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Elvis and Priscilla Presley, a love story (tormented and toxic)

She wants to work, he tells her «me or career», she would like to join him, he tells her «take care of the hearth», he has mistresses, she mustn’t take it. And with every feeble attempt to say something, the suitcase (her) to fill to leave is her threat. Jacob Elordi and Cailee Speany are the new very young Elvis and Priscilla in the biopic of Sofia Coppola, Priscilla, in competition at the Venice Film Festival 2023. The film reconstructs the relationship between the two starting from the memoir Elvis and me written in 1985 by his ex-wife Priscilla, who also arrived at the Lido to accompany the film.

Waiting to see the film in Italy (in the United States it arrives on October 27, we still lack the date) and Jacob Elordi on the red carpet, we want to retrace how it really went between the two. The Priscilla and Elvis first met on September 13, 1959. Both are in Friedberg, Germany, where the singer is a soldier in the third armored division and where she followed her stepfather, a military career. He’s already a star, he’s 24, she’s ten younger. He he courts her for over seven years, but has other distractions in the meantime. «Every night», as told by the actor Gary Lockwood who met Elvis on the set of Blondes, redheads, brunettes in 1963, “he was throwing parties with rivers of gorgeous women.” Holidays had a foregone conclusion.

Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla Beaulieu Presley with daughter Lisa Marie Presley in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The wedding takes place on May 1, 1967 at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Their only daughter, Lisa Marie Presley (died last January at age 54), was born exactly nine months later, conceived during their honeymoon in Palm Springs. Years later, Priscilla would recount that things between her and Elvis were going well at first, even though the “King of Rock and Roll” needed to try more and more daring things due to the influence of drugs.

After the birth of Lisa Marie, however, things get worse. Priscilla is no longer the little girl Elvis had lost his mind over. The wedding gets darker, marked by constant cheating on him and from its crescents quirks.

Elvis and Priscilla Presley


What is certain is that Priscilla, tired of having to put up with her husband’s excesses, at a certain point says enough. The separation takes place in 1972The divorce the following year. Despite this, relations between the two remain good. So much so that today, at 78, Priscilla said: «Elvis was the love of my life. It was the lifestyle that was too difficult for me. We bonded even after that, we had our daughter and I made sure he always saw her. It is as if we had never left, I would like it to be clear ».

Elvis died on August 16, 1977. He was 42 years old.

Jacob Elordi, Sofia Coppola, Cailee Spaeny and Priscilla Presley at the Venice Film Festival 2023

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Source: Vanity Fair

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