Get a Room: Mamie Van Doren Suite

Andreas Hotel & Spa room reflects movie star's sultry, sexy appeal



The Mamie Van Doren suite inside the Andreas Hotel & Spa reveals the movie star's history in Palm Springs.

Jim Powers

 

Mamie Van Doren has been a guest of The Andreas Hotel & Spa, nestled nicely in downtown Palm Springs.

Now her place at the historic inn is more permanent.

Born Joan Olander, she was discovered during the “Miss Palm Springs” contest by one of the judges, billionaire Howard Highes, who quickly got her signed by RKO Pictures.

Goodbye, Joan. Hello Mamie.

Her place in Palm Springs history is captured within the Mamie Van Doren room in the Andreas Hotel. The room looks out onto Palm Canyon Drive, which she rode a horse down in the 1950s as “Miss Rodeo”.

“I think it might be surprising to someone to see how much history she has here,” says Reggie Cameron of Everydia Creative in Palm Springs. “She was discovered at the Chi Chi when Desi Arnez was playing there.”

She appeared in more than 40 films, including her first major role in The All American with Tony Curtis in 1953. However, she may be best remembered for Untamed Youth in 1957 in which she became the first actress to sing rock ‘n’ roll in an American musical film, according to Wikipedia.

Her blonde hair and sultry looks made studio execs hopeful they had found the next Marilyn Monroe.

The hotel room plays to her sex appeal, and everything in it was personally chosen by Mamie herself.

Like what you're reading? Then "Like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter.

 

VIDEO: Take a tour of the Mamie Van Doren suite at The Andreas Hotel & Spa in Palm Springs. Narration by Reggie Cameron.

Add your comment:
Desert Guide

Related Articles

Top 10 Road Trip Videos in Greater Palm Springs Area

Some of the most unique and interesting places to visit are within an easy drive of the Greater Palm Springs area.

Explore Palm Springs: Beating the Heat Before Air Conditioning

Summers in Palm Springs before air conditioning meant finding creative ways to try and stay cool.

10 Things to Do in Palm Springs This Weekend

Palm Springs Life helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.

Desert Staycations

The Palm Springs area is filled with resorts offering packages in the summer months to help people unwind and have fun.

Lisa Vanderpump Achieves Star Status in Palm Springs

Lisa Vanderpump, one of the stars of the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills', will receive the 372nd star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars July 30.

Promotions + Contests

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

Experience the beauty, romance and excitement of the Palm Springs area when you enter to be the lucky winner of this romantic couple’s getaway
90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Each month, a first place winner will be selected to win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!And, each month, three additional runners up will be selected to win a wonderful Palm Springs area Dining certificate!
2013/14 Best of the Best

2013/14 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Enter your “Cutest Pet” photo in the Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest. Online users will be able to like the Cutest Pet photos from six (6) categories.