Lisa Marie Revealed There’s A Secret Room In Graceland That No One Knows About

Step into the one-time home of Elvis Presley, and you can almost feel his presence. But although anyone can take a trip into Graceland, which now operates as a museum, they have to stay away from the upper floor. That’s the private part of the house, you see. Here, according to the King of Rock and Roll’s daughter, Lisa Marie, there’s a hidden room that no mere mortal can find. And what this section of the sprawling mansion contains is truly extraordinary.

Elvis lived in Graceland for two decades, and during that time he turned the house and the near 14 acres of Memphis, Tennessee, on which it sits into the base of operations for his empire. The land was previously presided over by generations of the Toof family, who ran Memphis’ first commercial printing firm. And while these days the word “Graceland” is pretty synonymous with Elvis, that moniker actually dates to before the star moved in.

That’s right: the home was in fact given its name for a member of the Toof family. Back in 1939, Ruth Brown Moore and her husband Dr. Thomas Moore had the property constructed on the land of Graceland Farms, which was so-called for Ruth’s aunt, Grace. And thanks to the Moores’ daughter Ruth Marie, music had a part to play in the building before Elvis ever came along.

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An orchestra-standard harpist, Ruth Marie was known to perform in the mansion’s formal rooms. Perhaps Elvis could sense this when he was being shown Graceland, as he filled those same spaces with impromptu playalongs after he took ownership of the property. Such was his love for the place that, over the years, he increased the size of the home from 10,000 square feet to 17,000.

When Elvis became part of Graceland’s history in 1957, he was finishing work on his second film, Loving You, and laying down tracks for its accompanying LP. Already a legend – having released two albums and 48 singles by that point – he’d also been touring almost constantly for two long years.

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Then, on March 19, 1957, Elvis paid a $1,000 cash deposit on Graceland. Of course, the actual price for the southern Colonial-style mansion was much higher. It set Elvis back $102,500 – a staggering sum at the time. And it was, in fact, the second home that 22-year-old star had bought for his family, as he had purchased a house on East Memphis’ Audubon Avenue the previous year.

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Owing to Elvis’ rising fame, though, this residential neighborhood had become overrun with fans keen to get a glimpse of their new hero. That wasn’t exactly ideal if the King wanted some privacy. And Elvis also needed a place to house the growing entourage of extended family and friends who depended on him as he became a megastar. So, the magnificent mansion and its 13.8-acre estate were the answer.

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For all intents and purposes, Graceland was where Elvis would settle down with his parents, Vernon and Gladys, and his grandma, Vernon’s mom Minnie Mae. Unofficially, however, the revolving door would admit new and old friends who latched onto the superstar. These folks became known as the “Memphis Mafia,” and they treated the mansion as their own personal social club and lodging house.

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Mark Crispin Miller, the author of Boxed In: The Culture of TV, believed that Graceland was Elvis’ “home of the organization that was himself. [It] was tended by a large vague clan of Presleys and deputy Presleys, each squandering the vast gratuities which Elvis used to keep his whole world smiling.”

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And Elvis’ family lived in grand style. As Miller wrote, Vernon “had a swimming pool in his bedroom” along with a jukebox stocked with records handpicked by his son. Elvis himself would spend countless hours in his bedroom, keeping a watchful eye on the property on security cameras. Ultimately, though, Vernon would move out of Graceland after a family disagreement.

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You see, after Elvis’ mother passed away in 1958, his father wed again only two years later. And Vernon’s new wife, Dee Stanley, also stayed at Graceland for a while. But as Elaine Dundy revealed in her book Elvis and Gladys, Dee perhaps made herself too comfortable in the mansion, and this created some friction with its megastar owner.

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Dundy wrote, “Vernon had settled down with Dee where Gladys once reigned, while Dee herself – while Elvis was away – had taken over the role of mistress of Graceland so thoroughly as to rearrange the furniture and replace the very curtains that Gladys had approved of.” For Elvis, this was a step too far. And it would not stand.

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One day, Dundy explained, “a van arrived… and all Dee’s household goods, clothes, ‘improvements’ and her own menagerie of pets, were loaded on… while Vernon, Dee and her three children went by car to a nearby house on Hermitage… They finally settled into a house on Dolan Drive [that] ran alongside Elvis’ estate.” The King had sent Dee a clear message: she would not replace his mother.

