Sunday, July 02, 2006

Desert Shadows is the Setting for the Most Un-Blind Date Ever

No Secrets on This Blind Date -- Web's Katwoman Goes Native for ‘Jane Magazine’ at Palm Springs Resort

Actress Shannon Marie Codner Has Warm Words For Desert Shadows, Hot Naturist Retreat

Palm Springs, Calif. (PRWEB) June 28, 2006 -- Blind dates evoke all kinds of adolescent angst, but that persistent matter of “mystery” was quickly dispatched recently when actress Shannon Marie Codner experienced her latest pre-arranged rendezvous.

Both Codner (, the Web’s Katwoman, and her date – Anu McKnight, another Southern Californian – met in the altogether at Desert Shadows Inn Resort & Villas in Palm Springs. The matchmaker in this case was Jane Magazine, who paired Codner and McNight, for the sake of fun and good journalism. The encounter, which will be featured in the August issue of the magazine, was a winner. And for both, it was the first visit to a naturist resort.

“It certainly was a novelty being naked during the entire experience, but I found that it was possible to socialize without pretensions, as well as without clothes,” Codner said. “And Desert Shadows was as comfortable an environment as I had heard it would be – gracious, inviting, full of amenities.”

For Codner, Desert Shadows’ warmth clearly wasn’t limited to the Coachella Valley sun.

“Upon arrival, a guest couldn’t have asked for a more friendly staff,” she said. “From the moment I walked through the door, I was made to feel like part of the Desert Shadows family. The views surrounding the inn are breathtaking. People of all ages were already there lounging by the pool or taking up a game of tennis. My first stop was the café to grab a bite to eat. The food was delicious. Some folks had tan lines and some did not. I look forward to going back.”

Her visit to the popular resort isn’t likely to stop at Jane Magazine’s pages. She’s clearly been smitten with the naturist experience – an especially welcome turn of events, given her new-found appreciation of a lifestyle where a smile is indeed enough to get by.

Away from the languor of the desert, Codner has been busy, busy. She recently co-hosted the pilot episode of “The Rock & Roll Musical Circus” and serves as the host of “Models, Motors & Music,” currently airing throughout Southern and Central California as well as Nevada. In that capacity, Codner interviews musicians who range from GRAMMY® Award winners to the local indie band looking for a big break. She’s also an occasional guest co-host of the TV show “Musical Café,” a live call-in program that airs in Santa Barbara.

Look for Codner in the upcoming horror flick “Chiseled,” due out this October, just in time for Halloween. As she recounts it, “the film was already done and the studio came back and said that it needed to be sexier, so my character ‘Kirsten’ was then added to the script. I play opposite the lead actor in the film. Do I get killed? Well, you’ll just have to watch the film to find out! Just make sure you don’t watch while eating because this is one gruesome flick!’’ She was delighted to work with the cast and crew, describing executive producer Peter J. Abrahams as “the kind of producer any actor should hope for.”

Abrahams, responding in kind, described Codner as “very accommodating and very professional. The project will definitely have a definitive added value as a result of your performance.”


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