Once living in Memphis in 1962, Priscilla Beaulieu says she moved into Graceland bit by bit, at first spending occasional nights with Presley, later moving in and sleeping together every night. In her 1985 autobiography, Elvis and Me, she describes Presley as a very passionate man with a Pentecostal upbringing plus his generation's double standard that cheered men for their sexual prowess with women, insisting a girl should remain a virgin until married and if she did not, she would be labeled a "slut." Presley told her that they had to wait until they were married before having actual intercourse (p.130) but they could do "other things."
She writes, "we had a strong connection, much of it sexual. The two of us created some exciting and wild times." Beaulieu also recounted how Elvis would stay up all night and sleep most of the day. If he wanted to go out, he would rent out the venue so no fans would bother him, or arrange with store owners to shop after hours when the store was closed. She also talked about the prescription sleeping pills that were present from the very first night she spent with him and how their usage and variety escalated dramatically during the years they were together.
She and Presley were married on May 1, 1967 and daughter Lisa Marie was born nine months later on February 1, 1968. They separated in February of 1972 and were divorced in October of 1973. Their divorce provided for mutual custody of Lisa Marie, who lived with Priscilla in Los Angeles and with her father at Graceland.
Priscilla Presley made her television debut in 1980 as a co-host of the ABC series Those Amazing Animals. She went on to portray Jenna Wade on the soap opera Dallas from 1983 to 1988 and starred opposite Leslie Nielsen in The Naked Gun gag movie trilogy.
She has lived with Brazilian writer-director Marco Garibaldi since 1984; their son, Navarone, was born on March 1, 1987.
∙ Elvis and Me (1985), ISBN 0399129847
∙ Elvis by the Presleys with Lisa Marie Presley (2005), ISBN 0307237419
Ann-Margret: "Elvis' reputation will never die!" (Ann-Margaret was Elvis' co-star in Viva Las Vegas)
Cybil Shepherd: "Every time I visit the folks back home I say a prayer over his grave — his spirit is with me to this day." (Cybil, Memphis born actress and former Miss Tennessee)
Linda Thompson: "Once Elvis touched your life you're never the same. (Elvis' live-in-sweetheart for 5 years. She recently made millions selling off the jewelry that Elvis gave her)
Ginger Alden: "Having been loved by Elvis, it's hard to find a replacement." (It was Ginger who discovered Elvis' body in the bathroom, at Graceland)
When Lisa Marie was 8-years-old, her proud father, Elvis, gave his beloved child a mink coat and a diamond ring. Elvis spoiled their little girl so much that Lisa Marie would throw tantrums when she returned to her mother after a Daddy visit, screaming, "I wanna go back to Graceland!"
There, Elvis allowed Lisa Marie to tear around in her own golf cart until 4 a.m. "She was a terror when I got her back," says Priscilla.
When Lisa Marie turned 16, Priscilla handed her a unique gift. "I gave her all the tabloids I had kept, everything that was written about her. And me. She got the message: "No matter what you do-or don’t do-your past will always find you."
Few 58-year-old grandmas look as good as Priscilla. Any woman would be moved to ask: despite all the dramas, no frown lines?
How? "I’ll tell you why I have no lines. Elvis used to slap me in the forehead every time I looked up .
He’d tell me not to use my forehead to look up, only use my eyes. Pow! I still feel his hand there. I’ve never had Botox, any of that, in my forehead."
She simply never furrowed, no matter what. If she hunched over, Elvis would tap her on the back.
Priscilla says she doesn’t regret her days as Mrs. Presley. But she does understand now what made it so unworkable. "I lived somebody else’s life. It was never about me, it was really about him on every level."
Priscilla says Elvis brought out the mothering quality in her. "I cut his meat up for him. I tasted it before he ever had it.
She also tells LHJ that it was hard telling Elvis the truth, even about how he looked in those white jumpsuits.
She reveals that when she told him "you really shouldn’t be wearing those anymoreit’s not looking good," Elvis would turn to his entourage to ask their opinion and they would say he looked "great."
Priscilla wants people to understand, "I have absolutely no anger. I don’t look back and go ▒Oh my gosh, look what happened to us.’
We had a closer bond, probably because the effort was off and there was just purity.
We realized that we liked each other, and that’s very special."
Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa is a close friend of her father's ex-girfriend Linda Thompson. In 2003, after advice from Thompson's record producer and then-husband David Foster, she launched a career as a singer.
Fearing he had been forgotten, Presley defied Parker and made a comeback television special.
Over the summer he taped the television special that was released on December 3 to high ratings.
It's soundtrack reached #8 and produced his first Top Twenty single "If I Can Dream" (#12, 1968) since 1965.
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 October 9, 1973, after 5 years of marriage Elvis and Priscilla were divorced. It was Elvis who filed for the divorce, as token gesture to save Priscilla the embarrassment as she was the mother of his daughter, Lisa Marie, who only 4 years old at the time.
"My worst memory, and the worst day of my life has to be the day Priscilla took Lisa Marie away from Graceland," says Schilling. "To this day, that image still haunts me..."
"It was I very sad day for all of us," says Schilling. "I remember how Elvis just stood in Lisa's bedroom and watched in silence as Alberta (Graceland's cook) helped Priscilla pack Lisa's clothes and toys into several suitcases... Elvis said nothing, but I could the pain in his eyes," recalls Schilling.
Presley married her first husband Danny Keough on October 3, 1988.
They had two children together, Danielle Riley (born May 19, 1989) and Benjamin Storm (born October 21, 1992). Presley divorced Keough on May 6, 1994.
On August 10, 2002 she married Nicolas Cage, someone well-known for his Elvis-obsession. They were together for only three months and divorced in 2002 (Cage later remarried).
In 2005 Presley was said to be dating her guitarist, Michael Lockwood.
The story of her parents' life together and her birth and childhood until her father's passing in 1977 was recounted in her mother's 1985 book, Elvis and Me.
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."
What she calls "just being a mother" seems to have been the making of Lisa Marie.
The birth of Elvis' grand daughter Danielle, now almost three years old, has forced maturity onto the former wild child.
My mother warned me having kids makes you face yourself ... know your limitations. Now I know what she means. And before you ask , my mother does not rule my life.
Staying at home with my baby has made me think about many things... like what I was put on this earth for."
While her belief in Scientology appears to answer the " why? " in her life, what Lisa Marie does is easily dealt with.
For the past year she has spent six hours a day, three days a week studying stage and screen acting at the reputable Wilshire Theatre. But despite her clear commitment, her father's name closes more doors than it opens.
I have auditioned for movie roles, just like the rest of my drama class, but it seems that my name has been a setback.
I've had my share of disappointments ... because many producers don't believe I'm taking acting seriously.
They think I'm just riding on the name Presley. But then I think about how my daddy was criticized at the beginning, and it gives me the willpower to keep going.
I'm no wimp, and I'm not about to give up after the first obstacle," says Lisa Marie.
"Even as a child, Lisa Marie would sit by the stereo and quietly listen to her father's recordings, over and over again.
She has certainly inherited an ear for music from Elvis. Lisa Marie has a very sharp sense when it comes to music, " says Charlie Hodge. " If she doesn't make it as a singer, she would make a great record producer."
Over and above her ambition to become an actress, Lisa Marie is trying her hand at recording an album in Nashville, in the very studio where her father played his last session in 1971.
∙ Her debut album To Whom It May Concern was certified Gold.
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