Austin Butler got ‘so close, so fast’ with Lisa Marie Presley Austin Butler | Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
Lisa Marie died suddenly on Jan. 12, 2023, after suffering cardiac arrest. The news left many saddened and surprised, including Butler, who recently got to know her through celebrating Elvis together. In an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Butler said he first met Lisa Marie at Graceland during a screening of Elvis, and they hit it off immediately.
“I first met Lisa Marie when we filmed the screen at Graceland,
In September 2022, the world was rocked by the loss of Queen Elizabeth II; before her death, she was the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Hollywood also lost many stars far too soon in 2022, including "Full House" star Bob Saget and beloved comedian Leslie Jordan. The music world
Et’s Cassie Dilaura spoke with the “Elvis” director at Spotify’s Best New Artist party ahead of the 2023 Grammy Awards this week, and he opened up about the “roller coaster of emotions” that he and the cast have been on following the tragic death of Lisa Marie Presley on Jan. 12.
“I’ve made films and they’ve all had extraordinary journeys. Nothing comes close to the ‘Elvis journey,” Luhrmann shared. “Forget the discovery of Austin [Butler], forget the pandemic, forget even the recent unimaginable sadness that everyone in the film has gone through with the loss of Lisa Marie, and then you have a high of the nominations for the Oscars and then the Grammys and we’re up for Best Soundtrack and all of that.”
“However I’m doing, it’s of no comparison to how the family is,
“Riley wants to keep the family together and keep Lisa Marie’s legacy in a positive light, but she feels that her grandmother’s actions are pushing the family apart even more,” the source says. “It’s upsetting to her as she does want to have a relationship with Priscilla, but at this point in time they are not close.”
As for Lisa Marie, the source says that she “did not have a healthy or close relationship” with Priscilla prior to her death, adding that things were “very complicated” between them.
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“Lisa Marie was struggling, and it definitely put a
The actor, who has been enjoying awards season success due to his lead role in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic, tells Graham Norton on the latest episode of his talk show, “I am getting rid of the accent, but I have probably damaged my vocal cords with all that singing. One song took 40 takes!”
Norton says of Butler’s “Elvis” voice, “I think there’s a lot less of it now,” as the star laughs, “I’m glad you say that, I hear it all the time.”
As the host asks if he’s “tried to get rid of it” and “gone to a speech therapist or anything,” the actor smiles and insists, “No…”
He explains how his publicist had mentioned to him that people had been talking about his voice,
Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home, in Memphis, Tn | Raymond Gehman/Getty Images Lisa Marie Presley admitted she had ‘the run of Graceland’ when she visited
In a 2013 interview for The Talk, Lisa Marie admitted Elvis was not a “strict dad.” His parenting style differed significantly from her mother, Priscilla, who split from Elvis in 1973. However, they co-parented Lisa Marie amicably.
Lisa Marie said, “He was not strict at all. I was truthfully a terror,
The actor portrayed rock and roll icon Elvis Presley in the Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic, and received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor last month for his performance. (You can read The Independent’s four-star review here.)
In order to play Presley, Butler had to use a Tennessee accent as well as his own singing voice for certain performance scenes in the film.
Although Butler is from Anaheim, California, he has retained a Southern twang since his turn as the “Hound Dog” singer.
However, on Friday’s edition (3 February) of The Graham Norton Show, he said that ahe possibly harmed his vocal cords due to the many hours he spent singing.
“I am getting rid of the accent, but I have probably damaged my vocal cords with all that singing,” he told Norton,
Joel made an appearance on Sirius Xm’s Elvis Radio on Wednesday, Feb.1, which would have been Lisa Marie’s 55th birthday. She passed away suddenly on Jan. 12.
Joel said of Graceland, “Everyone knew that when Elvis passed away, he left everything to his little girl. He did so knowing that she would be the one to keep his legacy going,” People reported.
“We got along so well because we were both trying to do what was best for Elvis, regardless of what somebody else was trying to do, regardless of what a family member would do,” he continued.
“Lisa couldn’t be bought, she couldn’t be pushed. If she felt that something wasn’t in Elvis’ best interest, it was never about money. And she
Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley | Bryan Steffy/WireImage Priscilla Presley honored Lisa at her celebration of life ceremony
The Presley clan gathered on Graceland’s grounds on Jan. 22 to pay tribute to Lisa Marie with a celebration of life ceremony. Family members and friends spoke of their relationships with the entertainer.
Priscilla took to a small stage in front of Graceland, the home of her late ex-husband Elvis Presley. There, she read a poem by Lisa’s 14-year-old daughter,
Lisa Marie died unexpectedly on 12 January, shortly after being rushed to hospital.
