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Riley Keough fights Graceland foreclosure sale

<p>Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough has taken legal action against a company's plan to publicly auction Graceland estate in Memphis county, after she accused them of providing "fraudulent" documents. </p> <p>A public notice for a foreclosure sale of the 13-acre estate was posted in early May said that Promenade Trust, the company which controls the Graceland museum, owed $US3.8 million ($5.7 million) after failing to repay a 2018 loan.</p> <p>Keough's late mother, Lisa Marie Presley, allegedly signed the deed of trust and used Graceland as collateral. </p> <p>Naussany Investments and Private Lending, a Missouri-based company who managed the loan, claims that Lisa Marie failed to repay the loan. </p> <p>A public auction for the estate had been scheduled for Thursday this week, but a judge has blocked the sale after Keough sought a temporary restraining order and filed a lawsuit. </p> <p>In the lawsuit, Keough asserts that her mother never borrowed any money, and alleged that Lisa Marie’s signatures were forged and that Naussany Investments isn’t even a legitimate company.</p> <p>"Lisa Maria Presley never borrowed money from Naussany Investments and never gave a deed of trust to Naussany Investments," Keough's lawyer wrote in a lawsuit.</p> <p>“These documents are fraudulent.</p> <p>“Furthermore, the notary listed on the documents denies notarising Lisa Marie’s signature or ever meeting her.”</p> <p>A source told <em>The New York Post</em> that Keough is “traumatised” at what has unfolded and “never thought that a historic piece of property could even be considered to go into the hands of any random stranger”.</p> <p>An injunction hearing is set for Wednesday. </p> <p>Elvis bought the Graceland estate in 1957. After his death in 1977, his daughter Lisa Marie Presley inherited it and opened it up as a public museum five years later. After her death last year, her daughter Riley Keough became the heir. </p> <p><em>Image: Carl Timpone/ Shutterstock Editorial</em></p> <p> </p>


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“How is this funny?”: Tourist slammed over “disrespectful” act at Graceland

<p dir="ltr">An arrogant traveller has been slammed online after blatantly disregarding signage at Graceland, and taking a dip in the pool. </p> <p dir="ltr">A woman posted a video from the late Elvis Presley’s iconic property in Memphis, Tennessee, as she travelled to the area with her husband.</p> <p dir="ltr">Capturing the moment and sharing it online as a joke, a video posted to the woman’s TikTok account shows her husband, dressed in shorts, shoes and socks climbing over a pool fence, marked 'RESTRICTED AREA'.</p> <p dir="ltr">The man is then seen walking towards the diving board as a security guard rushes towards him.</p> <p dir="ltr">After wobbling a bit on the diving board, he jumps into the water before the guard can stop him.</p> <p dir="ltr">The woman captured the video, "My husband jumped into Elvis pool", adding a laughing emoji.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite the couple’s jovial nature over the stunt, many people were quick to condemn the tourists and their video, which has been viewed over 14 million times. </p> <p dir="ltr">"How is this funny? People are so disrespectful and I hope he got arrested," one person commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">"As someone who has solid respect for Elvis Presley this is very disrespectful to him and his family," another agreed.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Travellers doing whatever they want as usual. Shame," another person commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite the overwhelming condemnation, there were some who defended the man’s actions, with one person writing, "I think Elvis would have done the same thing lol."</p> <p dir="ltr">The woman also responded to the accusations that her husband's actions were disrespectful in another video, saying, "Elvis caught someone jumping into his pool once and he never stopped them. He never got them arrested. Told them to stay in the pool. That's what a pool is meant for is to jump into."</p> <p dir="ltr">One person quickly responded, "Whether people think 'Elvis would be laughing' or not it's all down to respect. There's a reason as to why certain areas are roped off."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: TikTok</em></p>

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Priscilla Presley challenges Lisa Marie’s will

