The King loved to surround himself with beautiful women. We recall his notable flames.
Like many young men, Elvis Presley longed to surround himself with gorgeous, glamorous women who adored him. Unlike most, he had the opportunity to do exactly that. The singer was linked to a number of high-profile beauties during his short life, and those who have remembered him publicly have generally done so with affection. USA TODAY recalls some of his more notable flames.
Elvis married just once, to a young woman he had courted for nearly eight years. As is well known, he met 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu during his stint in the Army, while serving in Germany. Instantly smitten, he began dating the stunning teen; the couple kept in touch after he returned home, with Beaulieu occasionally visiting her beau in the USA. In 1963, she moved there for good — under strict conditions put forward by her parents, who expected that Elvis would ultimately marry her.
After sowing a few remaining wild oats — see the entry on Ann-Margret — Elvis did tie the knot with Priscilla, in 1967. They welcomed their only child, Lisa Marie, the following year. But the union soon faltered. In her 1985 memoir, Elvis and Me, Priscilla suggested that her husband’s sexual interest in her waned once she became a mother, and confessed that she eventually sought consolation in an affair with a karate instructor, Mike Stone.
The fairy tale ended in 1972, when the Presleys separated; their divorce was final a year later, and the two shared custody of Lisa Marie. Priscilla made the decision to open Graceland to tourists in 1982, and remained in the public eye, launching careers as an actress and a businesswoman. Having never remarried, Presley, 68, keeps her ex-husband’s name, and oversees his legacy, with discernible pride.