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everything that Baz Luhrmann’s film hid from the relationship between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock

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According to Baz Luhrmann, director of Elvis, one of the cinematographic phenomena of the season, there is a montage of the film that exceeds four hours in length. It is unknown if it will ever see the light of day. However, if it happens, it would be interesting to see if said extended version addresses in greater depth the relationship that the King of rock had with Priscilla Presley. Above all, because the 159 minutes that arrived in theaters obviated (or, rather, sweetened) many chapters as thorny as they were controversial for the iconic couple. His paths crossed in September 1959. He was in Friedberg, a West German city, doing military service. Priscilla, for her part, lived a few kilometers away, in Wiesbaden, since months before her stepfather, Paul Beaulieu, a respected US Air Force officer, had been assigned to European lands. So, Elvis was 24 years old; her, 10 less. One warm summer afternoon, as she sat with her brother Ella Don at the Eagles Club, a place where American military families go for dinner and entertainment, a member of the Air Force named Currie Grant approached to Priscilla. He told her if he liked Elvis’s music and if one night, since he was a friend of the artist, he would like to go with his wife to one of the parties that the Heartbreak Hotel singer organized at his home in Bad Nauheim. Two weeks later, once he obtained the approval of her parents, the first meeting took place. “He was more handsome than he appeared in the movies, younger and more vulnerable looking with his soldier haircut. He was wearing civilian clothes, a bright red sweater and tan pants, and he was sitting with one leg on the arm of a large padded chair, a cigar dangling from his lips,” Priscilla recounted in Elvis and I, the autobiography she published in 1985. In those same pages, he noted that the star laughed when he told him he was in ninth grade. “You’re just a baby,” she joked. Although the house was full of people, she quickly realized that Elvis only had eyes for her. Priscilla, aged 16, in 1960, when she was already dating Elvis. Photo: Getty Images Days later there was a second party. However, it was not until the third when the musician, after singing some songs to those present, invited her to go up to her bedroom. “While he was talking, he was straightening my hair. ‘I swear I will never do anything to hurt you. I will treat you like a sister.’ I snuggled in her arms as he told me about her mother, who had died on August 14, 1958, and how much he missed her. When it was time to go, she kissed me goodbye, my first real kiss. She broke away first, saying, ‘We’ve got plenty of time, little one.’ She kissed me on the forehead and sent me home,” she expressed in the book. Both Priscilla’s stepfather and mother were obviously not amused by these late-night encounters. Even so, they reached an agreement: before her daughter saw him again, they wanted to meet him. When this happened, Paul Beaulieu was no fooling around. As soon as Elvis showed up at his house, dressed in his army uniform, he asked what his intentions were and why, being able to have any woman, he wanted to spend time with Priscilla. “Well, sir, I happen to be very fond of you. She is very mature for her age and I enjoy her company. It hasn’t been easy for me being away from home and all that. I feel a bit lonely. You could say I need someone to talk to. You don’t have to worry, captain. I will take good care of her,” he replied. With those words he gained his trust. Since they only saw each other when the sun had gone down, Priscilla had a hard time getting up at seven in the morning to go to school. Her study habits worsened. Realizing this, the artist placed a handful of small white pills in the palm of her hand. They were Dexedrine, a psychostimulant drug that he had started taking shortly before he was recruited. In the aforementioned memoirs, she swore that she did not ingest them. At least that night. Also, in case there was any doubt, she put it in writing that Elvis refused to consummate her love. “Nope. Someday we will, but not now. You are too young,” she told him on March 1, 1960, hours before returning to the United States to pursue her musical career. As soon as he arrived on American soil, the press related Elvis to the singer Nancy Sinatra. Priscilla, fueled by her jealousy, waited for a call from her lover. The phone finally rang 21 days after her departure. Much to her regret, from then on, the talks were spaced out. At that time, Presley’s heart was occupied by television actress Anita Wood. It would not be until February 1962 when, in one of those distant conversations with her, Elvis invited her to Los Angeles. Since he still had to go to school, the reunion was postponed until the summer. In the two weeks they spent together they visited Las Vegas. On this occasion, he did agree to take amphetamines and sleeping pills to keep up with the frenetic rhythm of the singer and his crew. As planned, she flew back to Germany and they didn’t see each other again until Christmas 1962. But in 1963, Elvis called Paul Beaulieu and persuaded him to move Priscilla to Memphis. At her initial refusal, she promised that he would enroll her in the best school in town and that she would not live with him, but with her father, Vernon, and her wife, Dee. She got away with it. “Elvis and I planned to live together at Graceland eventually, but at first I kept my promise and moved Vernon and Dee to Memphis. Living with them was difficult. I felt out of place in her home, and I didn’t want to intrude on her personal life. I went to