How Old Was Priscilla When She Started Dating Elvis? Why Did They Divorce?

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American entrepreneur and actress Priscilla Ann Presley was born on May 24, 1945. She is the ex-wife of the famous American singer Elvis Presley and the co-founder and ex-chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE), the corporation responsible for making Graceland a major tourist destination. Here you will read about how old was Priscilla when she started dating Elvis?

Presley had a successful acting career, appearing alongside Leslie Nielsen in three Naked Gun films and as Jenna Wade on the long-running TV series Dallas.

Priscilla’s Early Life

A baby girl named Priscilla Ann Wagner entered the world on May 24, 1945, at Brooklyn Naval Hospital. Albert Henry Iversen (1899-1971), her paternal grandfather, was a native of Egersund, Norway. He eventually settled in America, where he met and wed Lorraine Davis (1903-1984), who shared his ancestry from Scotland, Ireland, and England.

James Frederick Wagner (1921-1945), son of Kathryn (1901-1995) and Harold Wagner (1897-1958) of Titusville, Pennsylvania, was the father of Priscilla. After more than three years of courting, he tied the knot with Priscilla’s mom Ann on August 10, 1944, when he was just 23 years old. When Priscilla was just six months old, Wagner was killed in a plane crash on his way home from leave.

Priscilla’s German Life

Priscilla Presley
Priscilla Presley

After arriving in Germany, the Beaulieus initially resided at the Helene Hotel; but, after three months, the high costs of staying there prompted them to begin searching for a rental. Moving into a spacious apartment in a “vintage structure established long before World War I” was a big step for the family. The Beaulieu’s quickly discovered the building was a brothel, but they had nowhere else to go due to a severe housing shortage.

How Old Was Priscilla When She Started Dating Elvis?

The specifics of Priscilla and Elvis’ romance may not be immediately recalled even by people who are aware that she was significantly younger than he was when they first met. She was just 14 years old at that time and Elvis was 24.

Life With  Elvis

Germany

While serving in the United States Army, Elvis Presley met his future wife Priscilla at a party held at his rented home in Bad Nauheim, Germany on September 13, 1959.

She may have been only 14, but she left a profound impression on him. They say that with her, Elvis reverted to his “awkward, humiliated” boy-next-door persona. However, by night’s conclusion, he had collected himself enough to continue with the evening.  The night of their initial encounter, Priscilla’s parents were disturbed by her late return and recommended she never see Elvis again; nevertheless, his excitement for another rendezvous and his pledge to never bring her home late again convinced them to change their minds.

They spent a lot of time together after that and remained close until his departure from West Germany in March 1960. After Elvis’s departure, Priscilla began receiving numerous interview requests from publications all over the world. She got both favorable and unpleasant fan mail from Elvis fans, as well as letters from “lonesome G.I.s.” Priscilla believed her romance with Elvis was ended and that she would never see him again when reports spread in the tabloids about his alleged affair with Nancy Sinatra.

Marriage

A few weeks before Christmas in 1966, Elvis popped the question to Priscilla. Elvis’ manager, Colonel Parker, pushed him to tie the knot by bringing up the “morals clause” in their RCA contract. In an interview with Ladies’ Home Journal published in 1973, Priscilla hinted that she and Elvis were content to simply live together, despite the fact that “at that time it wasn’t nice for people [just] to live together.”

According to Elvis’s chef Alberta, he was so distraught over his upcoming wedding that she found him crying about it one day. She pressed him on why he hadn’t just called off the wedding in the face of his obvious distress, and he said, “I don’t have a choice.” A close friend of Elvis’s named Marty Lacker has also discussed the singer’s reluctance to be married, while others like Joe Esposito have said that Elvis was thrilled to wed Priscilla.

Priscilla’s  Acting Career

Hollywood producer Hal B. Wallis, who had bankrolled many of Elvis’s early films, expressed an interest in negotiating a deal with Priscilla.

But Elvis never intended to let his wife work outside the home; his view, shared by many men of his generation, was that “a woman’s place was in the home looking after her man.”Priscilla had previously demonstrated enthusiasm for dancing and modeling, but her awareness of Elvis’ position prevented her from making a career out of them. She had a brief stint as a store model, but Elvis urged her to stop after he found out.

Elvis And Priscilla First Child

Elvis And Priscilla First Child
Elvis And Priscilla First Child

Elvis and Priscilla’s only child was born on February 1, 1968. At 5:01 p.m. on August 1, 1981, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, Lisa Marie Presley was born to Elvis Presley and Lisa Marie Alcorn.

Why Did Priscilla Leave Elvis?

When Priscilla finally told Elvis she was leaving him for good in 1972, he had her move out of the couple’s house. As a result of her dissatisfaction with her marriage, she had initiated an illicit affair with her karate instructor prior to this time. Priscilla eventually disclosed that Elvis had strayed on her several times throughout their relationship. This was due to his glamorous job.

When asked why she didn’t want to share him, she explained, “He wasn’t faithful, not that he had someone particular, but when you’re in the entertainment field, there is always that.”

Divorce

On August 15, 1972, barely a few months after filing for formal separation, Priscilla and Elvis officially divorced. Surprisingly civil processes resulted in a $1.5 million settlement and joint custody of their daughter, Lisa Marie.

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