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 Post subject: Priscilla Presley: My family values
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:14 pm 
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Priscilla Presley: My family values

The actor talks about life with Elvis and how they raised their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley

Nick McGrath
The Guardian, Saturday 8 December 2012

Elvis Presley, Priscilla and Lisa-Marie
Priscilla Presley with Elvis and their daughter Lisa Marie: 'Elvis was apprehensive about what his fans would think about him being a dad.'

I was only 14 when I first met Elvis and my father was not happy. But no one in the family expected things to turn out the way they did. A married couple with two children who were friends with Elvis took me to meet him on that first occasion and I couldn't not go, as it was an amazing opportunity. It was the equivalent of a 14-year-old today being given the chance to meet Justin Bieber. The second time I met him, Elvis played the piano and we listened to records and it was all really, really innocent. When he invited me back again my father said, "Why does he want to see you?"

At that point, Elvis and his father came round for a very official meeting with my father about the situation. Elvis was in full military uniform and they talked for two hours and Elvis's father assured my parents that I would be in safe hands. Eventually, my father agreed with a handshake.

I met Elvis at a time when he was lonely and he'd just lost his mother. He was still grieving and our relationship was based on bonding through his sorrow; bonding through his fears of what it was going to be like when he went back to the States and whether he would be accepted or not. Because I'd just come from the States and knew how popular he still was, I encouraged him. He went back to America in March 1960, and I stayed in Germany as I was only in ninth grade. We stayed in touch through letters and long phone calls but I didn't see him again until the summer of 1962.

After we got married in May 1967, when I was 21, I got pregnant straight away. Initially I was devastated. I thought, "Oh my gosh, here I am married and now I'm pregnant and I'm not going to look attractive any more." It was certainly a rocky time. It was hard for Elvis too because he was a sex symbol – the most wanted sexual specimen in the world. And he was apprehensive about what his fans would think about him being a dad and how that would affect his status as a sex symbol.

Elvis wasn't a hands-on dad. And living at Graceland was difficult but I knew when I got married that he was going to have his guys around all the time. I could not domesticate Elvis, and I accepted that. He didn't really have that much to do with the practical stuff but I took naturally to becoming a mother. I thought, "My God, this is a product of Elvis and me and I'm going to be there for her." The moment you have the child, everything changes. It is terrifying and it is beautiful and it changed my life and it brought Elvis and me closer together.

I was the disciplinarian and there were times when Lisa didn't like it but you can't live life without boundaries. I was very subtle and very calm, and she knows this now. Lisa was four when Elvis and I divorced and we were very civil and we really wanted him to stay in her life and they spent plenty of time together. Elvis and I didn't suddenly not like each other.

When Elvis died, family life changed and I took Lisa to Italy to escape the attention. It was an extraordinary situation and I don't know too many other families that have gone through what we have gone through.

Lisa knew I wasn't happy about her marrying Michael Jackson. We had issues over it because of my experience of marrying somebody with that same iconic status and in a strange way maybe history was repeating itself. It's true she grew up in Graceland and then lived with Michael Jackson in Neverland and Michael was like a child and just wanted to have fun all the time. How do you not gravitate to that? But it's not the real world. And maybe she saw something of Elvis in Michael. As her mom though I was concerned as I could see it could be a disaster. At that point, the right thing to do would have been to bite my tongue, but I didn't bite my tongue.

My son Navarone [who was born in March 1987 from her relationship with Marco Garibaldi] is his own person. He wants to do his own thing and I'm really proud of him. He doesn't want to step into the spotlight, and he's always been that way. He's not riding on Elvis and he's not riding on Lisa. We have never been, "Elvis this, Elvis that," to our children because otherwise you're building up something that is almost unreachable for them.

Lisa is now the disciplinarian with her kids. She sort of did the same thing as me with her kids in that she had her first child when she was 21, had a second three years later and then there was a 16-year gap before the twins came along. The twins have to help clean up. They have to take their own clothes off and neatly put them away after they've folded them. They have to learn to take care of themselves and have some responsibility.

Family means a lot to me because I have a big family. My father and mother are sill here, I have my children and my grandchildren and we love doing things together. Sometimes things go really, really well and sometimes they don't but I think it's important for children to have family that are close, present and to know that they have that support. Children should be validated for when they do good deeds but they should understand the consequences when they don't.

