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Desert Oasis: 1962

Desert Oasis: 1962

June 13, 1962. "Helene Alexander at her home in Palm Springs, California, with Mrs. Zeppo Marx." Kodachrome by Cal Bernstein for the Look magazine assignment "Promised land for millions of migrating Americans: California's way-out way of life." View full size.

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Tragedy in paradise

Bob Alexander built much of Palm Springs' housing stock; there continue to be more than two thousand "Alexander houses" there. As an article about the Look article states, "Three years after the article ran, Bob and Helene [Alexander] and Bob's parents, George and Jimmie Alexander, died in a private plane crash a few miles from the home." For more, see

Only a Temporary Oasis

Sadly, Helene Alexander only had three more years to live-she died in a well-publicized plane crash on November 14, 1965, only miles from her house.

A white roof is a good choice

Except for the tennis court, today it looks like just another mansion in the neighborhood.

The more I see of this house, the less impressed I am. Those zig-zag stepping stones take you from the street to the front door. What a nightmare for mail and delivery people; in addition to being a high maintenance attraction that the owners cannot see from inside their house. Today, anyone who knows this house is going to drive or walk up the driveway and use the kitchen door. That big bay window is a bedroom. In that location it should be a public room. Just my opinion.

The "Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway"

Where Elvis and Priscilla Presley famously spent their honeymoon.

The most recent owner had made sporadic attempts at offering tours and event rental services, but never quite worked it out. It just sold two months ago, so we'll see what the new owners have in store!

After Zeppo

Mrs. Zeppo Marx was later Mrs. Frank Sinatra.

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