Inside the Unconventional Marriage and Divorce of Elvis and Priscilla Presley

The girl could only imagine getting the attention of her favorite singer, but it was a reality Priscilla Ann Beaulieu When she met the “Hound Dog” singer Elvis Presley. With a highly anticipated CV Elvis Arriving in theaters, fans of The King are excited to take a trip down memory lane and explore the couple’s relationship.

From behind the microphone to behind the camera, Elvis quickly proved that he’s not just a pretty face and a unique voice. He starred in many films, including his first I love giving, but soon after he was drafted into the army. He proudly agreed to join the force and was eventually promoted to sergeant. While in Germany, he first met 14-year-old Priscilla who later became his wife and biggest supporter, even after his death.

A chance encounter where Elvis met Priscilla for the first time.

While serving in the military (and somehow continuing to lead the charts with unreleased music), Elvis was sent to Germany in 1958. A year later, he met Priscilla Beaulieu during a party at a friend’s house. Priscilla was living there with her family after her stepfather was flown there by the US Air Force. The “Jailhouse Rock” singer soon became smitten with her and the two were inseparable during his entire stay in Germany.

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Elvis (left) returns to the United States after his military service and Priscilla (right) waves to him as he leaves.

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Their new, young romance took a sudden turn when Elvis eventually left Germany in 1960. After the media stalked (pun intended) to talk about their brief affair, Priscilla heard rumors about the singer’s affair with actress Nancy Sinatra and thought she’d never talk to Elvis again.

To Priscilla’s surprise, even after returning to the United States, Elvis made sure to keep in touch. In the end, Priscilla’s parents agreed to let her visit the king for two weeks under some very strict rules. After some persuasion, those two weeks turned into Priscilla slowly moving to Elvis’ property in Memphis, Graceland.

The couple was completely married from a non-traditional marriage.

After years of living in Graceland, keeping up with the rock-star lifestyle and rumors swirling around relationships with Hollywood stars, Elvis proposed to Priscilla just before Christmas 1966. Elvis, 32, and Priscilla, 22, tied the knot in Las Vegas in May 1967.

US May 01 Elvis Presley wedding photos to Priscilla May 1, 1967 Photo from the Michael Oaks Archives

Elvis Presley and Priscilla tied the knot after years of “courting” on May 1, 1967.

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The 8-minute wedding caused tension between the two because some of Elvis’s friends did not support the union, and he is said to have said he felt he had “no choice”.

Elvis and Priscilla welcomed their daughter, but decided it was best to go their separate ways.

Exactly nine months after their wedding day, Priscilla gave birth to the couple’s only child, Lisa Marie Presley. According to Priscilla’s book Elvis and meShe wasn’t ready to get pregnant. Even during her pregnancy, Priscilla was concerned about the legitimacy of the rumors circulating about Elvis’ affair with Nancy Sinatra. To her surprise, the actress offered to perform a baby shower for her as they seemed to get along so well together.

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Elvis and Priscilla spend quality time with his daughter Lisa Marie.

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Things took an unexpected turn after Elvis requested a trial class in which she replied, “I got it. Just tell me when to leave.” Two months later, Priscilla gave birth to Lisa Marie.

during filming Live a little, love a little In 1968, Elvis was long gone and Priscilla decided to take private dance lessons. She began a brief affair with her mentor, and in her book she admitted remorse, saying, “I came out of it realizing I needed more from my relationship with Elvis.”

From a fan’s point of view, the couple’s marriage seemed happy, but as Elvis’ career continued to rise (although his health continued to decline), Priscilla and Lisa were left alone at Graceland. After endless rumors with his co-stars, the two decided to divorce in 1973. After eight years of marriage, Priscilla and Elvis remained close and even kept each other while leaving the courtroom after their divorce was finalized.

Elvis Presley and Priscilla at their divorce hearing

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Priscilla Graceland was awarded and Elvis’ legacy continues to this day.

Despite the divorce, Priscilla remained an important figure in Elvis’ life. He was also a supporter of Priscilla’s career, including helping her open her first store in 1973. The singer lived in Graceland until August 16, 1977, when she was found unconscious at the property at only 42 years old.

Priscilla Presley during Graceland file photos May 4, 1982 at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Image from the Ron Gallaron Galila Collection via Getty Images

Priscilla at Graceland in 1982.

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Memphis, Tennessee March 27 Priscilla Presley listens to Home Secretary Gail Norton address a group of Elvis fans in the front lawn at Graceland March 27, 2006 in Memphis, Tennessee Graceland, the former home of the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, has been designated a National Historic Landmark, bearing less From 2500 Historic Places Title photo by Mike Browngetty Images

Priscilla at Graceland in 2006.

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After his death, Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie, was named the sole beneficiary of the estate. Later, in 1982, Priscilla announced that their Graceland home would become a memorial museum for the late singer and open to the public. She was given control of Elvis Presley Enterprises and has since helped preserve Elvis’ legacy, including giving her her blessing on the new 2022 biopic, Elvis.

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