Elvis Presley may have been a notorious womanizer during his time, but there was one woman that was able to pin the pioneering rock and roll singer down… at least, for a time. That woman was Priscilla Presley, who met Elvis when she was only 14 years old. Elvis was already a big star at the time, which made Priscilla realize that she was going to have a hard time keeping the singer to herself. The two maintained a relationship despite Priscilla’s young age and married when it became legal. The marriage lasted for over five years but eventually dissolved before Elvis’ death for a variety of reasons. Join Facts Verse as we discuss what Priscilla Presley disclosed was the thing she feared most about Elvis.
Priscilla Presley met Elvis Presley when she was only 14 years old. Elvis was already a big star at the time, and Priscilla was instantly star-struck. While any young girl at the time would’ve been shocked to be in the same room as Elvis Presley, Priscilla had more specific feelings. According to her, she knew instantly that she needed to have the pioneering rock and roll singer to herself. Her young age made the relationship slightly problematic, but Elvis still found himself won over by the young girl’s charms.
When Priscilla met Elvis, the singer was staying in Germany as a result of his World War II involvement. Elvis ended up returning back to America without Priscilla, given the fact that she was too young to be in a romantic relationship with him. Still, Priscilla maintained her infatuation with the singer, and the two made plans to be together as soon as it was legally feasible. Three years after Elvis’ return to the states, Priscilla’s parents allowed her to move to America and live with the singer’s family in Memphis. Due to the fact that she was still young, her parents only allowed this with the stipulation that Priscilla would live with Elvis’ parents instead of the singer himself. Still, the two spent plenty of time together leading up to their eventual marriage. The pair finally tied the knot nearly seven years after meeting. At the time of their marriage, Priscilla was 21 and Elvis was 32.
One might imagine that some of the magic may have gone from the relationship by the time that Priscilla and Elvis tied the knot, but that apparently wasn’t the case. Priscilla was more infatuated with Elvis than ever after the wedding ceremony, and she couldn’t wait to start living her domestic life with the man that she had been courting ardently for so many years. The pair married in 1967, and their marriage would last for over five years, ending in 1973.
In 1968, a year after their wedding ceremony, Priscilla and Elvis had a daughter named Lisa Marie. Of course, Lisa Marie Presley has since come to be as notable of a public figure as her mother, helping carry on the legacy of her father. While Priscilla and Elvis had strong feelings for each other, they soon began experiencing troubles in their marriage. Many of these troubles came from Priscilla’s immense fears that Elvis might be cheating on her.
Elvis was known as a womanizer before meeting Priscilla, and women still wanted the singer’s attention after the wedding. Priscilla knew that she was going to have to keep a close eye on Elvis in order to make sure that no women managed to get their hands on him. She had her work cut out for her, as Elvis brushed shoulders with different attractive female celebrities nearly every day.
According to Priscilla, it got to the point where she wasn’t comfortable letting Elvis leave the house by himself because she was so afraid that another woman would try and steal him away from her. In addition to Priscilla’s growing jealousy, there was also Elvis’ worsening temper. Elvis apparently suffered from anger issues during their marriage, though mostly as a result of him seeing people he didn’t like on the television. According to Priscilla, if Elvis saw someone he didn’t like on the television set, he would shoot the set with his .357 Magnum revolver and then call his dad in the other room and request that he go out and buy another television.
One might wonder the kinds of things that Elvis got so mad about that he had to shoot his TV, and it seems like it was usually singers on the television that he thought lacked passion. Some examples of singers that caused Elvis to shoot his television include classic crooners Mel Tormé and Robert Goulet. If you’re enjoying this video so far, be sure to hit the like button to show your support! Also, subscribe to the channel if you’d like to be among the first to know when more Facts Verse videos are on their way!
After Priscilla and Elvis Presley divorced in 1973, Priscilla went on to make somewhat of a name for herself on television. She had a notable role on the series Dallas and even appeared in the Naked Gun series of films. The dissolution of her and Elvis’ marriage had occurred for a variety of reasons, though Priscilla’s jealousy was one of the biggest. Priscilla’s concerns weren’t unsubstantiated, as Elvis had always been a notorious womanizer.
