The family of Denise DuBarry Hay has planned a Celebration of Life and new Walk of Stars dedication to the late humanitarian, philanthropist, television, film actress, and producer.

It will take place in Palm Springs at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26 on the Corner of Tahquitz and Palm Canyon right next to Starbucks.

DuBarry Hay was born on March 6, 1956 and died suddenly from a rare fungus infection on March 23, 2019. The event is free and open to the public.

Known as a pioneer in the industry, DuBarry Hay co-founded Thane International Inc., a direct response industry company along with her husband, Bill Hay, in 1990, as well as their popular company Kaswit.

As an actress, DuBarry Hay is best known for her role as nurse Lt. Samantha Green on the television series “Black Sheep Squadron” and as Johanna Franking in the film “Being There.”

DuBarry Hay, a proven formidable producer, recently produced and starred in the local made film “Do It Or Die” in 2017, and more recently “Walk to Vegas” in 2019, both which were screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. 

DuBarry Hay was also known for her support of the nonprofit Olive Crest, as well as Palm Springs Women in Film and Television serving as past-president and founder of the Broken Glass Awards.   An advocate of Yoga for years, Denise opened Bikram Yoga in Palm Desert and just recently, her second Bikram Yoga studio in Palm Springs*.  She was known to be the ultimate entrepreneur, she fulfilled a dream to own a health food restaurant, and back in 2018, opened Wildest Greens in Palm Desert.

Most importantly, this award winning, highly acclaimed and widely honored woman was first and foremost a devoted wife, mother, sister, child and friend to many.  She had an uncanny way of juggling life’s demands, and, as she liked to say with tongue in cheek, was a time stretcher, always able to carve out precious time to listen to those family members, friends, associates and employees, who really needed her ear.

DuBarry Hay’s sister, Suzanne DuBarry will be the mistress of ceremonies along with Denise’s husband, Bill, accepting the star dedication on behalf of his late wife.  Also, on hand will be Denise’s sisters Adrienne and Diana, as well as her daughter Whitney for the unveiling of the star.

“We are all extremely touched and grateful for the outpouring of calls, letters, emails, texts, and cards of love for our amazing and beloved Denise,” said Suzanne DuBarry said in a prepared statement.  “This celebration of life and re-dedication of a new star in her honor is our way of saying thank you to all she touched and touched her.  Her new star, in its special new spot in central Palm Springs, reflects all of her many accomplishments.  Denise’s star, appropriately, will be placed next to her dear friend and former movie co-star’s star, the former Mayor of Palm Springs, Sonny Bono.”

The following are speakers:

Mistress of Ceremonies, Suzanne DuBarry, Denise’s sister; Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon; Harold Matzner, entrepreneur, who served on many boards with Denise; Patti Gribow, actress/producer, who has known DuBarry Hay since their children went to Marywood Palm Valley, as well as involvement with PENN, Women’s Leadership Forum, and Palm Springs Women in Film and Television.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Bikram Yoga Plus Palm Springs the same day, Friday, April 26 at noon.  The address is 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive, No. 206.



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  • Denise Dubarry Hay: DeAnn Lubell-Ames