When she met Elvis Presley, she was only 14 years old. The king of rock and roll knew right away that he was the most amazing creature in the world. Three years later, she lived with him in the famous Graceland villa, and she became a new style icon. Today, Priscilla Presley is 77 years old, and it’s all about her again, thanks to Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” musical, which will soon hit movie theaters.
– I was a very shy girl Priscilla Presley said. She was born on May 24, 1945 in Brooklyn. Her mother, Anna Lillian Iversen, was only 19 years old. Father, James Wagner, military pilot by profession – 23. Six months later, he died in a plane crash. Soon, Priscilla’s mother married. The chosen one was Paul Beaulieu, an officer in the US Land Forces. She took his nickname and gave it to her daughter. Paul gave birth to five children. Every few years the whole family went to where his unit was stationed. Priscilla will later say that the constant removals have been a nightmare for her. She felt that she had no roots. She avoided building deeper relationships with her peers, fearing that she would not be able to maintain them.
Teenage rock star: Priscilla and Elvis met in Germany
In 1958, Priscilla Beaulieu graduated from high school and found out that she was going to transfer again. This time across the ocean – her family lived in Germany. The 13-year-old was desperate. She didn’t know she would meet a rock legend there“n“Roll and love your life. Because it so happened that Elvis Presley was doing military service in Germany. He was 24 years old and he was on top. He didn’t have to join the army at all, but he wanted to. German fans fainted at the sight of a handsome soldier with an angelic voice. Of course, Presley can count on perks. He spent only a few days in the barracks, then moved to a guest house in Bad Nauheim. It was there, at one of the receptions that he held regularly, that he first saw Priscilla at the age of fourteen.
“A colleague asked me if I wanted to meet a rock star. I definitely wanted!” – she recalls. It seems that the musician just looked at her. Priscilla still doesn’t know why she’s so fascinated. A few days later, he asked to meet again. The teen’s parents nodded, but Elvis Presley had promised to drive Priscilla home by 10 p.m. Over time, he gained their trust and was able to see her regularly. In her book, Elvis and I, she writes that their meetings were often like therapy sessions. The musician shared her problems that were far from those of the average teen. On the other hand, she loved her when he trusted her.
In March 1960, Presley left his military service and returned to the United States. Priscilla, who was 15 years old, became a favorite of the local media. She was offered sessions, interviews, letters were sent, and there were also threats. Rumors about her lover were willingly shared with her. One was about Elvis’ romance with Nancy Sinatra. Therefore, over time, the teenager decided that his relationship with the music legend was a thing of the past, and decided to return to a normal life. But Elvis did not let her forget himself. He made regular calls and urged Priscilla to come to him in the States. Because of the constant phone calls and the time difference, the girl came to school drowsy, unable to focus on studying. She begged her parents to let her go to her lover. and finally gave up.
In the summer of 1962, 17-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu met Elvis, who took her to Las Vegas. That’s when I found out that his life was basically one big party. At that time, during her first trip with her lover, Priscilla took amphetamines for the first time. She also took sleeping pills. To keep up with the beloved – the star ended at about 6 am, and the day began at 4 pm. She was in love and ready for anything for Elvis.
When she got back to Germany, all she thought about was Presley. The girl’s parents realized that the daughter was really in love and agreed that she would travel to the United States again, this time forever. However, they set three conditions. First, she had to finish high school there. Secondly – she was not allowed to live with Elvis. She was supposed to stay at his parents’ house, just a few blocks from Presley’s Mansion. “It doesn’t matter, because I stayed with him the whole time,” she revealed years later. And finally, third, they promised Elvis that he would marry their daughter when she came of age. The singer agreed to all the terms.
After marriage: Lisa Marie Presley was born on February 1, 1968
Priscilla Beaulieu and Elvis Presley were married on May 1, 1967 in Las Vegas for eight minutes. They were in love, but went down the aisle a little under duress. They were pressured by Priscilla’s parents and Elvis’ manager, and the audience expected it. Priscilla admitted to the ladies: “We were happy just because we lived together”” Home Journal “in 1973. “But in those days you could not only live together. It is not well seen.
Soon after the wedding, she realized that Elvis was unmarried. He was not just a husband. She confessed. He was cheating on her all the time, not even trying to hide her. And when ‘Kind’ informed her of her husband’s subsequent affairs, she tried to ignore their words. She knew Presley loved her, albeit ‘in his own way.’ monogamous relationship. Marriage was not for him. That is why he did not marry again.
While her husband led an exciting life, Priscilla rarely left their Graceland mansion. “I loved playing at home,” she said in an interview. “I was finally able to take care of Elvis, and take care of every aspect of his life. We had no servants or cleaners. I took care of everything myself.” However, she had no role in Presley’s career. Guysdor did not want his wife to appear at his concerts, he was against her company during the concert tours. Perhaps because of what happened during his shows. Presley was said to give more kisses than he sings songs. That is why Priscilla saw that her husband only lives once.
