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Priscilla Presley: Rare Facts About Elvis Presley’s Wife

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Released last June, the musical biopic “Elvis” focused on the meteoric success of the rock’n’roll icon then embodied by the magnetic Austin Butler, through his relationship with his manager, played by American actor Tom Hanks. The King’s wife, Priscilla Presley played an important role in his career and personal life. And this article is about some lesser known facts about the wife of Elvis Presley. 

Priscilla Presley: Lesser Known Details About The Wife Of Elvis! 

Priscilla tried to become an actress:

Priscilla Presley was Elvis Presley’s wife from 1967 to 1972 before becoming an actress. Priscilla Presley sporadically distinguished herself as an actress in the 1980s, notably in the comedy trilogy The Naked Gun and in the role of Jenna Wade in the hit series Dallas. 

After being featured so sporadically as an actress, she opened a luxury clothing store and began a career as a model in Los Angeles. Her modeling in 1960s fashion inspired the pin-up looks of Amy Winehouse and singer Lana Del Rey. 

Priscilla created Elvis Presley Enterprises after Elvis died:

Priscilla is an actress, who starred in many successful movies, and an entrepreneur who managed to turn her ex-husband’s fortune into a multi-million dollar business – Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Priscilla once revealed she didn’t have any control over her life: 

When she was 14, Priscilla met Elvis Presley, but they didn’t marry until he was 21. Their only child was born in 1968, but the family broke up four years later, and Priscilla explained that she and Lisa got lost in her former husband’s life.

When Priscilla was married to Elvis at a young age, it was hard for her to let go of the singer who exhibited controlling characteristics. After the wedding, Elvis’ friends became Priscilla’s friends, and his tastes became hers. It was only after their divorce that she was able to make a career in Hollywood and explore other relationships, including friendships and love.

Sofia Coppola’s next film will be a biopic about Priscilla Presley: 

Priscilla Presley, the wife of the late Elvis Presley recently had the right to an electric biopic signed on by Baz Luhrmann and was entitled to her own film through Sofia Coppola (the director behind Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie-Antoinette and The Bling Ring). 

Indeed, Francis Ford Coppola’s daughter’s most recent film, On the Rocks starring Bill Murray, was released more or less on Apple TV+ in October 2020. As of 2023, director Sofia Coppola plans to make a new film revolving around the rock’n’roll icon, but this time centered on the figure of Priscilla Presley. 

In June, Australian director Baz Luhrmann tackled the Elvis myth with a fiery biopic about the King who, despite a more or less mixed reception, had managed to collect 283 million dollars at the worldwide box office. 

On the other hand, director Sofia Coppola wants to focus on Priscilla Presley who only occupied a secondary role in Baz Luhrmann’s film, then interpreted by the young Olivia DeJonge acting as the spouse of the new darling of Hollywood, Austin Butler, in the skin of Elvis in the latest American-Australian musical film. 

The storyline of Priscilla Presley’s new biopic: 

For those who are wondering, the acclaimed director will adapt Priscilla Presley’s memoir, Elvis and Me, published in 1985, for distribution company A24. 

The film will focus on Elvis’ tumultuous – and in many ways – toxic relationship with his only wife, Priscilla, whom he met in 1959 when she was just fourteen. They married in 1967 and had an only daughter, Lise Marie Presley, before divorcing a few years later. 

On the casting side, Elvis Presley will this time be played by Jacob Elordi, one of the stars of the Euphoria series (alias Nate in the flagship HBO series), while Priscilla Presley will be interpreted by Cailee Spaeny, seen in the second part of Pacific Rim as well as the series DEVS ( Alex Garland , FX), Mare of Easttown (HBO) and The First Lady (Showtime). The film, which will be shot in Toronto in the fall, is among others produced by American Zoetrope, the production company created by Francis Ford Coppola, which is preparing a big cursed film and has been in the works for many years, Megalopolis. 

Priscilla Presley’s other lovers after Elvis:

Priscilla Presley was married to Elvis Presley for six years, but the duo had known each other for over a decade. Priscilla was a young teenager when she first set eyes on the superstar, and in a way she lived in his shadow before and during their union. It is immediately love at first sight for Elvis and Priscilla Ann Wagner who met in Bad Nauheimen, Germany, in 1959. In 1962, the couple arrived in Los Angeles, the young woman was only sixteen turning seventeen and the King was twenty-seven.

Decades have passed since their divorce and since the world lost an iconic singer, but many still associate him with the woman who fell in love with him during his youth.

Although Elvis was an important companion in her life and her only husband, Priscilla Presley had other relationships, one of which was widely documented by her former lover, Michael Edwards, a model. 