<p>Priscilla Presley has taken her late daughter’s trust to court mere weeks after Lisa Marie’s death on January 12. </p> <p>Priscilla allegedly discovered a document from 2016 that concerns an amendment to the trust. The actor and business woman reportedly filed documents that challenge this “purported 2016 amendment” to Lisa Marie’s will, and has asked that it be deemed “invalid”.</p> <p>Said amendment ousted Priscilla as trustee, instead naming Lisa Marie’s eldest daughter, Riley Keough, and her late son, Benjamin Keough, as co-trustees. However, Benjamin Keough passed away in 2020, leaving Riley as the sole trustee to their late mother’s estate. Priscilla claims that she and Barry Siegel, Lisa Marie's former business manager, were appointed co-trustees in 1993.</p> <p>Lisa Marie was the sole heir to Elvis Presley’s fortune after his death in 1977. The Graceland mansion is reported to be worth more than $100m USD (approximately $141m AUD).</p> <p>Priscilla questions the “authenticity and validity” of the amendment, and alleges that her daughter’s signature “appears inconsistent with her usual and customary signature” on the document from 2016, and even argues that Lisa Marie’s name had been spelled incorrectly. On top of this, Priscilla claims that the document wasn’t notarised.</p> <p>According to court documents, “Lisa Marie Presley appointed her mother, Petitioner, and her former business manager, Barry Siegel, as co-Trustees effective as of the date of the 2010 restatement.</p> <p>“The 2010 restatement further provides that Petitioner and Barry Siegel shall continue to serve as co-Trustees upon Lisa Marie Presley’s subsequent incapacity and/or death.</p> <p>“The Purported 2016 Amendment removed and replaced Petitioner and Barry as both current and successor Trustees of the Trust with Lisa Marie Presley as the current Trustee and naming Lisa Marie Presley’s daughter, Riley Keough, and son, Benjamin Keough, as successor co-Trustees of the Trust upon Lisa Marie Presley’s incapacity and/or 10 death.”</p> <p>Priscilla’s legal move comes less than one week after a memorial service for Lisa Marie at the Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee. </p> <p><em>Images: Getty</em></p> <p> </p>

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Lisa Marie Presley honoured in emotional Graceland memorial

<p>Over a thousand people gathered at the public memorial service in Graceland to remember the life of Lisa Marie Presley on Sunday.</p> <p>Friends and family members have shared their emotional tributes to the late star, as Lisa Marie Presley's eldest daughter was so overwhelmed with emotion that she had her husband, Ben Smith-Petersen, read the touching eulogy on her behalf.</p> <p>“Thank you for being my mother in this life,” the letter began, “I’m eternally grateful".</p> <p>In the letter, she also recalled the sweet memories she had with her late mother while growing up, and revealed that she and her husband have recently welcomed a daughter in private.</p> <p>“Thank you for showing me love is the only thing that matters in this life. I hope I can love my daughter the way you loved me, the way you loved my brother and my sisters,” the letter read in part.</p> <p>She then thanked her mother for all the traits she got from her.</p> <p>Her strength, heart, empathy, and courage are a few mentioned in the list.</p> <p>“I’m a product of your heart, my sisters are a product of your heart, my brother is a product of your heart," she wrote.</p> <p>“I remember you giving me baths as a baby, driving me in my car seat listening to Aretha Franklin … taking me for ice cream after school in Florida,” she reminisced.</p> <p>“I remember you singing to me and my brother lullabies at night, and how you’d lay with us until we fell asleep,” she continued, sharing the sweet memories she also had with her late brother, Benjamin.</p> <p>“I remember how it felt be loved by the most loving mother I’ve ever known. How safe it felt to be in your arms: I remember that feeling as a child and I remember it two weeks ago on your couch".</p> <p>Priscilla Presley also shared a poem titled 'The Old Soul', written by one of her granddaughters.</p> <p>"I have no idea how to put my mother into words. Truth is there are too many,” the poem began.</p> <p>She referred to her mother as "an icon, a role model, and a superhero," and added the Lisa Marie “always knew she wouldn’t be here too long".</p> <p>The 14-year-old then went on to talk about her brother, Benjamin, who died by suicide in July 2020.</p> <p>“Could this be the angel who takes me home? She knew it was close to the end, survivors guilt some would say. But a broken heart was the doing of her death".</p> <p>Priscilla Presley then added her own message to her daughter: "Our hearts are broken. Lisa we all love you".</p> <p><em>Image: Getty/Graceland livestream</em></p>


