Photos of Priscilla Presley That Elvis Doesn’t Want You To See

By Nick Hadji 9 months ago

1. An independent woman

Priscilla Front Seat Carimage source: mimiberlin.comWe're starting this list with one from later in the Presleys relationship. By this point. Priscilla had married Elvis and moved into his palatial house, Graceland. However, she still relished the time she had to herself, and apparently loved driving Elvis' 1968 Cadillac Eldorado, the car in this photograph.Original content sourced from

2. Young love

16 Year Old Priscilla Airpotimage source: countryliving.comIn this early photo of Priscilla, the first thing that stands out is how young she looks. And that would be natural, as Priscilla was just 14 years old when she met Elvis at a party in West Germany, where the two both lived for a time. Of course, Elvis was in the US Army, while Priscilla was living with her parents. Two years later, Priscilla was 16 and saying goodbye to Elvis at Frankfurt Airport, which is where this photo was taken.

3. The honeymoon phase

Engagement Priscilla Presleyimage source: countryliving.comPriscilla and Elvis look so happy in this photo, taken while they were on their honeymoon at a glamorous pad in Palm Springs. However, that happiness wouldn't last for long. While there was cause for celebration in February 1968, when their first child, Lisa Marie, was born, it signalled a big change in their relationship. It makes sense, then, that these photos might be difficult to look back on.

4. A glamorous 60s girl

Priscilla Gracelandimage source: mimiberlin.comThere's a whole series of fan photos taken of Priscilla Presley as she left Graceland. And as much as Priscilla admitted that living at Graceland wasn't necessarily comfortable, she would always stop her car and let fans take photos of her on her way to and from her home.

5. Opening Graceland

Priscilla Graceland Openingimage source: goldfm.lkThis photo comes from much later in Priscilla's life, on the day of the public opening of her's and Elvis' home, Graceland. What Elvis would have thought of his home becoming a public museum, we'll never know. Would he have hated Priscilla getting up and beckoning the hordes of public into his personal space?

6. You may now kiss the bride!

Priscilla Weddingimage source: vogue.comThese beautifully intimate portraits were, you guessed it, taken at Priscilla and Elvis' wedding on May 1st 1967. The moment the bride and groom finally kiss at the ceremony is one to remember, and it's likely that Elvis wanted to keep this pair of photographs to himself - rather than have the whole world see them.

7. Confetti cannon candid

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image source: countryliving.comIs there anything better than seeing candid photos of your fave celebs? This one is really special, as Priscilla and Elvis are shocked by the endless throwing of confetti and the flash of cameras around them. It even looks almost like Elvis is pulling Priscilla into him to protect her - marking this moment as perhaps more intimate than it appears.

8. Two newlyweds

Elvis and priscilla private jetimage source: countryliving.comDid you know that Frank Sinatra actually loaned his private plane to Priscilla and Elvis to use for their honeymoon getaway? That's better than a vintage car with some noisy cans, I'd say. The two look as natural as possible in this pic, despite the paparazzi intrusion, and but it's a moment that Elvis probably wanted to keep to himself.

9. The last moments together

Elvis and Priscilla Carimage source: elvispresleymusic.comWhile in West Germany, then Priscilla Beaulieu spent as much time as possible with Elvis - even playing hooky from homework to do so. In this image, though, you can see that the reality of a life with Elvis is maybe beginning to kick in, as fans and paparazzi swarm Elvis' car.

10. Being driven apart

Priscilla with Daughterimage source: countryliving.comAs we said, the birth of Elvis and Priscilla's daughter Lisa Marie Presley in early 1968 marked a real turning point in the pair's relationship. In her autobiography, Priscilla explained that Elvis began to drift apart: "I [was] beginning to doubt my own sexuality as a woman. My physical and emotional needs were unfulfilled," she wrote. In this photo, that distance is only exemplified.

11. The original celebrity wife

image source: countryliving.comPriscilla found fame specifically for being Elvis' girlfriend, fiancee, and eventual wife. While in photos like this it looks like she relished being the certain of attention, behind closed doors the young woman struggled. Rumors of affairs and forced separations swirled around the two's relationship for years.

