Every rock star, every singer is always surrounded by women. There is something extremely attractive about them, even if they are members of high-school band. But what if it’s the King of rock-n-roll himself?
I need somebody to lean on I'm tired of being unhappy and so blue If she came I would hold her 'cause I need that shoulder To lean on, yes I really do I need somebody, and maybe that somebody is you. (I Need Somebody to Lean on)
It’s been more than thirty years since Elvis Aaron Presley left the building for good, but his songs never get old, maybe because he really poured his heart and soul into them. His sensual performances drove women wild and turned him into a universal sex-symbol. But at the beginning of his career in 1954 no one could predict that he would become the most famous rock-n-roll star in the world and fulfill the American Dream.
There were several women who played very important role in Elvis Presley’s life, including his mother, Gladys and his wife, Priscilla.
Elvis was very close to his mother and undoubtedly devoted to her. Since his early childhood she was the only person he could always trust to there for him. According to Elaine Dundy, "it was agony for her to leave her child even for a moment with anyone else, to let anyone else touch Elvis." Presley himself said, "My mama never let me out of her sight. I couldn't go down to the creek with the other kids." As a teenager, Elvis was often teased by other kids for being a "mama's boy", that certainly had an influence on his future relationships with women.
At the beginning of his career Elvis started dating June Juanico, the only girl his mother ever approved of, but these relationships didn’t last. In fact, according to Juanico's own words, she "never had sex with Presley”, insisting that their relationship were strictly platonic.
In 1958 Elvis joined the army and was stationed in Germany. That's where he first met his future wife, Priscilla Beaulieu. At that time, she was 14 and he was 24. They began seeing each other and he even met her parents. Since she was so young, he had affairs with other girls as well but was seeing her regularly. Elvis biographer Alanna Nash says that "Presley was overly attached to his mother and felt more comfortable around very young girls rather than mature women".
In 1962 he began to talk to Priscilla's parents about her coming over to America. As they were not sure about the idea, he arranged it to be an official friendly visit. Eventually, she enrolled in catholic school and moved into Graceland. At that time she was 17 years old.
After more than 3 years of living in the same house they got engaged and finally married in 1967 in Las Vegas. According to a Las Vegas SUN news report about their wedding, "Presley wore a black brocade silk tuxedo and Western boots, while Priscilla wore a floor-length wedding gown of her own design: white silk chiffon, with beaded yoke, trimmed in seed pearls and topped with a three-foot tulle veil secured by a rhinestone crown."
Priscilla said in her autobiography that she and Elvis did not have sex until their wedding night. Their only child, Lisa Marie, was born nine months later, but although Elvis was extremely happy about becoming a father, his busy schedule and heavy touring led to their separation. They seem to be happy in public but in reality were drifting further and further apart.
After Lisa Marie was born, Elvis made it clear to Priscilla that he is no longer physically attracted to her. Frustrated and unhappy, Priscilla began an affair with her karate instructor Mike Stone. It was a matter of time before their marriage would fall apart. In 1972 the couple separated and in 1973 they divorced agreeing to share custody of their daughter.
The fact that Priscilla was cheating on him badly damaged Elvis’s ego. In order to maintain his status of universal sex-symbol, he started dating different women, including Barbara Leigh, Linda Thompson and Ginger Alden. He also seemed to turn screen romances into real-life affairs with his co-stars - Juliet Prowse, Ann-Margret, Connie Stevens and Natalie Woods.
The last woman Elvis dated was Ginger Alden. Even thoughshe never really loved him, he was really attracted to her, started buying her jewelry, cars and expensive presents, and eventually asked her to marry him. They got engaged in 1997, but unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. On August, 16, 1977, he was found dead in Graceland as a result of drug overdose.