Alan Ladd's home is on Camino Norte in Palm Springs, California. It was designed for Ladd in 1955 by architect Donald Wexler in the Desert Modernist style. With the success of Shane in 1953, the film star was at the height of his career. His contract at Paramount ended and he began a partnership with Warner Bros. However, the hits stopped coming and he spent the next decade churning out increasing less and less popular fare. Among his films during this period were The Black Knight (1954), The McConnell Story (1955), Boy On a Dolphin (1957) and The Proud Rebel (1958). By the early '60's his career was dead. In June of 1963 he filmed a part in The Carpetbaggers which was primed to be his comeback role. In early 1964 he injured his knees and was spending time in his Palm Springs home to relax. On January 29 his butler found him in bed and was unable to rouse him. He had died at the age of 50 after suffering a cerebral edema due to a combination of alcohol and sleeping pills. The Carpetbaggers was released in April to great success. There is a plaque on the front gate stating this is the Alan Ladd Estate.