One of the first women that Elvis ever fell in love with was Debra Paget, who appeared alongside the singer in the film that proved his big-screen debut. That film was the Western Love Me Tender, which featured the song of the same name. Debra played Elvis’ love interest and quickly became the singer’s love interest in real life. The two had met previously during Elvis’ infamous and controversial second performance on The Milton Berle Show. When the two reunited on the set of Love Me Tender, they struck up a romance.
Elvis was so stricken with Debra that he would drive to her family’s house at night and watch to make sure that no other men were paying her visits. Sadly, Debra was romantically involved with mogul Howard Hughes at the same time, and Howard ended up winning out over Elvis. Things didn’t work out between Elvis and Debra, and Elvis was devastated. According to Elvis, every lover after Debra looked like her to him, including Priscilla Presley. Although Elvis remained hung up on Debra, he certainly didn’t let it show. The singer was involved with innumerable women besides Debra both before and after his marriage to Priscilla.
Despite the fact that things didn’t work out between Elvis and Debra, the latter would speak positively about the former after his untimely death. According to Debra, there was a depth to Elvis that was never fully utilized by any of his handlers when it came to his appearances on the screen. While the singer may have been able to emote the way that he wanted to with his voice, Debra claims that there was always something holding him back when it came to his starring roles in feature films. Fans might argue otherwise, as many of the singer’s features remain incredibly popular.
Elvis and Debra’s relationship occurred shortly before Elvis met his future wife Priscilla, but Ursula Andress represented a star that tried to get her hands on Elvis during his marriage. Ursula was the first Bond girl, having famously appeared in the film Dr. No. After the success of that film, Elvis’ handlers wanted to get their own star on the beach with Ursula. Once Ursula found herself in the same room as Elvis, she became instantly smitten. However, there were a few reasons that Elvis never reciprocated Ursula’s advances.
For one thing, Elvis was married to Priscilla at the time. However, Elvis proved over the course of his and Priscilla’s marriage that he wasn’t above cheating on his wife while he was away at work. Still, there was another reason that Elvis chose not to allow Ursula Andress to get her way with him. That reason was director John Derek, who was Ursula’s husband at the time. John was insanely in love with Ursula, and Elvis didn’t want to catch the director’s ire. Also, the singer made a habit of staying away from married women.
Although Elvis didn’t reciprocate Ursula Andress’ advances, the former Bond girl still found other ways to cheat on her spouse. Despite John Derek’s immense affection for his wife, the two ended up separating due to her numerous infidelities. Still, Elvis had nothing to do with it! Priscilla was aware that her husband was working with Ursula and questioned him about whether or not he found her to be attractive. Priscilla was very glad to hear that he didn’t.
Priscilla Presley is still with us today and likes to help keep Elvis Presley in the public spotlight. Although the two divorced during the singer’s lifetime, Priscilla still maintained a great deal of respect for her husband. If Priscilla’s biggest fear was losing Elvis to other women, Elvis’ biggest fear was losing the attention of the public after his death. According to Priscilla, Elvis strongly desired to be remembered for many years after his passing, which is something that she’s trying to posthumously help him with! It seems that Elvis’ fears of fading from notoriety after his death were largely unfounded, as the singer is still essentially as popular as ever.
Priscilla Presley was Elvis’ only wife during his lifetime, though he had many, many other romantic interests. After Priscilla and Elvis divorced in 1973, Elvis only lived for a few more years before his 1977 death. Priscilla is now 76 years old and also never remarried after divorcing Elvis.
Although Priscilla and Elvis Presley couldn’t make things work romantically during the singer’s lifetime, Priscilla maintains a massive level of respect for the late rock and roll legend and works to maintain his legacy. Now it’s time to hear from you: did you know that Priscilla Presley was incredibly paranoid about Elvis cheating on her, or did you think that she was okay with her husband’s womanizing ways? As always, like this video to show your support, and subscribe and hit the notification bell if you’d like to be among the first to know when more Facts Verse videos are on their way!