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Only a few years later, of course, Elvis’ girlfriend Priscilla Beaulieu was living with him in Graceland. They were married in Las Vegas in 1967, and the next year saw the birth of their daughter Lisa Marie. At this point, Elvis made some changes to the mansion’s upper floors, including transforming one of the four bedrooms into a nursery for his little one.

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Four bedrooms may seem a lot for the small family, but they were all in use. One was Elvis and Priscilla’s room, another was used by the singer as his home office, and the final space was dedicated to the King’s extensive and always growing wardrobe. Vernon also had an office, although it was in another building. There, he and an army of secretaries sifted through the huge amounts of fan mail received by his son. Above all, though, Graceland was a home.

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And Lisa Marie certainly has fond memories of Graceland. In August 2020 she spoke about the famous mansion to USA Today, saying, “It was my childhood home. I was born in Memphis, and it was my home.” Elvis’ daughter added, “It was such an incredible place to grow up. Very special.”

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“There was lots of mischief,” Lisa Marie continued. “There were golf cart convoys, motorcycles, fireworks, firecracker wars, snowmobiling, sledding and horseback riding for [my father’s] closest friends and family. And we all had a lot of fun doing that sort of stuff, getting into mischief and having fun. It was incredible.”

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Sadly, the fun would not last forever. Elvis died in his bathroom in 1977, when Lisa Marie was just nine. He was then laid to rest on the grounds of Graceland, which he had bequeathed to his only daughter. And the house remained a home until Vernon died in 1979, at which point Priscilla was appointed co-executor of his estate. In fact, it was Elvis’ ex-wife who made the decision to open Graceland to the public as a museum – much to the delight of the King’s legion of fans.

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USA Today’s Libby Boren McMillan wrote approvingly of this resolution, saying, “Priscilla’s business acumen turned a family home burdened by large upkeep expense into a successful empire that now includes TV and video projects, merchandising and a worldwide licensing program.” Then, once Lisa Marie came of age, her mother shifted to become an advisor to her daughter on all matters Graceland-related. And, interestingly, Lisa Marie still occasionally stays overnight in the mansion after museum hours are over.

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“It shuts down quite nice at night,” Lisa Marie explained. “I have family that I love very much who live there in Memphis. When I go to Memphis, I visit. We have dinner [at Graceland].” She added, “It’s got a very special energy there, when you go. It’s like a time warp, and the energy is still very much there. You can feel it.”

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Now, Graceland is a piece of rock legend all by itself. In 2006 the mansion was even deemed a National Historic Landmark. And in June of that year, George W. Bush became the first president in office to visit the estate. It’s no surprise, really, that the president wanted to go. After all, it has almost the most visitors of any home in the country, trailing behind only – you guessed it – the White House.

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Tours of the Graceland museum have been in operation since 1982, and in 2016 the 20 millionth guest passed through its doors. But before you visit, you should know of one of the strict guidelines enforced by the staff: the upstairs is completely out of bounds. This was the case until 2020, anyway. That year, a live Q & A video was posted online, and director of archives Angie Marchese hinted in the clip that perhaps the rules could be relaxed for a virtual tour… Was the world finally about to get a glimpse of the secret room?

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The video began with Marchese standing in front of the stairs, saying, “So, the one thing about Graceland and its mystique is the upstairs and the fact that it was Elvis’ private area. So, no one is allowed to go upstairs. Well, because we’re on Instagram Live…” Unfortunately for the curious, Marchese followed that by adding, “No, we’re still not allowed to go upstairs, sorry.” What a buzzkill.

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But Marchese did want to give fans some kind of insight into the upstairs section of the house. She revealed, “It looks as if [Elvis] just got up and left. It is part of my job to maintain it. So, we do go up there to maintain the space. The record on the record player is the last record he listened to. There’s a Styrofoam cup that sits on a bookshelf.”

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Regarding Elvis’ bedroom, Marchese explained, “The bed is made, so we really maintain it the way that Lisa wants us to preserve it. So, unfortunately, we can’t see it, but it is taken care of.” Marchese then mentioned the stairs that travel from the landing next to the singer’s room and all the way to Graceland’s kitchen – which, apparently, was a common spot for the King to be found.

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But what other secrets have been revealed about the famous landmark? Well, in September 2020 Elvis’ cousin Billy and his wife Jo spilled some of the beans. That month, the couple made an appearance on their son Danny’s YouTube channel Memphis Mafia Kid, where Jo told the story of an overnight stay in Graceland. This particular evening apparently turned into quite the adventure, too. And, altogether, the tale would lend credence to Lisa Marie’s recollection of Graceland as a place of fun.