Soon after the wedding, it turned out that she was pregnant. She was not so happy. She was afraid that the child would disturb her intimate relationship with her husband. Besides, she didn’t want to become a mother so quickly. I considered taking the pill, but Elvis decided that the drug, which had been brought into widespread use only a few years ago, was not reliable. They talked about abortion, but decided that neither of them wanted to live with the psychological burden that could be associated with the termination of pregnancy. So, on February 1, 1968, Lisa Marie Presley was born.
Priscilla stayed with her daughter at Graceland most of the time. Slowly, monotony crept into her life. Elvis was not around often, because he starred in Las Vegas or made films and had romantic relationships with the actresses on the set. She was lonely, starting to search for a passion in which she might lose herself. She enrolled in a karate course and dance lessons. She got into a relationship with a dance instructor, and was a fan of her karate teacher. As she admitted in her book, the romance cemented her decision that she should leave her husband.
Especially since, as she revealed many years later, there was no sex in their relationship. “Even before we got married, Elvis told me he wouldn’t be able to have sex with a woman who had a baby,” she said. Since Priscilla became a mother, she has ceased to feel attraction to her husband. She knew he was in an affair with beautiful women, and was aloof from her. “In this marriage, my mental or physical needs were not met.”
In February 1972, Presley divorced. They divorced after a year and a half. It was a friendly break, including financial terms that suited Priscilla. They decide to take care of their daughter together. There was not even a single indictment or controversial ruling in court. The former couple left the building tangled. They remained close friends until Presley’s death in 1977.
After the divorce of Priscilla Presley – a blue-eyed brunette with a charming and distinctive hairstyle, always feminine and elegant, with elements of rock style“n“Roll – spread its wings. Together with her designer friend, she opened the Bis & Beau store in Los Angeles. To this day, celebrities take inspiration from Presley’s style of the ’70s. And the boutique became a focal point on the Hollywood fashion map. He was regularly visited by the icons of those times: Cher, Lisa Minnelli, Barbra Streisand and Natalie Wood. Priscilla closed the business in 1976, just before Elvis’ death.
Without Elvis: Priscilla achieved her dream of acting after the death of her husband
After the departure of the king of rock“n“Rola took care of his heritage. In the summer of 1982, Graceland Estate opened to tourists. The villa in which Presley lived with his wife and daughter has become one of the most famous in America. Priscilla also launched the Elvis Presley Enterprises Fund, worth over $100 million today. In the late 1980s, Priscilla launched her own line of perfumes and furnishings.
The ex-wife of Elvis Presley was also involved in the world of cinema. She always wanted to try her chances in modeling and acting, but the musician opposed her. He believed that a woman’s place is the home and that her primary job was to take care of her husband. Only after his death did she dare to appear in films and serials. She turned down her role in “Charlie’s Angels” but played in “Dallas” for five years. In 1988, Priscilla made her motion picture debut opposite Leslie Nielsen in the comedy “Naked Gun”. She liked viewers and producers, so she starred in the next two parts of the film.
After the divorce, she dated famous and wealthy men, including lawyer Rob Kardashian. She is said to have had an affair with Richard Gere and Julie Iglesias. She did not get seriously involved with Brazilian screenwriter Marc Anton Garcia until 1984. In March 1987, their son, Navarone Garibaldi, was born. Presley and Garcia have been together for more than two decades.
At a Hollywood event shortly after Presley’s death, Priscilla met John Travolta. The actor introduced her to the assumptions of Scientology, of which he is an ardent follower. Priscilla, grieving the loss of her ex-husband, entered the Church of Scientology. In his spirit she was raising her daughter. In 2017, rumors circulated that after 40 years of actively supporting Scientologists, she had finally left the community. But Presley’s manager quickly stopped these rumors. Lisa Marie must have left the cult. “I felt like they were taking my money, my soul, everything slowly,” she admitted in one of the interviews. Lisa’s decision reportedly affected her mother enough that she distanced herself from the Church of Scientology. However, she has not left the community yet.
In May 2022, 76-year-old Priscilla Presley appeared at the MET Gala, dressed from head to toe in Prada. She was accompanied on the red carpet by 30-year-old Austin Butler. It is he who plays Elvis Presley in the latest film by Bose Luhrmann, the author of “Moulin Rouge!” and ‘The Great Gatsby’“Selfish”. “Elvis” will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival and will have its world premiere this summer. “I love this movie,” Priscilla admitted. 24 year old Australian Olivia Dejung.The film costumes were designed by Academy Award winner Catherine Martin and collaborated with Miuccia Prada.They recreate the creations of Priscilla Presley, including the happiest moments in their early relationship with Elvis.