12. Vacation in the sun

image source: pinterest.comIn 1968, after the birth of their daughter Lisa Marie, Elvis and Priscilla jetted off to Hawaii for a family vacation. With hindsight, we know that by this point the Presley's marriage was certainly strained - but looking at these pictures it's easy to see them as a perfectly committed, loving couple.

13. Lazing in Hawaii

Priscilla and Elvis Holidayimage source: pinterest.comThe Presleys developed a long-lasting love of Hawaii, returning for family holidays in 1969 and 1977. Of course, most of their vacation was spent forgetting about the fact that they were both national (and global) celebrities. Personal photographs like this one, taken presumably by a family or friend, shows the two as a relaxed couple.

14. Bikini pics

Priscilla 1968image source: pinterest.comIt's not easy to see why Elvis might not have wanted this picture to see the light of day! In 1968, Priscilla Presley was now 23 years old, while Elvis was 33. The two are clearly loved-up in this photo, with Priscilla showing her incredible post-baby body in a stylish black bikini.

15. The doting husband

Priscilla Holidayimage source: today.comWas Elvis really the patient, committed husband? Or not? According to Priscilla, back when she was seven months pregnant, he'd requested some time apart from her, saying that they both needed it. Who leaves their pregnant wife? Though he came back after a couple days, more affairs were in the pair's future.

16. Playing with baby

Priscilla Motherimage source: people.comIn 1985, Priscilla revealed, "[Elvis] had mentioned to me before we were married that he had never been able to make love to a woman who had a child." While the birth of Lisa Marie might have affected their bedroom life, in this picture from their 1969 Hawaii vacation, he looks the dedicated dad, looking at his daughter with pure love. Priscilla also looks like a mom natural, and it's likely that Elvis would've wanted to keep this little moment private.

17. Divorced but still best friends

Priscilla Divorceimage source: countryliving.comElvis and Priscilla's relationship finally led to divorce in October 1973, but - remarkably - the two actually left the court house holding hands. What's up with that? The exes apparently were still very much the doting husband and wife - even if only for their daughter. According to Elvis' friend, the two still called each other every day with news.

18. Kisses for little girl

Presley Family 1973image source: countryliving.comPlaying in the gardens of Elvis' Graceland mansion, these are the picture of a beautiful American family. The intimate moment - with Elvis planting a graceful kiss on his daughter's head - is a beautiful photo, and one that we bet Priscilla and Elvis both valued forever.

19. Escaping the paparazzi

Priscilla Drivingimage source: countryliving.comIn 1977, four years after the iconic couple divorced, Priscilla takes her daughter Lisa to the premiere of the new film Raggedy Ann & Andy. You can just about see Lisa Marie hiding in the back seat of the car. This was one of the last photos we have of Priscilla before Elvis' death just a few weeks later.

20. Priscilla's new bf

Priscilla Second Loveimage source: countryliving.comAfter her divorce from Elvis, Priscilla went back on the market pretty quickly, dating American actor Michael Edwards. The pair were together until 1984, long after Elvis had died, and no picture exemplifies the post-divorce love quite like this one. We can't say exactly, but we doubt Elvis would have wanted to see this plastered all over the papers if he had been alive.

21. Loved up

did_priscilla_presley_get_elvis_stuff_when_he_diedimage source: benvaughn.comHere we have another beautiful example of an intimate portrait of young love. Priscilla Presley clings on to her hunk of a husband, with Elvis looking less like a global musical superstar, and more like a regular guy who doesn't want to be parted from his beloved wife.

22. Newlywed drinks

Priscilla Presley and Elvisimage source: tumblr.comThe two newlyweds cuddle up in the living room of their Palm Springs honeymoon pad in this unexpectedly intimate photo. Who knows who took it? Probably some guest invited to a classic Presley party - remember that Priscilla and Elvis actually met at a house party in West Germany. Maybe the two would reminisce about that meeting as they lounged together in their party pad.

23. Not fond of the paparazzi

image source: PinterestWe're used to seeing Priscilla beaming, or at the very least looking very comfortable in front of the camera. However, this one-off portrait shows us another side of Elvis' wife - one where she looks decidedly worried, anxious, and unsure of herself. It's no wonder, considering that Elvis was supposedly pretty authoritative with her. "He was very opinionated on what he wanted: 'I don't like you in that color. Brown isn't good for you. Green looks horrible. It's a dull color with no spark to it,'" Priscilla once said.