The source: Elvis Info net



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 Post subject: Re: Priscilla Presley: My family values
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:02 pm 
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Thanks for posting this! I like what she said; the lady lives up to Elvis' beliefs in that he said she would "take care of Lisa" and that she would do what needed to be done. He had faith in her, always said she was smart, was proud of her for her intelligence and learning abilities. He said she was "everything I am not so good at" and he meant that; he was referring to handling money etc... And she did step up and save his beloved home Graceland, looked after his father by helping him with the financial worries. And that is what Elvis believed that she would do. This may be the best interview that I've read; Elvis would approve even though he was a big, spoiled rotten kid himself and didn't like being told "you can't!"...He
would go and PROVE he could, even if it wasn't always the best move on his part! Capricorns are like that-mine fer sure!
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 Post subject: Re: Priscilla Presley: My family values
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:02 am 
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:roll: Will First Off How can Priscilla Talk about Family Values when She Never Wanted to be A Family or Have A Family With Elvis, and how can she say she took it naturally to being a Mother when it is will known she didn't even want Lisa and most of the time if her Sister wasn't taking Care of Lisa the Nanny's Were. To me this is just More of the Self Centered Person that Priscilla has always been, why can't she Admit to Her Faults instead of always Talking about Elvis' and Lisa's? :|



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 Post subject: Re: Priscilla Presley: My family values
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:24 am 
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First of all - thanks to Liliane for posting this interview.

But I must agree of what Rose-Lyn said. The married couple she mentioned were Currie Grant and his wife (I don't remember if they had two kids). And if you read her book and this interview, the discrepany is obviously.
And yes, she didn't like to be pregnant. Remember what she told about her pregnancy in "Elvis - by the Presleys"....and in this documentory Lisa Marie said to her "I know you don't wanted me"....
In my mind she was unhappy about her pregnancy because she liked to be in the limelight with Elvis and wanted to enjoy her life as his wife, being around all of all the celebrities in Hollywood. This I can understand because she was so young - but all other things?
Elvis was so happy to become a father - so why it was hard for him too? As she was in her 7. or 8. month of pregnancy, why he talked to her and wanted a separation? Why he should be "apprehensive" of what his fans thought? I think he knew very well that his fans loved him - never mind if he was married or going to be a father.
Interestingly she mentioned that she was well aware of how her life wtih Elvis would be - that all the guys were around ans she acceppted it.

As she wrote herself in her book, it took a long time that Elvis called her.

For myself this interview seems to be like a white-wash and again, in a very subtle way, she present herself in a proper light. I ask myself question if nobody peer through the fog and realize that one more time she didn't say any good word about the "great love of her life"?

To a certain point I give her credit of what she did for Graceland, but she wasn't the "savior". She had great advisors and she was just one of the executive team - see the inventory list which I posted a few months before.

And if I remember well, she sued Elvis or Vernon because they don't give her father a credit...

Maybe a few things are just rumors, but certainly she is not the person that she tried to portray of herself. That doesn't mean she is a "bad" person, but what is fact: she is not honest. Too much discrepancy in her interviews or the way she talk about Elvis. What I realized after a few of her interviews or her attendance in TV panel discussions, her focus is of seeming be innocent, young etc. but she knew and know very well how to self-express.

I think that Elvis' fans would her like a lot more and accepted her more if she just once admit her own faults and shortcomings.

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I know it's hard to accept her story when she has so many of them; Elvis wasn't perfect either, he admitted that but he was willing to admit his faults and she doesn't see her own apparently. Many people don't or can't; it's just how they are. Elvis saw her talents, he loved her and looked past her faults after he got over the anger, hurt and distrust; he tended to follow his beliefs of "love in spite of" instead of dwelling on the bad side of things. What someone does when they are young, spoiled and head strong and thinking only of their wants and needs often look back with older eyes and see their mistakes, others can't seem to do that very well, perhaps she is on of those. Still viewing life as she remembers it, not actually quite as it truly was? What she said in her interview and called "family values" sounds more like what she was raised with as a child growing up where family values were intact and that maybe what she is referring to with those young folks she is around now? Could it be her daughter has brought them "to the light and lives accordingly with her family" and this is how Priscilla would like to remember as hers... we don't know what is truly within anyone's heart unless they want us to and usually it is what they hope we will believe. I still feel sorry for her; she "had it all and lost it". Elvis saw her through the eyes of love, as he did so many people who were around and in his life. I wish I had his forgiving and total acceptance of how people
are at times; he practiced what he believed and what he tried to "preach" and
I on the other hand, tend to fly off the handle and become a screech owl!
The bottom line here is, Elvis loved her unconditionally; none of us ever will understand that, or the why? -me included!
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