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Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu Marriage Profile

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Elvis and Priscilla Presley

American rock musician Elvis Presley and his wife, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, hugging each other on their wedding day, May 1, 1967, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The 8-year courtship of Priscilla Beaulieu and Elvis Presley lasted longer than their marriage. Priscilla now tells women not to lose themselves in marriage.

Here is information about when Elvis and Priscilla met, their wedding, marriage, and divorce.

Born:

Elvis Aaron Presley: January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Priscilla Ann Beaulieu: May 24, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York. Her birth name is Priscilla Ann Wagner.

Died:

Elvis: August 16, 1977 at his home at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 42. The official cause of Elvis' death was recorded as cardiac arrhythmia but he apparently had an overdose of prescription drugs.

How Elvis and Priscilla Met:

Priscilla and Elvis met in November 1959 at a party at Elvis' off-base residence in Bad Nauheim in Germany. She was 14 1/2 years old.

Priscilla moved to Graceland in early 1963. Elvis formally proposed marriage to Priscilla in December 1966 and gave her an engagement ring with a three-and-a-half-carat diamond that was surrounded by a detachable row of smaller diamonds.

Wedding Date and Information:

Elvis and Priscilla were married on May 1, 1967 in Milton Prell's suite at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their civil ceremony was performed by Nevada Supreme Court Justice David Zenoff. The maid of honor was Michelle Beaulieu and best men were Marty Lacker and Joe Esposito.

According to a Las Vegas SUN news report about their wedding, "Presley wore a black brocade silk tuxedo and Western boots, while Priscilla wore a floor-length wedding gown of her own design: white silk chiffon, with beaded yoke, trimmed in seed pearls and topped with a three-foot tulle veil secured by a rhinestone crown."

Their 8-minute morning wedding ceremony was attended by a small number of family and friends and was followed by a press conference and a breakfast reception for 100 guests. Their wedding cake had six-tiers. Elvis and Priscilla reportedly danced to "Love Me Tender" at their wedding reception.

They honeymooned in Palm Springs, California for a few days. Elvis was thirty-two years old and Priscilla was twenty-one years old when they married.

Priscilla and Elvis had a second wedding reception at Graceland on May 29, 1967 for family and friends who could not make it to Las Vegas for their wedding.

Children:

Elvis and Priscilla had one daughter.
  • Lisa Marie Presley: Born February 1, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Lisa's marriages:
    • Danny Keough: Married on October 3, 1988 and divorced in 1994. Lisa and Danny had two children (daughter Riley and son Benjamin) together.
    • Michael Jackson: Married on May 18, 1994 and divorced on January 18, 1996.
    • Nicolas Cage: Married on August 10, 2002 and divorced on May 16, 2004.
    • Michael Lockwood: Michael, a guitarist and music producer, were married on January 22, 2006 in Japan. Their twin daughters, Finley and Harper, were born in early October 2008.

    Lisa Marie Presley Web Site

Priscilla has one son.
  • Navarone Garibaldi: Born March 1, 1987. His father is screenwriter and director Marco Garibaldi.

Divorce of Priscilla and Elvis Presley:

In late 1971, problems in the marriage of Priscilla and Elvis escalated. On February 23, 1972 they separated. Their separation was formalized in July 1972.

Their divorce was granted on October 9, 1973 at the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse in Santa Monica, California.

Elvis about their divorce: "Our divorce came about not because of another man or another woman but because of the circumstances involving my career. I was traveling too much. I was gone too much."
Source: Peter Guralnick, Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, page 541.

Occupations:

Elvis: Musical star, actor, producer, writer, and philanthropist.

Priscilla: Actress, philanthropist, producer, model, entrepreneur, and author.

Quotes About Priscilla and Elvis Presley's Marriage:

Elvis about Priscilla: "You can love someone and be wrong for them."
Source: Pamela Clarke Keogh, Elvis Presley: The Man, The Life, The Legend, page 238.

Priscilla about submission in marriage: "It's something she'll be telling largely female audiences in her lectures: 'Honey, have your own thing going, too.' She learned the hard way that total submission in marriage -- by either party -- is a bad idea."
Source: Gerri Hirshey. "Priscilla Presley: Her Side of the Story." Ladies' Home Journal. 7/2003.

Priscilla looking back at her marriage: "She says she got to write very little of it, and that she doesn't regret the days in her gilded cage as Mrs. Presley. But she understands now what made it so unworkable in the end: 'I lived somebody else's life. It was never about me, it was really about him on every level.'"
Source: Gerri Hirshey. "Priscilla Presley: Her Side of the Story." Ladies' Home Journal. 7/2003.

Priscilla: "I lived a really wonderful life with this man and even after our divorce, it was incredible. We had a closer bond, probably because the effort was off and there was just a purity. We realized that we liked each other, and that's very special."
Source: Gerri Hirshey. "Priscilla Presley: Her Side of the Story." Ladies' Home Journal. 7/2003.

Gerri Hirshey: "This is what Priscilla Presley would like the dreary Elvis mythologizers to understand: Act One was no grand American tragedy. Sure, she was devastated by her husband's sad demise, his infidelities, her own retaliative affair, the divorce. But the couple remained close, and she totally relied on him until his death when, as she puts it, "the sun went out."
Source: Gerri Hirshey. "Priscilla Presley: Her Side of the Story." Ladies' Home Journal. 7/2003.

Priscilla: "I mean, I had probably an illusion of being the wife that, you know, I wanted to create a home. I wanted to have children. I wanted him to be a husband. It was never going to be that way. It couldn't be that way."
Source: Brainyquote.com

Sonny West: "The fairy-tale marriage Priscilla likes to rhapsodize about today was, in reality, a complicated mess from the get-go. The truth of the matter is that they both led double lives, and the only thing they had in common was their love for Lisa Marie."
Source: Sonny West, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business, page 222.

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