Thursday, February 21, 2008

Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Ann Beaulieu Presley (born May 24, 1945) is an American model, author and actress. She is the ex-wife of rock 'n' roll singer and musician Elvis Presley and mother of singer/songwriter Lisa Marie Presley. Presley was born Priscilla Ann Wagner in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Anna Lillian (née Iverson) and James Frederick Wagner. Her biological father, a U.S. Air Force pilot, was killed in a plane crash when Presley was an infant. Her mother then married Paul Beaulieu, also a United States Air Force officer. Beaulieu took over the raising of Priscilla and is known as her father. The Beaulieus were stationed in West Germany at the same time as Elvis during his stint in the United States Army. Priscilla, an Air Force brat, was 14 years old when she met Elvis in Wiesbaden.

Elvis managed to talk the extremely reluctant Beaulieus into allowing Priscilla to live with his father (Vernon Presley) and stepmother, Dee Presley, at a home Elvis purchased on Hermitage Drive in Memphis located at the back of Graceland. The seventeen-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu "worked" on her mother to get her support but before finally agreeing, her still reluctant and protective father flew with her to Los Angeles where Presley was filming "Fun in Acapulco". After discussing the "rules," she and her father flew to Memphis where they met with Vernon Presley, made arrangements for Priscilla's enrollment in the Immaculate Conception school and her father confirmed her living arrangements at Vernon Presley's house.

Priscilla and Presley were married on May 1, 1967, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Aladdin Hotel. Their only child, daughter Lisa Marie, was born exactly nine months later on February 1, 1968. They separated on February 23, 1972, agreeing to share custody of their daughter, this eventually ending in divorce on October 9, 1973.

After her divorce from Elvis, Priscilla bought into a boutique and ran it for a few years before getting into modeling and acting. After signing with the William MoIn addition, she starred in the feature film Breakfast with Einstein, executive-produced the feature film Finding Graceland and made guest appearances on Melrose Place, Touched by an Angel and Spin City. She may be best known as an actress for playing the character Jenna Wade on the television series Dallas for five years, and she also starred in the Naked Gun films. The television version of Elvis and Me was produced by her production company, Navarone Productions. As late as 2003, she planned to develop a Broadway musical about her life. It was revealed in February 2008 that she will appear on season six of ABC's Dancing with the Stars (U.S. TV series).

Presley developed four perfumes in the 1990s. Two, "Moments" and "Experiences", were very successful in Europe, and a third, Indian Summer, hit American shelves in 1996, followed by "Roses and More". She has also successfully sold her line of products live on the Home Shopping Network and was coached by veteran HSN host Bob Circosta. In 2006, Presley flew to Australia for the debut of her worldwide line of bed linens, called the Priscilla Presley Collection. She partnered with Australian designer Bruno Schiavi for the line. Priscilla has also been awarded an honorary degree from Rhodes College.

Romantically, Presley has had a number of serious relationships since her divorce from Elvis in 1973. Immediately afterwards, she lived with karate instructor Mike Stone. She then had a seven-year live-in relationship with bisexual model Mike Edwards, until he began developing feelings for the teenage Lisa Marie. Edwards recounts the tale of their relationship in his book Priscilla, Elvis, and Me.

Priscilla's longest relationship has been with Italian screenwriter-director Marco Garibaldi, with whom she lived for 22 years. Their son, Navarone, was born on March 1, 1987. The two separated in April 2006. She is now rumoured to be dating British TV executive Nigel Lythgoe.

After the death of Elvis's father Vernon in 1979, Presley served as co-executor of his estate. Graceland itself cost $500,000 a year in upkeep, and expenses had dwindled Lisa Marie's inheritance to $5 million. Priscilla examined other famous house/museums, and hired a CEO to turn Graceland into a moneymaker. She became the chairwoman and president of Elvis Presley Enterprises. After Graceland opened to the public in 1982, the enterprise's fortunes soared and eventually the trust grew to be worth over $100 million.

In addition, in 2000, Presley was elected to the board of directors of MGM, with the prime vote coming from Kirk Kerkorian, who dated Priscilla in the 1970s.

Presley and her daughter had a tempestuous relationship when Lisa was a teenager, but theirs has since matured into a smoother, more understanding mother-daughter relationship. Lisa Marie Click here for nude pictures. even imitated Presley by marrying not the King of Rock 'n' Roll but the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Lisa Marie herself now has a daughter (Priscilla's granddaughter), Riley Keough, who models for John Galliano, and Benjamin Keough (Priscilla's grandson).

Presley and Lisa Marie are both Scientologists, introduced to the religion in 1979 by John Travolta. Of the group, Presley said in 1996, "You get answers, and that's very different from other religions. It's gotten me back to basics."

It was announced on February 17, 2008. that Presley would be a contestent on Season 6 of Dancing with the Stars. She will be partnered with Louis van Amstel. She has been in and out of the papers in recent years for speculation about her plastic surgery and cosmetic work. Click here for nude pictures.

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