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"Elvis is waiting for her": Dolly Parton's hopes for Lisa Marie Presley

<p>Country music legend Dolly Parton has paid tribute to the late Lisa Marie Presley.</p> <p>Lisa Marie, who was the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, passed away at the age of 54 from cardiac arrest. The news was confirmed by her mother in an emotional statement on Friday January 13th.</p> <p>Dolly initially took to Instagram to express her love and support for the Presley family, and to offer her condolences, writing, “Priscilla, I know how sad you must be … Elvis, I know how happy you must be to finally have her home and to have her back with you. Lisa Marie, may you rest in peace. We all love all of you.” </p> <p>Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, 76-year-old Dolly referenced her first statement, adding, “that was a sad, sad loss, and when I had made my statement that I just wanted to send my sympathies to Priscilla 'cause I can only imagine, but I knew he'd be waiting for her.”</p> <p>Lisa is survived by her mother and children: Riley Keough, Finley Aaron Love Lockwood, and Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood. She lost her eldest son, Benjamin Keough, in 2020, and her father in 1977. Both Elvis and Benjamin were laid to rest at the Graceland estate’s Meditation Garden, where Lisa will be buried alongside her son. </p> <p>“We just all love that family, like family, and just wish them the best," Dolly reflected, "that was a sad, sad loss."</p> <p>The singer-songwriter confessed that while she has not had a chance to speak directly to Priscilla, she expressed her hope that “Priscilla will find some peace through the love we all have for her.” </p> <p>Despite Dolly’s grief, a feeling shared by fans and friends from around the world, the singer holds hope in her heart that with this tragedy, Lisa Marie and Elvis have been reunited, and that “they are up there being happy together."</p> <p>In lieu of a funeral, a  public memorial service is set to be held at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, on the 22nd of January. The event will be livestreamed for the public to pay their respects with the family. </p> <p><em>Images: Getty Images</em></p>


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Fate of Graceland finally decided

<p>Reports have finally confirmed that the iconic Memphis, Tennessee estate, Graceland that famously belonged to Elvis will go to Lisa Marie Presley's daughters, following her death from cardiac arrest at 54 years of age.</p> <p>Elvis’ granddaughters will inherit the estate after ownership was called into question. Graceland was first passed down to Lisa Marie when she was just nine, following the death of her legendary father in 1977.</p> <p>Graceland will now be entrusted to Lisa Marie's daughters, actress Riley Keough, 33 and 14-year-old twins Finley and Harper Lockwood. Lisa Marie will also be honoured with a public memorial service at Graceland following her death.</p> <p>A representative Riley has said that "Riley, Harper, Finley, and Priscilla are grateful for the support, well-wishes, and outpouring of love honouring their beloved Lisa Marie. A public memorial service has been arranged on the front lawn of Graceland at 9:00 am on Sunday, January 22 in Memphis, Tennesee."</p> <p>Her final resting place will be at Graceland next to her son Benjamin, who sadly died by suicide in 2020.</p> <p>Riley is the daughter of Lisa Marie and her first husband, Danny Keough, who also tried to save her life after she went into full cardiac arrest the day she died.</p> <p>Finley and Harper are the daughters of Lisa Marie and her fourth husband, musician Michael Lockwood, who Lisa Marie officially split from in 2021.</p> <p>According to the official website of Graceland, the estate was left to Lisa Marie in trust when she was nine.</p> <p>The trust officially dissolved on her 25th birthday in 1993, which gave her full ownership of the home.</p> <p>Lisa Marie later formed The Elvis Presley Trust to manage the property alongside her mother, Priscilla Presley, and the National Bank of Commerce.</p> <p><em>Images: Wikipedia / Getty Images</em></p>

