On May 1, 1967 he married Priscilla Anne Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Priscilla had been the step-daughter of Presley's commanding officer in Germany during his Army stint.
Incredibly, Elvis managed to talk Priscilla's mother and step-father into allowing the underaged girl to live with him at Graceland.
In her autobiography, Priscilla recounted how Elvis would stay up all night and sleep most of the day; if he wanted to go out, he'd rent out the venue so no fans would bother him.
Although he would spend hours alone with her in her bedroom, Priscilla wrote that Elvis never made any advances toward her.
February 1, 1968 their only child Lisa Marie was born, exactly nine months after the wedding.
June 28 Elvis began taping a Christmas special for NBC Television, dressed in his black leather. He returned back to the top of the American Entertainment scene.
With this success Presley turned to performing in Las Vegas.
On July 26, Presley began a month long appearance at the International Hotel. This set the course for all of his future performances.
His fee for four months was over a $1 million. Riding the crest of the comeback Presley released a series of top singles, including "In the Ghetto," "Suspicious Minds," "Don't Cry Daddy," and The Wonder of You".
Presley began touring again, his shows selling out and frequently breaking box office records.
Two on tour documentaries were released Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970) and Elvis On Tour (1972), the latter which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary.
Outwardly, Presley was more popular than ever and one of the biggest personality cults in modern history was taking hold.
Off stage Presley was plagued with self doubt, poor management, and a basic dissatisfaction with his life.
He repeatedly threatened to quit show business, but debts and financial obligations to his large extended family, employees, and assorted hangers on made that impossible. Presley turned to drugs.
After leaving the army he became wary of the public and would often rent whole movie theatres and amusement parks that he would visit at night.
By the late Sixties he was an almost total recluse.
Although evidence that Presley began taking drugs shortly after began performing or while in the army, his abuse of prescription drugs increased during the last years of his life.
Through all this he remained highly spiritual and publicly denounced the use of recreational drugs.
Of course he would be looking through the crowd and seeing how they look, but that was the norm after the show to unwind, he wanted a lot of people up in the suite and there always were a lot of people up there.
When he first went to Vegas, and I guess the first movies, no female was safe, but in the later years Linda was there or Priscilla was there. In the last couple of years I can’t think of anybody but just whoever he was going with at the time, Linda, the other girl (can’t think of her name), and the rest of them were just somebody to talk to.
That’s the truth. I guess he was getting old! He had these books that people would bring him, some of them a little strange, but he was into that more than anything else. He was beginning to see things in the sky and things like that.
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