Prior to that she first dated a karate instructor named Mike Stone. Priscilla never remarried but had a lasting relationship with her son’s father, Garibaldi.

Priscilla Presley also reportedly slept with Richard Gere: 

Back in 2021, it was revealed that Priscilla Presley, the wife of Elvis Presley (the King of Rock & Roll) accidentally slept with one of Hollywood’s famous actors, but here’s the catch: SHE DOESN’T REMEMBER HER short-lived affair.

During Edwards (her boyfriend after Elvis) and Priscilla’s seven-year romance, a lot has happened. As with most celebrity couples, various sources have shared details of these getaways; the most credible is Edwards’ 1988 publication which discusses his relationship with Priscilla.

One of the most striking confessions was her revelation about how her former love had a one night stand with Richard Gere. After the event, Mike Edwards claimed that Priscilla could barely remember what happened. Yet, according to Edwards, it happened.

On page 252 of Micheal’s book, “Pricilla, Elvis & Me,” Priscilla’s former boyfriend Edwards recounts how Priscilla left her business in a hurry to see an estate attorney, a trip from which she never returned.

Priscilla’s former boyfriend Michael Edwards went to bed late and bombarded his friend’s phone with calls which she never answered, until, in the early hours of the morning, her then lover explained to her what had happened.

He wrote: “There was silence. And then I could hear her muffled sobs. I asked her what happened, but I already knew.”

Richard Gere, an A-list actor crossed paths with Elvis’s wife because the same agent was representing Priscilla and she allegedly had a little too much to drink.

“When we finally left and got out to get our cars. He asked me where I was going; I said ‘Home’ to him, he shook his head, gave me a smile and said ‘No, you’re not going.’ I ended up in his car…I can’t remember anything very clearly after that,” the writer penned, giving his readers the only details he ever got from Priscilla who told him she woke up next to Gere after a night of passion. 

Priscilla is a mother and grandmother:

She is also the mother of two children and the grandmother of three grandchildren. 

Lisa Marie Presley:

Her first child, the late Lisa Marie Presley, was a mother and had been married more than once. Lisa’s first husband was Danny Keough, with whom she shared two children; one of their kids is Riley the granddaughter of Elvis but her brother is now deceased. Priscilla’s daughter married secondly to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and later married Nicholas Cage. She also has two younger daughters, Harper and Finley, from her marriage to Michael Lockwood, a musician. The family live in Europe, in the village of Rotherfield, in East Sussex.

Navarone:

Priscilla’s second child was born out of her long-term relationship with film producer and director Marco Garibaldi. The couple had a son named Navarone.

For now, her focus is on herself, looking younger and living healthier, her adorable grandchildren, the inseparable bond between her and Lisa, and keeping the legacy alive. In 2020 the Presleys were hit by a sad event, including the loss of a key member of the family, their child and grandson, Benjamin Keough. A tragic death that upset the whole family, but even more Priscilla Presley. By 2023, Lisa Marie also died. 

Priscilla couldn’t watch Baz Luhrman’s biopic, ‘Elvis’:

A difficult reliving of her husband Elvis’s death that seems to never end with several biopics, Priscilla Presley struggled to see scenes from ‘Elvis’ with Colonel Parker. 

Elvis Presley’s widow endured Baz Luhrman’s biopic, ‘Elvis’, and said she struggled to watch it because it severely reminded her of “the many bad memories”, and not always very good ones.

Priscilla Presley self-evoked her very tense relationship between the King and his impresario. Their disagreement centered on the choice of films in a manner where Elvis Presley wanted to make films, serious films”, but the Dutch Parker led him towards commercialism. 

“I lived the fights they had, I lived with Elvis trying to explain that he didn’t want to do the movies with all the girls and the beaches and everything, that he really wanted to do serious things. For her, Dutchman Parker “didn’t take Elvis where he wanted to be.” Despite everything, Elvis and Priscilla Presley were fooled by the good side of Colonel Parker, “the very soft side when he was not working”. 

Luckily, Baz Luhrmann turned everything around for her:

After having to worry about reliving her memories about Colonel Parker, Priscilla Presley admitted that she had been concerned about Baz Luhrmann’s recent biopic. 

In fact, I met him; I invited him to my house [and] we spent about four hours together. He put me a little at ease, but I still didn’t know how it was going to be. 

“I was a little worried at first when I heard Baz was going to do the movie,” she initially said but then continued to say that: “Wow, it’s Elvis, really! she said to herself. Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley were overwhelmed with emotion as they watched Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis”. 

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