24. The happy parents

priscilla and Lisa Marieimage source: tumblr.comWe know that Elvis wasn't exactly adjusting to life as a dad very well. First, he wanted to leave Priscilla while she was pregnant with their daughter, then he started having affairs. “He wasn’t faithful, not that he had someone special, but when you’re in the entertainment business there is always that and I tried to turn my back to that, but I just didn’t want to share him. Simple as that," Priscilla said later. So while this photo paints them as the perfect family, it's clear they were anything but.

25. Wedding smooches

Presleysimage source: tumblr.comHere's a very intimate portrait of a cute wedding smooch! This one differs from the Presleys other wedding photos by being shot very close-up, and apparently Priscilla did have to berate the official wedding photographers for getting too close to the pair during the ceremony!

26. Another new love

Priscilla and Marcoimage source: tumblr.comIn the 1980s, Priscilla started dating hot-shot film producer Marco Garibaldi. As Priscilla was now a celebrity in her own right, the news of her getting another bf understandably made news - and we wonder how Elvis would have felt seeing Priscilla with another hunky man after his death.

27. Just a girl

Young priscilla presleyimage source: pinterest.comIt's worth remembering that Priscilla was really just a child when she first met Elvis, and this photo really accentuates that. With her boyish haircut and wide eyes, Priscilla looks every bit a high school girl - so it makes sense that her parents weren't exactly happy that she started dating a guy 10 years her senior!

28. Every bit the model

Priscilla Fashionimage source: pinterest.comIn her typical 60s hair and low-cut top, Priscilla Presley looks like a supermodel in this photo. Taken when she was still with Elvis, it actually foreshadows Priscilla's later career as a TV star - she would gain a big part on the show Dallas and do big magazine photoshoots. With her natural good looks, it's no surprise that she made it on her own, but we reckon that Elvis probably wanted to keep this photo to himself.

29. Worried at Graceland

Priscilla in gracelandimage source: pinterest.comBy the late 1960s, Priscilla was living at Graceland and Elvis had an increasingly busy celebrity schedule, with TV appearances and films. At the time, it definitely would have been lonely for Priscilla at Graceland, who was just adjusting to life as a wife. She said, "I was always ready to greet him at the door and pamper him," she said. "I loved taking care of Elvis very much. I loved tending to him. I loved feeding him."

30. Priscilla's family

Priscilla and brotherimage source: pinterest.comIt's so easy to think of Priscilla as just a Presley, but for this final photo we get a glimpse of Priscilla Beaulieu, who had her own family before meeting Elvis. She poses with one of her brothers, Don, in 1966, one year before her wedding to Elvis. Despite her glamorous looks, it's easy to see her as a young girl whose life was changing forever thanks to her relationship with a world-famous star.

31. She met Elvis in Germany at 14 years old

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Priscilla spent her childhood moving around a lot - and it's a good job, or she might not have been in Germany at the same time Elvis arrived there for military service. When the singer threw a party at the house he was renting, 14-year-old Priscilla was on the guest list.

32. "I don't think anything could have stopped me from seeing Elvis"

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Because of the huge age different, Priscilla had to fight her parents on being allowed to see Elvis - but she wasn't prepared to let anything stop her from meeting up with the handsome singer! She admitted she made everyone miserable until she could get her way.

33. She didn't like other women being around Elvis

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Elvis had legions of adoring fans, most of them young women, so it's no surprise Priscilla was a little on edge! She apparently had trust issues at the very beginning when she was still young - so much so she would try to accompany Elvis to as many places as she could.

34. The newlywed's six-tier cake

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We all know how expensive weddings can get, but you might be shocked to learn their cake cost probably more than a non-celeb wedding would cost in full! The six-tiered cake (that looks delicious) rocked up a bill of $22,000 - and a lot of that might be because the icing was liqueur flavor!

35. Frank Sinatra helped out for their wedding weekend

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The private jet Elvis and Priscilla used for their wedding weekend and honeymoon was actually a rather generous loan from singer Frank Sinatra. Despite their extravagant wedding and honeymoon, problems apparently started early on in the marriage for the pair of them.