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Elvis at the movies

<p>‘The movies’ have always been part of Elvis’s story. The drama and beauty of the golden age of American cinema shaped young Elvis’s creative talent and sense of style, Hollywood became the focus of his own stellar career for a decade, and since his early death in 1977, Elvis has been brought to life on screen many times, most spectacularly this year with the release of Baz Luhrmann’s much anticipated biopic <em>Elvis</em>.</p> <p>Elvis was born in the wake of the Great Depression, on 8 January 1935, to adoring parents Vernon and Gladys. Growing up in rural Mississippi, in a railroad town named Tupelo, Elvis didn’t have much money to play with – but he and best friend Sam Bell made their own fun by sneaking into the movies at Tupelo’s Lyric Theatre. Bell has described the Lyric in the days of segregation laws, when the balcony seating was partitioned into Black and white sections. Elvis and Sam would sneak through the separate entrances and once inside, Elvis would “climb on over” so the boys could sit together and share their “ten cent popcorn”, sitting in the aisle watching Westerns. (Sam Bell interviewed in 2016.)</p> <p>One of Elvis’s earliest teenage jobs was ushering in Loew’s State Theatre, in 1950 and again in 1951, in Memphis. The little Presley family made the move to Memphis, a cosmopolitan Southern city bustling with post-war industry and a vibrant cultural scene, when Elvis was 13 years old. Elvis studied the faces and expressions of 1950s screen idols such as Tony Curtis and Marlon Brando, observing not only their methods of conveying emotion and connecting with audience, but also their distinctive fashion and 1950s brand of masculine beauty.</p> <p>Fresh out of high school, in mid-1954 Elvis had his first hit single with ‘That’s All Right’ on the innovative Memphis label Sun Records. He soon caught the attention of a canny talent manager known as ‘the Colonel’ Tom Parker. Parker moved swiftly to take control of Elvis’s blossoming career and brokered the sale of his contract to major label RCA Victor in November 1955. By March 1956, Parker had Elvis in Hollywood screen-testing for powerhouse Paramount producer Hal B. Wallis. Elvis had already appeared on The Dorsey Brother’s (television) <em>Stage Show</em> six times by this stage (he would go on to do a further five appearances in 1956 alone, on shows hosted by Milton Berle, Steve Allen, and Ed Sullivan). As Wallis’s Paramount colleague Allan Weiss put it: “We had all seen him on television, the swivelling hips below the bottom of the screen, unseen. But it wasn’t just sex; it was an indefinable energy that transcended that. The question was, would it show on film?”</p> <p>Elvis had been sent a script for <em>The Rainmaker</em>, in production at Paramount with Burt Lancaster and Katherine Hepburn. He performed two short scenes, and also lip-synched a performance of ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ for the screentest. Weiss got the answer to his question: “We knew instantly that we were in the presence of a phenomenon; electricity bounced off the walls of the sound stage.” Elvis was “absolute dynamite”.</p> <p>Paramount signed Elvis for a multi-picture deal immediately, despite not yet having a script ready. Parker had negotiated in the contract that Elvis do one film a year with another studio – this clause was utilised straight away to enable Elvis to get started on a film with 20th Century Fox while Paramount prepared a script.</p> <p><em>Love Me Tender </em>was released just eight months after those first Hollywood meetings. The film was a civil war era drama, in which Elvis plays honourable and guileless Clint Reno, caught in a complicated love triangle with his young bride (played by Debra Paget) and his older brother Vance (played by Richard Egan). At the end of the film, Clint is killed in a dramatic shootout. This ending, however, was so displeasing to young audiences in test screenings that the studio was forced to ‘bring back’ Elvis, awkwardly superimposing him singing the title song over the final scene. In a private screening held the day before the film’s public release, at Elvis’s former place of employment, Loew’s State Theatre in Memphis, Gladys cried at her son’s death scene.</p> <p>Elvis aspired to become a serious dramatic actor, he is said to have known all the dialogue from the generation-defining hit film <em>Rebel Without a Cause (1955)</em>. From the very beginning though, music was deemed essential to any production designed around the young superstar.</p> <p>Even despite a substantial period of pause during his Army service (approximately March 1958 – March 1960), Elvis pumped out an astonishing 31 features between 1956 and 1969. Certain early films stand out for their relatively high quality. <em>King Creole (1958)</em> for example is one of his most critically admired films, directed by legendary Hungarian-American auteur Michael Curtiz of <em>Casablanca (1942)</em> fame. The film is set in the nightclubs and back alleys of New Orleans, as Elvis’s hot-headed Danny Fisher grapples with the temptations of organised crime and a droll temptress played by Carolyn Jones. The excellent soundtrack features skilled song-writing duo Leiber and Stoller, including an evocative title song and a sultry number titled ‘Trouble’, reprised by Elvis for his ground-breaking 1968 NBC television special.</p> <p>Throughout the 1960s, Elvis became disillusioned with his career in Hollywood. Always the professional, he fulfilled relentless contracts and was described as a good worker on set, but privately he was embarrassed by the increasingly flimsy and formulaic quality of his films, and the hastily produced soundtrack albums. In a rare candid interview during filming for the 1972 documentary <em>Elvis On Tour</em>, he explained:</p> <blockquote> <p>“Hollywood’s image of me was wrong and I knew it. And I couldn’t say anything about it, couldn’t do anything about it. I’d be right into production, I’d be doing a lot of pictures close together – and the pictures got very similar… you know, if something was successful, they’d try to recreate it the next time around. So I’d read the first four or five pages and I knew that it was just a different name, with 12 new songs in it. The songs were mediocre in most cases… But I was never indifferent, I was so concerned…. It worried me sick.”</p> </blockquote> <p>In 1968, his smash hit television special today known as the ’68 Comeback Special reignited his passion for live music performance and gave him a pathway out of Hollywood and onto the stages of Las Vegas.  In 1970 and 1972, two innovative music documentaries captured the re-energised Elvis in this second phase of his career as a stage musician: <em>That’s the Way It Is (1970)</em> and <em>Elvis On Tour (1972)</em>.  These films still sparkle today as dynamic examples of music documentary making, and the glamour and excitement of 1970s Las Vegas.</p> <p>In recent decades, many actors have attempted to emulate ‘The King’ on screen, including Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, and a fan favourite, Kurt Russell. (Fun fact: a 12-year-old Russell appears in the 1963 romance <em>It Happened at the World’s Fair </em>– he kicks Elvis in the shin in his scene!) Almost half a century on from Elvis’s death, fans around the world nervously await their chance to watch Austin Butler’s portrayal of Elvis, which has already been given a glowing review by the people who knew Elvis best, his former wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie, who tweeted: “Austin Butler channeled and embodied my father’s heart & soul beautifully”.</p> <p>For more information on the Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery (19 March – 17 July 2022), <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">click here</a>.</p> <p><em><strong>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bendigo Art Gallery</a>.</strong></em></p> <p><em><strong>This article originally appeared on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reader’s Digest</a>.</strong></em></p> <p><em>Images: Bendigo Art Gallery</em></p>


