Stefanie Powers: born Stefanie Zofya Paul, 2 November 1942, Hollywood Los Angeles California USA.
She appeared in The Young Interns (1962) with Michael Callan (Gidget Goes Hawaiian), Cliff Robertson (Gidget), Swinging’ Together (TV 1963) with Peter Brooks (Gidget Goes To Rome, The Girls On The Beach, Girl Happy).
And starred in The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966–1967), featuring guest appearances from Julie Adams (Tickle Me), Michael Ansara (Harum Scarum), Brenda Benet (The Girls On The Beach), Cesare Danova (Gidget Goes To Rome), Danielle de Metz (Gidget Goes To Rome), Jocelyn Lane (Tickle Me, Hell’s Belles), China Lee (Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine), Fabrizio Mioni (Get Yourself A College Girl, Girl Happy), Luciana Paluzzi (Muscle Beach Party), Angelique Pettyjohn (The Cool Ones, Clambake, Hell’s Belles), Renie Riano (Bikini Beach, Pajama Party), Sabrina Scarf (Gidget TV).
Famous for playing Jennifer Hart in Hart to Hart (TV 1979-84), Stefanie Powers wins a page on Beach Party Movies for playing Bunny Dixon in the ‘pool party’ movie Palm Springs Weekend (1963) directed by Norman Taurog (Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine) and co-starring Troy Donahue (A Summer Place, Come Spy With Me), Connie Stevens (Hawaiian Eye TV), Bill Mumy (Dear Brigitte), Roger Bacon (Beach Party), Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island).
PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND 1963 U.S. film.
Troy Donahue sings “Live Young” (singing for the very first time).
It’s Palm Springs on Easter weekend…so get set for the invasion of the college students and their shenanigans! Before they head back to the books, there’ll be sun and fun, romance and heartbreak—and some teens who are just a little bit wiser than when they started out.
Palm Springs Weekend (1963) is a time capsule of ’60s talent, including Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Stefanie Powers, Robert Conrad, Jerry Van Dyke, Jack Weston, and more. It’s a West Coast version of Where the Boys Are (1960), with the same eternal conflicts between girls and boys looking for spring-break love and other diversions, all through the lens of early ’60s mores. Plenty of music and poolside mayhem ensue, with Billy Mumy as the pesky child whom no one wants to baby-sit.
The film features plenty of youthful potential from soon-to-be television favorites, such as Stefanie Powers (born Stefania Zofya Federkiewicz), three years before The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966). Tina Cole appears, uncredited, prior to Hawaiian Eye (1959), which also features her Palm Springs Weekend co-stars Robert Conrad (TV’s The Wild, Wild West), Connie Stevens and Troy Donahue. Cole would go on to appear in the hit TV series My Three Sons, joining the show in 1966 (the show began its broadcast in 1960).
Ty Hardin (born Orison Whipple Hungerford) plays a Hollywood stuntman and Connie Stevens’ Palm Springs hero, Stretch. Hardin had his own series, Bronco, from 1958-1962. According to the actor’s web site, he got “Ty” from his grandmother, who described him in childhood as a “Texas typhoon”.
Director Norman Taurog directed Elvis Presley in nine films, starting with G.I. Blues (1960) and at the age of 32 became – and remains – the youngest director to ever win an Oscar® (Skippy, 1931).
The film was written by Earl Hamner, Jr., a television fixture who spanned four decades. Hamner created Apple’s Way (1974), The Waltons (1980) (which he also narrated) and Falcon Crest (1981) and penned episodes for many other memorable shows, including The Twilight Zone (1959). He also wrote the screenplay for Where the Lilies Bloom (1974).