She met him when she was just 14, married him at 21 and had their only child together exactly nine months after their wedding. And even though they separated in 1972, and eventually divorced, Priscilla and Elvis Presley remained close.
The beautiful actress and entrepreneur, whom Elvis affectionately referred to as “‘Cilla,” spoke with “Entertainment Tonight” on the 40th anniversary of his death and told them, “I never thought he’d pass. That just never, ever had been in my mind. And it’s still unbelievable. He was so much a part of our lives, my life, and my daughter’s life, and everyone around him.”
Even though they were divorced at the time of his death, Priscilla was the executor of Elvis’ estate on behalf of her daughter, Lisa Marie, the sole heir and a minor when The King passed away. It was Priscilla’s decision to open Graceland to the public back in 1982 after she refused to sell the mansion and its properties to cover taxes.
Priscilla, Lisa Marie and Elvis’ grandchildren — Ben and twins Harper and Finley — were all at the Aug. 15 candlelight vigil in Memphis honoring the iconic musician and solemnly marking the 40th anniversary.
It also gave the Presley family an opportunity to revisit some sweet memories, since photos and home movies of the couple’s relationship and Lisa Marie’s childhood with Elvis are rare.
Priscilla explains. “We didn’t really have that many home movies. In fact, he had given me a camera, but he didn’t really like having pictures taken because so many people would take pictures of him. We didn’t have social media, we didn’t have selfies. I can’t even imagine Elvis doing a selfie. It’s just not like him.”
That makes this footage even more precious.