Source: The Desert Sun – Written by: Xochitl Peña
PALM SPRINGS — A framed picture of the famed Racquet Club sits on Judy Dlugacz’s mantel, serving as a reminder of its rich history and what she will need to live up to as its latest owner.
“I look at it each day. The community has every right to care. I think the history is so phenomenal,” she said.
Opened by Charlie Farrell and Ralph Bellamy in 1934, the Racquet Club was known as a Hollywood hangout frequented by the likes of Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner. Marilyn Monroe is said to have been discovered there.
As its new owner, Dlugacz, who splits her time between San Francisco and Washington, D.C., plans to create an “LGBT and friends” housing project that is believed to be the first of its kind in the Coachella Valley, and the latest venture of her Olivia Communities company that organizes lesbian cruises and travel.
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