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“We went to bed and were staying in Lisa’s room, and Elvis and Linda [Thompson, Elvis’ girlfriend] were in his room,” Jo began. “We’d already gone to bed and were just getting ready to make it a night when we heard this knock at the door.” But after Billy inquired as to who was knocking at such a late hour, he was surprised to hear Elvis answer.

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Jo claimed that through the door, the King had replied, “It’s just me! We’ve got big things to do. Let’s get up and take a ride.” Then, when they opened the door, Billy and Jo could see that Elvis was in his nightwear. Linda, meanwhile, was clad in a negligee. Jo noted, “She was always so classy.”

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Naturally, Billy told the King that he and Jo would have to put proper clothes on before going anywhere. After all, they were both dressed for bed. But Jo said that Elvis had responded, “No, no, no. We don’t have time for any of that! We’re just gonna wear what we got on.” Billy still didn’t believe that he was serious, but Elvis explained himself further, saying, “Yeah, we’re just gonna be in the truck.”

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It turned out that Elvis wanted the two couples to drive to Hernando, Mississippi, which is around 20 miles away from Graceland. Then, after coming into the city in the wee small hours, they simply turned back around and drove home. Jo added, “And [then we] went to [Elvis’] room and probably talked until daylight!”

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Yet while this seemingly pointless endeavor may have angered some people, Jo appeared to recall the trip affectionately. She said on camera, “That’s the kind of fun things that we did that anybody else would have thought was boring. Except that it was with Elvis. You never knew what to expect. Like I’ve always said, it was like living with Peter Pan. You never had to grow up.”

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And just like Elvis’ motives for this late-night jaunt, the hidden room within Graceland was also a secret – for a while, anyway. You see, in 2006, during a televised tour she was giving to talk show icon Oprah Winfrey, Lisa Marie revealed the truth about the clandestine corner of the mansion. This space – which until then had been completely unknown to the world – houses a treasure trove of Elvis memories and memorabilia.

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Lisa Marie insisted, though, that Oprah’s team’s cameras be switched off before entering. They only came back on, in fact, when the group were safely inside. This was a clever move, as it meant eagle-eyed viewers had no way of working out the location of the room on the Graceland property. And after that, Oprah was treated to a special tour that likely turned some fans green with envy.

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Within the room, which is protected from natural disasters and fire, visitors have to wear gloves at all times. Why? Well, here there are rows upon rows of cabinets that house ultra-rare personalized checks signed by the man himself. There are also posters and other fragile documents, along with 88 of the King’s trademark jumpsuits and more than 60,000 photos.

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And one section of the room contains what Lisa Marie referred to as “the fun stuff.” She was talking about Elvis’ jewelry and cufflinks, replete with big glistening gems. A pair of sunglasses from 1972 also take pride of place. Clearly, the room means a lot to Lisa Marie, who has admitted that she goes there to feel closer to her father.

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“It’s very comforting that I can come,” explained Lisa Marie. “Nobody actually knows that this is here. I know I can come at any time and rummage through the boxes and grab stuff. It’s quite comforting. The whole thing, even the house, is like a little time capsule of the past, and nothing has ever changed.”

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And Lisa Marie’s tour showed off two other parts of the mansion – one of them being the infamous Jungle Room. Elvis simply referred to the space as “the den” back in the day, but that’s perhaps underselling the unique tropical tiki bar-inspired location. For one thing, it has a built-in rock waterfall. And while standing in the Jungle Room, a knowing Lisa Marie just said to Oprah, “If these walls could talk…” There’s no question that fans would love to hear what they have to say.

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Lisa Marie was a little more forthcoming about the pool room, however. She let slip, “Down here, particularly, this was just the mayhem room. Pool balls would fly. I just instinctively got into trouble down here, play hide and seek and up to no good.” And Elvis’ daughter apparently wasn’t the only one to have caused havoc here.

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Speaking about her prankster father, Lisa Marie added, “He, I found out later, threw a tear gas bomb when everyone was down here. Or laughing gas. It was just this mischievous, odd place where if you destroyed it, it would somehow recover quickly.” The King clearly played by his own rules.

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So, what does the future hold for Graceland? Well, Lisa Marie was unequivocal when USA Today asked her if she would ever put the property and its grounds on the market. She stated, “Sometimes there are rumors about it being sold, and that is never going to happen. There’s always a rumor. It is not getting sold. Graceland was given to me and will always be mine and then passed to my children.” And for the King’s many fans, that’s undoubtedly a relief to hear.

