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Overview (4)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NamePriscilla Ann Wagner
Nicknames Cilla
Pris
Satnin
Nona
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Priscilla Presley's stepfather was an Air Force officer stationed in West Germany when as a teenager she met Elvis Presley in 1959, then four years into his meteoric career in rock and roll and serving with the U.S. Armed Forces. After an eight year courtship, she married him on 1 May 1967. As their marriage was winding down, she began studying karate and acting. After his death she went into business and began work in movies and TV, notably playing the part of Jenna Wade (1983-88) in the very successful series Dallas (1978). She more recently established herself as Jane Spencer in the "Naked Gun" (The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)) movies.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (1)

Elvis Presley (1 May 1967 - 9 October 1973) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

Sparkling blue eyes
Long, jet black hair, teased into a bouffant (1960s)
Her poised, calm, cool and collected demeanor
Surreally youthful appearance. She is often mistaken for a much younger woman.

Trivia (51)

Mother of Lisa Marie Presley (b. 1968) and Navarone Garibaldi (b. 1987).
Lived with Marco Garibaldi from 1984 to 2006.
Received an honorary degree (doctor of humanities) from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. [1998]
Elected to the board of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. [September 2000]
Has regular chemical peels to get rid of wrinkles and brown spots.
The developer of an international fragrance line since 1988. Her fragrance line including Moments, Experiences, Indian Summer, and Roses and More. Moments was worth $90 million a year in 1996.
A successful boutique owner in 1973-76, clients included Natalie Wood, Barbra Streisand and Cher.
Her real father, James Wagner, was killed in a plane crash when she was six months old. She was adopted by her mother's second husband, Paul Beaulieu.
Turned down a main role on the television series Charlie's Angels (1976).
Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1992]
Her father had German ancestry. Her maternal grandfather was the son of immigrants from Egersund in Norway, and her maternal grandmother had English and Scotch-Irish ancestry.
Was, very briefly, the mother-in-law of singer Michael Jackson.
In 1988, she left Dallas (1978) after five seasons because she became unhappy with the direction of the series and her character.
Is portrayed by Antonia Bernath in Elvis (2005) and by Season Hubley in Elvis (1979).
Ambassador of the Dream Foundation, a Santa Barbara-based wish-granting organization for terminally ill adults.
Walked Lisa Marie Presley down the aisle at her wedding to Michael Lockwood. [January 2006]
Split with boyfriend of 22 years, Marco Garibaldi, in mid-March 2006. Presley reportedly confronted Garibaldi over his commitment to their romance and the argument led to Marco being asked to move out of her Beverly Hills home. At the beginning of their relationship, Presley and Garibaldi signed a promissory agreement that if they should break up, he will not write a book about her. The pair has a 19-year-old son Navarone.
Grandmother of Riley Keough and Benjamin Keough.
In 1983, became the third actress to play Jenna Wade on Dallas (1978), after Morgan Fairchild in 1978 and Francine Tacker in 1980.
Met future husband Elvis Presley in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1959 when she was fourteen years old.
Mother-in-law of Michael Lockwood. Ex-mother-in-law of Nicolas Cage and Danny Keough.
Hal B. Wallis, a Hollywood producer who had financed several of Elvis' earlier films, was interested in signing Priscilla to a contract. Elvis, however, had no intentions of allowing his wife to have a career of any kind; in his opinion, albeit a very common one at the time, 'a woman's place is in the home looking after her man'.
Contestant on season 6 of Dancing with the Stars (2005). [2008]
Twin granddaughters, Harper and Finley Lockwood, born. [October 2008]
Though originally from the East coast, she grew up mostly in Austin, Texas. Her family moved there from Maine when she was in second grade and left the summer before she started high school.
Founded Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (known as EPE) in 1979, the same year she was appointed by ex-father-in-law Vernon Presley as executor of her former husband's estate. In 1998, she relinquished duties as chairman of the board to daughter Lisa Marie and moved to an advisory position.
