KING: Were you very close to your father?
LISA-MARIE PRESLEY: Yes.
KING: It was a daddy-daughter kind of thing?
L.-M. PRESLEY: Yeah, very much.
KING: What was he like as a father?
L.-M. PRESLEY: Very adoring, very sweet. Very -- I mean, I knew that he was crazy about me.
KING: Did you know what he was to the world at 9?
L.-M. PRESLEY: Yeah. You know, in some weird way I definitely got sort of grooved into the whole idea early on. So I don't know how that happened. It just kind of -- it just was -- that was my life. I didn't know any different.
In a world obsessed with her father — to the point that many refuse to believe he is dead -Lisa Marie Presley finds his name more of a curse than a blessing.
Elvis' only daughter will chat happily about her family — daughter Danielle, Son Ben, ex-husbands Danny Keough, Michael Jackson and mum Priscilla.
She'll talk freely about her work, her attempts at acting and her recent efforts in the recording studio.
But the mere mention of her dad, who died nearly 15 years ago when she was only nine, and Lisa Marie's responses come through gritted teeth. "I am aware of being born famous.
All my life I've had strangers asking me about my father and what it's like to be his daughter, I'm sick of it!"
Now 24, Lisa Marie is still the spitting image of the king of rock, but her voice is an assertive Californian rasp, rather than an echo of his southern drawl.
And Lisa would rather talk about the things that distance her from Elvis than the endless comparisons that are inevitably made whenever she appears in public.
"For a long time I used to believe I would never be anything but Elvis' daughter, never having my own identity. Now I am determined to make a life for myself.
I can't live my life in the shadow of my father's image forever. I want to do my own thing ... I want to have my own success.
Maybe as an actress, maybe as a singer, maybe as a mother. Whatever it is, I want to be totally in control of my own destiny."
∙ Her debut album To Whom It May Concern was certified Gold.
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