Monday, April 30, 2012

Every day in the Coachella Valley thousands of people drive along streets with names like "Bob Hope," "Dinah Shore," and "Frank Sinatra."

In Cathedral City there is "George Montgomery." While you may have heard about or are familiar with the stars of most of the streets in the Coachella Valley, George Montgomery may have slipped by many minds simply because he worked mostly on Western films, a film genre that's not all that popular today, like it was in the 1930s and 40s.

Gee, these blasts from the past get confusing for me. For one they all look alike to me (white, dashing and sophisticated) and two, their names can be mixed-up--think about it--both George Hamilton and Montgomery Clift have part of George Montgomery's name. All three seem as if they came from the same era, a time and place anyone under 60 might not familiar with.

The actor did have connections to Palm Springs. He lived here and he married one of its most famous residents, Dinah Shore. More about her in a future post.