Designs luxury linens in collaboration with Australian fashion designer Bruno Schiavi. Also has a furniture line, the Priscilla Presley Home Collection.
Her favorite movies are Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Gone with the Wind (1939).
Used to be friends with Kris Jenner.
Was crowned Queen of Del Valley Junior High by classmates in Austin, Tx. In high school, she was voted Best-Looking.
Won a 1998 defamation suit against U.S. airman Currie Grant, who claimed to have had a sexual relationship with her when she was 14. In 2005, she considered suing photographer Terry O'Neill for his claim that they had an affair in the mid-seventies.
Had long term, live-in relationships with karate champion Mike Stone and male model Michael Edwards. Other prominent men linked to Presley include lawyer Robert Kardashian, hairdresser Elie Ezerzer, businessman Kirk Kerkorian, crooner Julio Iglesias, actor Richard Gere, American Idol (2002) producer Nigel Lythgoe, restaurateur Richard Palmer and disc jockey Toby Anstis.
Pursued the role of Susan Atwell in No Way Out (1987) which eventually went to Sean Young.
Older half-sister of Michelle Beaulieu.
Owns two Tennessee Walking Horses, which she stables at Graceland.
Is a celebrity advocate for the Humane Society of the United States' Animal Rescue Team.
Succeeded Jaclyn Smith as spokesmodel for Wella Balsam shampoo (1979/80).
Raised Catholic, as an adult she turned to Protestant denominations. Since 1978 she has been a Scientologist, introduced to the religion by John Travolta, and lectures for its anti-psychiatry front group.
Studied karate with Chuck Norris in L.A. and Kang Rhee in Memphis.
Practices yoga.
The song "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode was inspired by Priscilla's 1985 autobiography.
Once a self-proclaimed vegetarian, now only avoids red meat.
Considers her work with Leslie Nielsen in the Naked Gun trilogy the most enjoyable experiences of her acting career.
Was a Girl Scout.
Made her pantomime debut as the Wicked Queen in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon in 2012 and reprised the role at the Opera House in Manchester in 2014.
Played the genie in a pantomime production of "Aladdin" at the Milton Keynes Theatre in Buckinghamshire, UK. [December 2015]
On a nationwide speaking tour hosted in partnership with CID Entertainment, An Evening With Priscilla Presley: An Open Conversation; also touring Europe with The Wonder of You, a concert featuring her late ex-husband's voice with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2016-2017).
In January was reported to be dating Tom Jones. Finally addressed the reports in July, denying them, says she's been comforting Jones since he was widowered last year. [2017]
Rejected a part in James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985).
Due to the protective lifestyle she lived as Elvis's wife, she never actually signed a check until she was 29 years old.
Close friend of fellow Scientologist Elliot Mintz.

Personal Quotes (5)

[her reaction to Suzanne Finstad's 1996 biography of her, "Child Bride"] Talk about 5 minutes [of fame]! There are people in that book I've never even heard of. That woman made me out to be some kind of prostitute. I dated. But that was just my life...
[on marrying Elvis Presley] I was so young and naive at the time, there was just no way I could have made a success of that marriage. I realized I couldn't give him the kind of adulation he got from his fans, and he needed that adulation desperately. Without it he was nothing.
I don't care about being a superstar, but I feel I have something to give and to share, and if I can do that and maintain my values...well, I can.
It takes a special kind of person to really be with me. I don't know too many men who could stand a lot of the past, or the emotions, or the press, the myths. It takes a lot.
[about the death of Joe Esposito] Losing Joe is a monumental loss in my life. He has been a loving, supportive and lifelong friend and was there from the very first time I met Elvis to the day he left us. I spoke to him 3 days before he passed, his last words before we hung up..."I love you Cilla." He was devoted to Elvis and served him well. The friends he acquired during his lifetime... says it all. Joe, you may have left the building too, but you will never be forgotten my friend. Give our man a big hug and kiss and that he's still loved by us all and we're still TCB.

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