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Celebrating the King at Graceland’s Elvis festival

<p>Celebrate the life of the late great Elvis Presley.</p> <p><strong>What is it?</strong></p> <p>The spirit of Elvis is alive and well at his former home, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Every year, on the anniversary of his death (August 16) Graceland hosts a nine-day celebration of his life and music. Some years, up to 75,000 people have attended. The festival is predicted to be the largest ever as 2017 marks the 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Elvis’ death.</p> <p><strong>What events are there?</strong></p> <p>The cornerstone of the event is the Candlelight Vigil. It starts on the evening of August 15 as fans holding candles walk in silence up the driveway of Graceland to the Meditation Garden. They sit there in quiet remembrance until the early hours of the 16<sup>th</sup>, listen to music and share memories of the King.</p> <p>There’s lots of music, including live performances, impersonators and dance parties. Don’t miss the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest where lookalikes from around the world compete to win the crown. Elvis’ best movies are shown, there are panel discussions from industry experts or people who knew him, tours of the Graceland mansion and lots of special fan events where they can swap stories. A huge marketplace for memorabilia and merchandise is set up in the local convention centre and you can take a tour to Elvis’ childhood home in Tupelo, Mississippi.</p> <p><strong>How can I go?</strong></p> <p>In 2017, Elvis Week will run from August 11-19. Many events are free to attend, however for the headliners tickets will sell out early. The whole town of Memphis is in party mode to celebrate their most famous son, so even if you miss out on the official events you can hit a local blues club and soak up the atmosphere.</p> <p><em>Image credit: Twitter / NSW Central West</em></p>