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Although Lisa Marie may have fond memories of her childhood home, Graceland wasn’t such a happy place for all of its residents. The King’s daughter may not remember much of her parents’ marriage – she was only a baby at the time, after all. But, over the years, Priscilla Presley has made many claims about life with Elvis. And some of her tales are pretty unnerving.

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Their relationship may not have been perfect, but Priscilla was very much in love with Elvis – even after the couple divorced in 1973. And in the decades since the King’s death, his former wife has naturally spoken fondly of the years that she spent with the musical icon. That said, Priscilla has also told stories about the marriage that have very much raised questions – along with, no doubt, a few eyebrows. And perhaps among the most alarming anecdote that she has shared is her recollection of what Elvis used to tell her when the pair lay together in bed at night.

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Priscilla had been young, too, when she first encountered Elvis. The star – who had been serving in the U.S. Army at the time – initially met the girl who would become his wife at a house party at his German residence. And despite the significant age gap between Elvis and Priscilla – he was a whole ten years older than her at 24 – he was immediately taken by the teenager and made up his mind to date her.

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Older men dating much younger women wasn’t an entirely unusual sight in 1950s America – although the prospect may be rather shocking today. Jerry Lee Lewis even married his 13-year-old cousin once removed, which appalled some in the U.K. when he arrived there on tour. According to Lewis’ biographers, however, the practice of wedding a barely teenage girl was normal in his family.

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Nonetheless, some of Elvis’ buddies had apprehensions about his new love interest. In 2005 the Elvis Information Network website interviewed an old friend of the King’s, Lamar Fike, about his reaction when Priscilla came into the picture. And Fike revealed, “When I found out [that Elvis and Priscilla’s] relationship was more than just necking, I was afraid we were all going to prison without a trial. Elvis told me he had the whole thing in control. I said, ‘I hope you do. Otherwise, they’ll ship us home in a goddamn cage!’”

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Priscilla has since opened up, too, about her first meeting with Elvis. When talking to People magazine in 1985, she recalled that he had asked her, “What are you, about a junior or senior in high school?” Embarrassed, the teenager had apparently then whispered that she was in the ninth grade. Elvis laughed at this revelation, however, and responded, “Why, you’re just a baby.”

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Meanwhile, some biographers and friends of Elvis believe that the star was attracted to women who reminded him of his mother, Gladys. Mom and son had been very close, after all; the pair would allegedly even speak in “baby talk” to each other when Elvis was a grown adult. And, interestingly, it was not long after Gladys’ death that Elvis met Priscilla.

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Then, of course, Priscilla began seeing Elvis. She recalled this period for People, explaining, “Gradually, a pattern developed. Elvis would call after 7:00 p.m. to let me know that I’d be picked up at 8:00 p.m. I had to dress quickly, trying to find some way to appear older than my age. At times, I’d borrow my mother’s clothes and hope everyone would assume I was at least 16.” And according to Biography.com, Elvis allegedly told his friend Rex Mansfield that he liked Priscilla’s youth; because of this, he could “train her any way [he wanted].”

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Yet Priscilla has claimed that she and Elvis didn’t consummate their relationship for a long time. She wrote in the People piece, “I was young, desperately in love, and he could have taken advantage of me. But he quietly said, ‘No. Someday we will, Priscilla, but not now. You’re just too young.’”

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Priscilla also revealed to People that Elvis had been keen to give her drugs. As she began falling behind in school after spending lots of time with the singer, he allegedly handed her some “small white pills.” And according to Priscilla, Elvis had then told her, “You don’t need to know what they are; they give them to us when we go on maneuvers. If I didn’t have them, I’d never make it through the day myself. But it’s okay; they’re safe.”

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Priscilla apparently opted not to take the drugs, though, and she would go on to say to People, “Later I learned that the pills were Dexedrine, which Elvis had discovered in the army… He told me he’d begun taking sleeping pills shortly before he’d been drafted. He dreaded insomnia and feared sleepwalking, which had plagued him periodically since childhood.”

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Ultimately, however, Elvis finished his army service and so moved away from Germany; Priscilla, on the other hand, stayed behind with her parents. And while the teenager’s folks warned her that Elvis would probably forget all about her once he was gone, she refused to believe it. At any rate, Priscilla kept up correspondence with her beau, sending him letters in bright pink envelopes that would make them stand out in amongst his other mail.

