August 16 will mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Although many things have changed in the four decades since his death including fashion, presidents and trends, one thing remains the same — Elvis has an extremely large fan base that is fascinated with his life.
Priscilla Presley is one person who had a front row seat to all things “The King,” as she was married to Elvis from 1967-1973. She is also the mother of his only daughter, Lisa Marie.
On Friday, she will being her stories of life with and without Elvis at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino with “Elvis and Me: An Open Conversation with Priscilla Presley.” The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19.95 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and at the Beau Rivage box office.
Rebecca Powers will moderate the show.
“A lot, obviously, has gone on since I wrote my book ‘Elvis and Me,’ which came out in 1984, so the show goes beyond that into the time after Elvis passed as well,” Presley said in an interview with the Sun Herald. “I will be taking some questions from the audience — they can bring in their questions and I will answer them; it’s an intimate conversation that’s going to be honest and will clear a lot of things up.”
The Presleys were an iconic couple, living together at Graceland in Memphis in the days before tabloids exploded upon mainstream media. But in the days since Elvis’ death, their private life has been the subject of much tabloid fodder. Presley said she hopes people will leave with a better understanding of her time with Elvis.
“One of the the things that people can better understand is that Elvis and I never fought and we never had a trial. We conducted our divorce in a very private manner and we walked out with a lot of care for each other,” she said. “And there’s a lot about our lifestyle and what want on behind the scenes and it gives people a closer look at our relationship.”
Presley said that although her ex-husband has been gone for 40 years, his fan base remains as passionate as it ever was.
“I’m blown away,” she said. “The love of Elvis is beyond your imagination — it truly is.”
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Priscilla Presley did an exclusive interview with the Sun Herald’s Jeff Clark on the “#ClarkCast Podcast. Listen to it at SunHerald.com or subscribe to it in iTunes and Apple Podcast.