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The unforgettable to-do list for a trip Graceland

<p>It’s the legendary home of the King of Rock and Roll and the ultimate pilgrimage for any music fan.</p> <p><strong>1. Marvel at the Graceland Mansion</strong></p> <p>Elvis lived here, with his family, for more than 20 years. An audio tour full of personal stories from Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie will lead you around the property. Much of the house is still styled in its 1960s and 70s heyday, especially the opulent Polynesian-style Jungle Room with green shag carpet and intricately carved wood. The Trophy Building houses a huge collection of Elvis’ gold and platinum records, alongside some fascinating memorabilia. To see all of his iconic jumpsuits from the 1970s, head to the refurbished racquetball court.</p> <p><strong>2. Pay your respects at the Meditation Garden</strong></p> <p><strong><img width="500" height="333" src="" alt="elvis grave" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></strong></p> <p>Elvis and other members of his family, including his beloved mother Gladys, are buried in a Meditation Garden adjacent to the mansion. There’s a gently tinkling fountain and Elvis ballads are piped through speakers as millions of fans come here to pay their respects to the late icon.</p> <p><strong>3. Check out his car collection</strong></p> <p>Elvis loved cars and had a passion for collecting rare, expensive or customised vehicles. More than 15 of these beauties are collected in the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum on-site including a pink Cadillac, a 1975 Dino Ferrari, a 1973 Stutz Blackhawk and the pink Jeep from the movie <em>Blue Hawaii</em>.</p> <p><strong>4. Hop aboard the opulent jets</strong></p> <p>The King of Rock and Roll also had a thing for custom jets. He spent close to $1 million refurbishing a 1958 Convair 880 with living areas, a conference room and bedroom, and named it after daughter Lisa Marie. Special touches include gold-plated seatbelts, suede chairs, leather-covered tables and 24-carat gold flecked sinks.</p> <p><img width="498" height="245" src="" alt="graceland" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p><strong>5. Learn more at the unique exhibitions</strong></p> <p>The tour’s not over yet. There are a number of one-of-a-kind exhibitions on show at Graceland, which include photography, movie memorabilia, items from his childhood, documentaries, concert films and more. A new exhibition has just opened this year to celebrate the 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the release of his first film, <em>Love Me Tender</em>.</p> <p><strong>6. Bed down at the Heartbreak Hotel</strong></p> <p>You can’t come to Graceland and not spend the night at the Heartbreak Hotel, just across the road. It’s a retro-rock styled boutique property with more than 130 Elvis themed rooms and suites. We suggest the 1970s-style Burning Love suite, decorated in lots of rich reds to celebrate Elvis’ status as a romantic idol.</p> <p>Have you ever been to Graceland? What about the US in general? If so how was your visit? Let us know in the comments section, we’d love to hear from you.</p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><a href="/entertainment/music/2016/09/graceland-hotel-to-open-in-october/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Guest House at Graceland set to open to Elvis fans in October</strong></em></span></a></p> <p><a href="/news/news/2016/02/rare-footage-of-elvis-1967-wedding/"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Rare footage of Elvis’ 1967 wedding uncovered</strong></span></em></a></p> <p><a href="/entertainment/music/2016/02/chart-topping-song-list/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Songs that have defined the ages</strong></em></span></a></p>

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Guest House at Graceland set to open to Elvis fans in October

