A City Comes Out: How Celebrities Made Palm Springs a Gay and Lesbian Paradise (Barricade Books)
This is the first such history of the
resort which is today America's most famous homosexual haven and vacation destination.
Beginning with a richly detailed story of how (and why) Palm Springs evolved from
a popular family resort into a celebrated gay and lesbian oasis, the book
includes the intimate stories of both closeted and "out" celebrities who, by their presence
and power in the town, made the resort what it is today. They include Mary Martin, Rock
Hudson, Greta Garbo and Claudette Colbert, Tab Hunter and Cary Grant, and many more. These days, Palm Springs has become the watering spot for the current generation
of proudly out gays like Cheryl Crane, Mayor Stephen Pougnet, City Councilman Rick
Hutchenson, and leaders in professions ranging from architecture to writing.
Nationally syndicated columnist Liz Smith has called Wallace "the maestro of entertainment history." He has covered celebrities and the movie industry as a
journalist for more than twenty years, and he has written a number of acclaimed books about Hollywood's golden age, including "Lost Hollywood," "Hollywoodland," "Exiles in Hollywood," as well as the photo books, "Malibu, A Century of Living by the Sea" and "Dream Palaces of Hollywood's Golden Age."