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Yet Priscilla also had doubts about how faithful Elvis would be in her absence. She wrote for People, “During the periods when I did not hear from [Elvis], I couldn’t help but doubt that I would ever see him again. I gleaned every bit of news about Elvis that I could. But each story about [him] seemed to upset me all the more. He seemed to be romantically linked with many beautiful starlets in Hollywood – Tuesday Weld and Juliet Prowse among them.”

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So, Priscilla managed to talk her parents into letting her go to the U.S. to see Elvis. There was even a little bit of subterfuge on the young woman’s part. You see, although her folks said that she absolutely had to send them a letter every day, she actually pre-wrote the letters instead and gave them to one of Elvis’ staff. Then Priscilla went with her older boyfriend to Las Vegas.

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And before long, it became inevitable that Priscilla would move in with Elvis. With this big step on the cards, the Presley and Beaulieu families thus came to an arrangement: Priscilla would live in Memphis with Elvis’ parents and would attend a good school. Then, when she had graduated and was old enough, she would become the rock star’s wife.

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During this time, Elvis also began telling Priscilla what she should wear. She wrote in the second part of her People piece, “He liked me in red, blue, turquoise, emerald green, and black and white – the same colors he himself wore. He hated browns and dark green – colors [that were] inextricably associated in his mind with the army.”

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Nor was that apparently the end of Elvis’ preoccupation with Priscilla’s appearance. Allegedly, he also ordered porcelain caps for her teeth and demanded that she wear lots of makeup. In addition, the singer reportedly made demands on his girlfriend’s hair – wanting it to be dyed black and styled in a way that was reminiscent of his famous pompadour.

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This was a whole new world for Priscilla, and it was an odd one to say the least. She wrote, “I was leading a double life – a schoolgirl by day, a femme fatale by night.” But she was also in some sense serving as a mom to her boyfriend. Priscilla added in the People piece, “I loved babying Elvis. He had a little-boy quality that could bring out the mother instinct in any woman – a beguiling way of seeming utterly dependent.”

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What’s more, Elvis is said to have done some very strange things while he was with Priscilla. According to the star’s former wife, the King once got his driver to drop both of them off at the city morgue, after which the couple proceeded to view all the dead bodies there. And Priscilla has since explained that she was able to handle this bizarre trip until she came across the remains of a baby – at which point she burst into tears.

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Elvis prayed for the baby, however, and allegedly told his girlfriend, “You have to see things like this sometimes. This is the hard, cold fact – reality. When you look at a body, you realize how temporary it all is, how it could end in a matter of minutes.” Elvis’ twin brother Jesse had been stillborn, in fact, and some biographers believe that this knowledge had had a major effect on the musician’s psyche.

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Meanwhile, during this period, Elvis was reportedly taking drugs on a regular basis. Priscilla noted in her People piece, “It took [him] at least two to three hours to wake up fully. He was groggy and irritable from the sleeping pills, which were causing him to sleep as many as 14 hours a day. It seemed only natural for him to take some Dexedrine to wake up.”

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And Priscilla went on to reveal that she had used drugs alongside him, adding, “I began taking sleeping pills and diet pills, too. Two Placidyls for him, and one for me. A Dexedrine for him, and one for me. Eventually Elvis’ consumption of pills seemed as normal to me as watching him eat a pound of bacon with his Spanish omelet.”

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Then there was the problem of other women. The media reported, for instance, that Elvis had become close with Ann-Margret – his co-star in the 1964 musical movie Viva Las Vegas. But while Priscilla was understandably suspicious of these rumors, Elvis insisted that there was nothing going on.

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So, Priscilla endured the speculation – until a newspaper claimed that Elvis and Ann-Margaret were engaged. What’s more, although filming on Viva Las Vegas had already finished, the on-screen couple were still being spotted out and about together. And while Elvis was angry at the report, Priscilla was so furious that she threw a vase at the wall.

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Priscilla later explained in the People piece that Elvis had hurled her onto the bed in response. Then he apparently told her, “Look, damn it! I didn’t know this was going to get out of hand. I want a woman who’s going to understand that things like this might just happen. Are you going to be her or not?” And it seemed that, despite everything, she was.

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Even so, Priscilla was pretty sure that her boyfriend was cheating a lot. Whenever Elvis was linked with another girl, then, she would try changing her hairstyle and clothes to match the other woman. Desperate to remain at the forefront of Elvis’ affections, Priscilla also began accompanying him on his travels.