36. Their baby was born exactly 9 months after the wedding

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Talk about a successful wedding night! Before the birth of the child - and their wedding -t there was rumors Elvis didn't want to marry Priscilla at all. Apparently her father pressured him into it by threatening to have him arrested for bringing a minor over state lines without intent to marry!

37. Tom Jones and the pair in Las Vegas

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Priscilla and Elvis had many famous friends along the way - understandably. Elvis was actually great friends with Tom Jones, and they even went on vacations together. Priscilla and Tom actually remain friends to this day even after Elvis's death, friends since the 60s.

38. So much infidelity!

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While Priscilla had been worried about the army of Elvis's female fans, she also wasn't the innocent party when it came to infidelity in the marriage. It's reported that Elvis cheated on his wife - before they were officially married - and that she had an affair with her karate instructor.

39. Priscilla opened up her own store after the divorce

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Elvis's marriage was very much about moulding Priscilla into the perfect wife and having influence over what she did. So one thing she did do after they had divorced was something for herself - she opened up her own store, called Bis & Beau Boutique, in Beverly Hills.

40. Priscilla was only 'allowed' her own style in later years

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When Priscilla had first married Elvis, and still young, he would apparently be very opinionated on what she wore - telling her what colors he liked and what he didn't like. Only when Priscilla got older did she find her own sense of style and tried things she liked.

41. Priscilla had put her own career on hold

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... Because Elvis had asked her to! Priscilla had put her acting and modelling career on the backburner because Elvis had allegedly said, "It's either me or a career, Baby". He wanted her to be at her beck and call. Here, she's pictured in her home after the divorce - when she finally got to have her career.

42. Elvis gifted Priscilla a horse for Christmas

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Horses are for life, not just for Christmas, after all! Luckily, the gift wasn't the wrong choice, as Priscilla fell in love with animals - and horses in particular - which led her to advocating for animal rights later in life. She's also worked to ban cruelty against horses.

43. Priscilla took Elvis's fortune after his death

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As well as amassing Elvis's fortune after his passing, Priscilla also used what her ex-husband had left to her by opening his former home, Graceland, to the public. It was this that mostly let her change the $1 million she had been left into $100 million in the following years!

44. "His spirit is communicating to me"

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Going inside Graceland mansion is a very different experience for Priscilla Presley than it is for the average fan. When she walks through the door, it feels more like home to her - she can apparently still feel Elvis with her, see him walking down the stairs and music from the music room - a walk down memory lane!

45. Her ex wrote a book following their split

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Of course, any ex of Priscilla Presley is going to try and make a quick buck off their story after breaking up - and that's exactly what happened when she broke up with actor Michael Edwards. He wrote a book, "Priscilla, Elvis & Me" on a take on Priscilla's, "Elvis and Me".

46. She had her next boyfriend sign an agreement not to write a book!

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And we don't blame her! When Priscilla started dating film producer Michael Garibaldi, she actually made him sign an agreement that he wouldn't write a book about her or their relationship. They actually went on to be together for 22 years! And he didn't write a book, of course.

47. Her acting career took off without Elvis holding it back

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When Elvis made Priscilla choose between following her career dreams or being there whenever he needed him, it makes sense that her acting career would take off only after their divorce and his death. It really began kicking off for her with movie roles in the late 80s.

48. Priscilla has a second child with new partner

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During her 22 year relationship with film producer Michael Garibaldi, Priscilla actually had a second child - a son - with him, in 1987. Here she's pictured with the 3-year-old, Navarone, at the airport. What do you think Elvis would have thought of her having a child with someone else?

49. Her 'Naked Gun' success

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A huge part of Priscilla Presley's movie career has of course been the Naked Gun movies. Here she's pictured messing around with policemen in the UK, as well as fellow actor Leslie Nielson. This dance might have been in celebration of the fact it was the third installment!

50. She works hard to keep his legacy going

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No matter what happened in their marriage or the fact that they divorced, Priscilla has made it clear that there will always be a place in her heart for Elvis. She's worked hard with the Graceland museum to continue his legacy, and that young people can continue to learn about him.