<p>Elvis Presley used to dream about building a guest house at his Graceland property, for friends who would visit the rock ‘n’ roll icon in Memphis.</p> <p>Presley didn’t get to see his dream come true, but his fans will.</p> <p>The Guest House at Graceland is a six-storey, 450-room hotel, opening on October 27 just steps from Presley’s former home. The exterior, with columns, arches and a portico, evokes the feel of a comfortable Southern Colonial home, but the interior design and amenities are modern.</p> <p>Presley died on August 16, 1977, and Graceland was eventually turned into a museum.</p> <p>Priscilla Presley, the singer’s former wife and a caretaker of his legacy, said Elvis had made plans to build a guest house at Graceland as far back as 1960. But it was never built, so when people visited Graceland, they would stay at a Howard Johnson’s down the street.</p> <p>“This luxury hotel is the most significant enhancement to Graceland since we opened in 1982,” Priscilla Presley said. “This is huge ... I feel that it’s just so right for fans, and our guests, and tourists.”</p> <p>The hotel is the first of its kind in the working and middle-class Memphis neighbourhood of Whitehaven. Droves of applicants flocked to a job fair and the hotel will employ about 450 people. When the hotel opens, room prices will range from $US149 (NZ$206) for basic rooms to $US1300 ($1801) for the highest-priced suite.</p> <p>The location lets Elvis fans stay within walking distance of Graceland and the tourist attractions across the street, but it will likely attract other visitors as well. It will offer the most upscale accommodation in the immediate area, which has a Days Inn and a couple of other budget hotels. Also nearby, the ageing Heartbreak Hotel is scheduled for demolition.</p> <p>The Guest House at Graceland also promises to become one of the city’s top lodging options, along with the Peabody and the Madison several kilometres away in the downtown area.</p> <p>“If you ever thought that you wanted to hang out with Elvis and feel like one of his guests, this is your opportunity,” said Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, which manages the Graceland tours and also produces and licenses Elvis-themed live events worldwide.</p> <p>Weinshanker said the total investment in the hotel was about $US92 million. Memphis officials approved a tax break for the hotel project.</p> <p>The hotel is still under construction, with bulldozers outside and workers installing electric outlets and carpets. But colours associated with The King already are present, such as touches of purple and gold in the carpeting and hallways, gold lighting in the 464-seat theatre, and a picture of Elvis in a gold jacket hanging on the textured grey walls of guest rooms. At 35860sq m, it’s about 22 times the size of the Graceland house.</p> <p>“There’s not a whole lot of Elvis bling,” said Elvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden. “It’s much more subtle. It’s very cool.”</p> <p>The circular lobby is illuminated by natural light streaming through large windows. The lobby ceiling features mirrors shaped like elongated hexagons. The grey and purple carpet is decorated with a geometric pattern.</p> <p>Turn right and you get The Lobby Lounge, an eating and drinking spot with indoor and outdoor seating. Nearby is E.P.’s Bar and Grill, a sports bar-themed restaurant with televisions and a pool table.</p> <p>A left turn from the lobby leads to another restaurant, Delta’s Kitchen, which will feature locally sourced products and a breakfast buffet. There’s also a coffee bar, and room service will be available.</p> <p>Beyond Delta’s Kitchen is a large ballroom and four meeting rooms. The theatre venue can be used for musical performances and company conferences.</p> <p>The rooms feature textured vinyl wall coverings, a glass-encased shower with a wall-mounted body spray, and sleekly designed chairs next to a window with a blackout curtain. Rooms also have a Keurig coffee brewing system and a flat-screen TV.</p> <p>Priscilla Presley said suites would have unique themes. The King’s Suite would be designed like Elvis Presley’s master bedroom, with rich red and black tones and a custom-draped canopy bed.</p> <p>The property will also include a swimming pool, adding to the resort feel.</p> <p>“It really is quite beautiful, and it is subtle, and it is contemporary, and it’s classy,” Priscilla Presley said. “I think our guests will be very happy.”</p> <p>Tell us in the comments below, would you be keen to pay a visit to Graceland?</p> <p><em>First appeared on <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">.</span></strong></a></em></p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><a href="/entertainment/music/2016/08/15-photos-of-musicians-before-they-were-famous/"><em><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">15 photos of musicians before they were famous</span></strong></em></a></p> <p><a href="/entertainment/music/2016/06/15-most-iconic-album-covers/"><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">15 most iconic album covers</span></em></strong></a></p> <p><a href="/entertainment/music/2016/05/1970s-songs-that-defined-a-decade/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>1970s: songs that defined a decade</strong></em></span></a></p>


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