7 Días De Fiesta

Palm Springs Weekend (1963) in Mexico: Robert Conrad, Diane McBain, Stefanie Powers, Troy Donahue.

Palm Springs Champagne

Stefanie Powers and Troy Donahue in Palm Springs Weekend (1963), directed by Norman Taurog.

Merle Johnson goes to Palm Springs

Troy Donahue (born Merle Johnson 27 January 1936, New York City, New York; died 2 September 2001, Santa Monica, California). First credit: The Tarnished Angels (1957). Selected credits: Imitation of Life (1959) with Sandra Dee, A Summer Place (1959) with Sandra Dee, Parrish (1961) with Connie Stevens and Diane McBain, Susan Slade (1962) with Connie…

Concetta Anna Ingolia

Connie Stevens: born Concetta Anna Ingolia 8 August 1938, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

A blond beefcake in Palm Springs

Troy Donahue in a publicity photo for Palm Springs Weekend (1963). Palm Springs wanted nothing to do with “letting loose,” thank you.

Conrad and Connie

Robert Conrad and Connie Stevens, co-stars as crime-busting collaborators in 90 episodes of Hawaiian Eye (TV 1959 – 63), before co-starring as villain and victim in Palm Springs Weekend (1963).

Connie Stevens

Connie Stevens: born Concetta Anna Ingolia 8 August 1938, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Troy in San Francisco

Troy Donahue (born Merle Johnson, 27 January 1936, New York City, New York; died 2 September 2001, Santa Monica, California).

Three Faces of Troy

Troy Donahue was studying journalism at Columbia University and pursuing an acting career in stock productions when he landed his first film role, a bit part in “Man Afraid” (1957).

Ty Hardin

Ty Hardin in Palm Springs Weekend (1963). TCM: 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”.

Troy and Stefanie

Troy Donahue and Stefanie Powers in Palm Springs Weekend (1963). Palm Springs wanted nothing to do with “letting loose,” thank you. As soon as Variety announced on February 6, 1963, that a movie was going to be made based on a wild weekend in the desert, Palm Springs sprung into action. Under the Variety headline…