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But while the relationship between Elvis and Priscilla doesn’t appear to have been a healthy one, there were nevertheless moments of intimacy between the pair. At night time, you see, Elvis would apparently reveal his innermost thoughts to his girlfriend.

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Priscilla wrote for People, “Each night that I was with [Elvis], he entrusted a little more of himself – his doubts, his secrets, and his frustrations. It was a lot to expect someone my age to understand, but I tried. I listened to his desires to become a great actor like his idols Marlon Brando, James Dean, Karl Malden and Rod Steiger.”

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Priscilla went on, “Nights when his mood was calm and peaceful, he would describe his ideal woman and tell me how perfectly I fit this image. He liked soft-spoken brunettes with blue eyes. He wanted to mold me to his opinions and preferences. Fidelity was very important to him – especially on the woman’s part.”

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Elvis ultimately married Priscilla, of course – although the wedding was reportedly the result of pressure from Priscilla’s father and the singer’s manager Colonel Parker. The two wed in 1967, with Priscilla then 21. But while the couple subsequently welcomed a daughter, Lisa Marie, their union wasn’t to last; in 1972 they separated and officially divorced the following year.

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As many of us know, Elvis then passed away in 1977. The King was discovered on his bathroom floor by his girlfriend at the time, Ginger Alden – a woman he had proposed to but allegedly had no intention of actually marrying. Years of drug use had destroyed his body, and it had finally caught up with him.

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And when looking back on her life with Elvis, Priscilla seems to have mixed feelings – particularly with regards to the “molding” part. In 1995 she told McCall’s, “I looked down at these clunky platform heels, and I thought, ‘My God, if Elvis ever saw these things, I don’t think I’d ever live to hear the end of it.’ He would have gone on and on about how ugly they were and told me to change them.”

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Furthermore, in her explosive 1985 biography Elvis and Me, Priscilla claimed that Elvis had probably had a need to control her. The book explains, too, that the star’s ex-wife had been “fearful of not pleasing him [and] of destroying [her] image as his little girl.” And the biography itself saw some success, as it was actually made into a television film in 1988.

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But, of course, plenty of time has passed since then – enough to give Priscilla further perspective on her life with the King. And in 2015 the actress would speak further on the matter with British TV host Jonathan Ross, saying, “You start losing yourself and who you are. And people always wanted to know… about him, and I do understand it a lot better now than when I was younger.”

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Elvis’ one-time wife went on, “I was kind of lost, really, in who I was earlier in my life. I really didn’t have teenage years. I learnt so much about [Elvis] and was with him so much that I thought the way he did. I knew what he liked [and] what he didn’t like; I knew his thoughts. I knew everything as far as you could possibly do when you live together at such a young age.”

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And in a 2016 interview on the U.K. TV show Loose Women, Priscilla went even more in depth. Her life with Elvis had been quite a closed one, she said, before explaining, “He didn’t really go out. He didn’t like eating in restaurants because people would take pictures of him… We literally lived in a bubble.”

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Priscilla added, “I didn’t have my teenage years as a normal girl, obviously, so I had to adapt, and I guess I did adapt. I just sort of followed what [Elvis] did. I mean, you lived his life; you honestly didn’t have your own life. You lived his life, you saw the movies he wanted to see, you listened to the music he listened to, you go to places that he would go. So you really kind of lost yourself.”

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And with regards to the other people she had had in her life at the time, Priscilla explained, “I was with his friends, and I was with the wives of his friends. They were pretty much chosen for me… It was lonely, and I didn’t have any information of what was going on with my age group.”

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Naturally, then, life without Elvis took a bit of getting used to. Priscilla went on, “It was a journey. I’ve never had therapy, but it was quite a journey. I didn’t sign a check [until] I was 29 years old… Everything was there for me. But it was as a woman, I didn’t really know who I was… My considerations were his considerations, my fears were his fears, my likes were his likes.”

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Priscilla added that it had taken her until she was 27 years old – the age she had been when she had split with Elvis – to finally gain a sense of self. She told the panel on Loose Women, “I did not divorce him because I didn’t love him. He was the love of my life, truly. If anything, I left because – and I still loved him – I needed to find out what the world was like, really.”

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The actress also claimed, “The greatest thing about our relationship was that we still loved each other.” And yet, she revealed, throughout all her time with Elvis, she had “always had a little bit of make-up. He never wanted to see me getting dressed, he wanted to see the end result.” Now, Priscilla herself is that end result.

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