Immaculate Conception High School every morning, and in the afternoons and evenings I began to spend more time at Graceland with Elvis’s grandmother, often staying all night. Almost without realizing it, I began to move with my things. Elvis was still in Los Angeles filming The Idol of Acapulco. By the time he suggested I move to Graceland, I had already done so,” he stressed in Elvis and I. As expected, not everything was so bucolic. “By moving to Graceland, he already had his inner circle. Of course they took me in, but I never realized that that was it. We didn’t go out. He didn’t like to eat in restaurants because people took pictures of him and he didn’t want to be photographed putting a fork in his mouth. We lived in a bubble ”, he revealed in 2016 on the program Loose Women, of the British channel ITV. “My adolescence was not that of a normal girl. I had to adapt. I just followed what Elvis did. I lived his life. I saw the movies that he wanted to see, I listened to the music that he wanted to listen to, I went to the places that he went.” In fact, in that same interview she said that Elvis never saw her without makeup: “Some can’t face the truth. She always wore a little makeup. He never wanted to see me get dressed, he wanted to see the end result.” These claims surprised no one. Decades before, in her memoirs, Priscilla had already written the following: “He taught me everything. How to dress, how to walk, how to do my hair and makeup, how to behave, how to return love his way. Over the years, he became my father, husband, and almost God.” Even in 1978, she told People magazine: “My life was his life. He had to be happy. We never bother you. My problems were secondary. On Christmas 1966, when Priscilla was already 21 years old, Elvis asked her to marry him. The civil ceremony, which lasted just eight minutes, took place on May 1, 1967 in a private suite at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. There were only 14 people in the room. After saying “yes, I do”, they starred in a press conference and had breakfast with about 100 guests, including Marty Lacker and Joe Esposito, two members of the Memphis mob who acted as witnesses for the groom. “My wedding was very unusual. They were the closest people to us, that’s how we wanted it. We didn’t want a fan club. We did not want a circus ”, she recalled in Closer Weekly five years ago. Absolutely everything was orchestrated by Colonel Tom Parker, the singer’s manager, who apparently believed that the couple’s coexistence outside of marriage was damaging the image of his protégé. The marriage, with his daughter, Lisa Marie. Photo: Getty Images Literally nine months after that date, on February 1, 1968, her daughter Lisa Marie was born. “At first I felt devastated. I thought, ‘My God, here I am married, pregnant, and I’m not going to look attractive anymore. Certainly, it was a difficult moment. She was for him too because she was a sex symbol. He was worried about what his fans would think of him being a father and how that would affect his status as a sex symbol,” he told The Guardian newspaper in 2012. On another occasion, he explained to Closer Weekly how the singer experienced his fatherhood: “Elvis was a father affectionate, but it was difficult for him to see the babies eat because they drooled. And he didn’t change diapers. Not even a single one. Never. That was not a man’s job.” On the contrary, he did entertain the little girl with very expensive gifts. She even bought him a fur coat when he was just three years old. And even a diamond ring when you turn eight. Priscilla, seeing these excessive gifts, unsuccessfully begged him to return them to the store. As he commented in The Guardian: “I couldn’t tame Elvis, and I accepted it.” “She was always ready to meet him at the door and pamper him. I really liked taking care of Elvis. I loved serving you. I loved to feed him. We talked like babies, because you have to have your own language when there are so many people around. It was a good life. It was different, but it was ours,” Priscilla recounted in 2020 in People. “Women gravitated towards him, so I was nervous when I had to go places alone. He even accompanied her to get her teeth cleaned. I was aware of him because everyone was chasing him, ”she stressed in the same publication. “He was not faithful,” she confirmed in 2017 to the Australian program Sunday Night. “Not that I had someone special, but when you’re in the entertainment business there’s always that and as much as I tried to turn my back on it, I just didn’t want to share it.” Her disloyalties, as well as the star’s increasingly excessive drug use, completely undermined their relationship. “People may wonder why nobody did anything. But that’s not entirely true. The people in the core closest to him tried, but they didn’t dare tell Elvis exactly what he had to do. They tried to do it, but there was no way”, Priscilla is heard saying in the documentary Elvis Presley: Relentless Seeker, released on the HBO platform in 2018, referring to why her husband never entered a detox center. After starting an affair with karate teacher Mike Stone, she Priscilla separated from Elvis on February 23, 1972. The divorce, as such, became official in early October of the following year. “When he was on tour, I went to dance classes. I began to realize that women have their own lives », she clarified in her intervention in Loose Woman. And she added: “I didn’t get a divorce because I didn’t love him. He was the love of my life, but he had to see the world.” Although they took different paths, their friendship was indestructible until the singer died on August 16, 1977. She Continue reading The five funniest and most surreal theories that maintain that Elvis is alive

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