Now, Elvis Presley’s former wife Priscilla said she is “having to learn to live without” her only daughter.
Speaking to Page Six on Wednesday (1 February), Priscilla said: “Today would have been Lisa’s 55th birthday.”
“My wish is to protect my three grandchildren and keep our family together,” said the 77-year-old.
She continued: “From the first moment I held Lisa in my arms, I’ve protected, loved and guided her, as I have my son.
“Our hearts are broken, and I am having to learn to live without my only daughter.
Her statement was made alongside the news that she is reportedly attempting to contest her daughter’s will, which she was removed from several years ago.
Lisa Marie died on Jan. 12 after paramedics rushed her to the hospital for a possible cardiac arrest. Priscilla announced her death in a statement that read, "It is with a heavy heart
“Today would have been Lisa’s 55th birthday. My wish is to protect my three grandchildren and keep our family together,” Priscilla said in a statement to Et, which she also shared on Instagram. “From the first moment I held Lisa in my arms, I’ve protected, loved and guided her, as I have my son. Our hearts are broken, and I am having to learn to live without my only daughter.”
She concluded her message by thanking fans, saying, “We truly love all of you, and we feel your prayers. Thank you so much for caring so deeply for our family.”
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The pair's first child, Lisa Marie, was born in 1968, and Priscilla recalled seeing her for the first time after birth in her memoir, "Elvis and Me," in an excerpt featured in Us Weekly. "The nurse brought [Lisa Marie] into my room and I cradled her in my arms. She was so tiny, so beautiful," Priscilla wrote. "Elvis came into the room and kissed me, thrilled that we had had a perfectly normal, healthy baby. Then he took us both in his arms and held us."
Lisa Marie spent her first few years in Graceland with her parents, but Priscilla and Elvis divorced in 1973. Per the BBC, Lisa Marie moved with her mom to Los Angeles,
In January, following Lisa Marie’s funeral, Priscilla asked a California judge to step in and reject an alleged 2016 amendment to Lisa Marie’s living trust as “invalid”; at the time of Lisa Marie’s death, her daughter Riley Keough and now-deceased son Benjamin were listed as co-trustees of her estate.
Garcia, a musician, is the son of Elvis Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley and producer Marco Garibaldi.
The 35-year-old has mostly stayed out of the spotlight growing up, telling People: “A lot of people know about me. But they don’t know me.”
Garcia was recently in the public eye when he attended a memorial at Graceland for his half-sister Lisa Marie Presley on 22 January.
Lisa Marie, the only daughter of Elvis, died aged 54 on 12 January after being admitted to hospital after a cardiac episode.
Speaking about his half-sister’s death, Garcia said: “It’s still so surreal.”
The musician recalled that when growing up people would realise who his mum is and “want a reason to talk to her”.
“I got in trouble more than everybody else, because kids’ parents would find out who my mom was, and they
The public only knows his mother Priscilla Presley, as the 77-year-old ex-wife of Elvis.
“A lot of people know about me,” the musician told People. “But they don’t know me.”
While he may have been less well-known compared to his half-sister, the late Lisa Marie Presley, growing up was still awkward when people discovered his famous family.
“I got in trouble more than everybody else, because kids’ parents would find out who my mom was, and they’d want a reason to talk to her,” he recalled. “I wasn’t very comfortable with it.”
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He was brought into the spotlight again when he attended the memorial service for his half-sister, Lisa Marie, who was the only child of Elvis and Priscilla.
“It’s still so surreal,
Lisa, the only child of Elvis Presley, died in January after suffering a cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County coroner has not yet confirmed a cause of death. As she did not file a will, her living trust serves to distribute her assets after her death.
Since the 1990s, Priscilla and her manager Barry Siegel have been the heads of a trust that manages the Presley estate, which includes the intellectual property of Elvis. Priscilla alleges that her daughter made the amendment in 2016 without delivering the amendment to her first, as required by the trust’s terms. It was also never notarized or witnessed.
She died just days after celebrating Luhrmann’s “Elvis” — and Austin Butler’s Golden Globes win for his work portraying the King of Rock and Roll — at a private party at the Formosa Cafe in Los Angeles.
“It was just shocking and then it was sad,” Luhrmann told me at the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards on Jan. 28. “There was beauty there, too. She loved Austin [Butler] so much. The film had lifted her up. I think the words are bittersweet and sad, but the film did lift her up.”
During a rare appearance at the Formosa Cafe, Lisa Marie said, “I just want to thank you for coming,” alongside Butler, daughter Riley Keough and Luhrmann. She continued, “I’m so overwhelmed by this film and the effect
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