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Golden Door getting a rejuvenation of its own
Golden Door getting a rejuvenation of its own

On a nondescript road in the rambling hills near Escondido, Calif., bejeweled gold doors mark the gateway to the Golden Door spa, the getaway where Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Burt Lancaster and other Hollywood luminaries escaped to shape up between film roles. More recent visitors include Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, Nicole Kidman and Barbra Streisand. Founded in 1958 by Deborah Szekely and her then-husband, Edmond, the Golden Door initially accommodated just 12 guests as an upscale alternative to Rancho La Puerta, the "health camp" the Szekelys opened in 1940 in Tecate, Mexico, a forerunner of today's wellness retreats. The earliest visitors brought...

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