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Elvis Presley is widely regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. We celebrate The King's life and offer some fascinating facts about the man behind the music. What's your favourite memory of Elvis?
On January 8, 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley was born in East Tupelo, Mississippi, about 35 minutes after his identical twin brother, Jesse Garon, who was stillborn. The next day, Jesse was buried in an unmarked grave in nearby Priceville Cemetery.
In 1957, Elvis paid $102,500 for Graceland, the Memphis mansion that was his home for two decades. Situated on nearly 14 acres, it was built in 1939 by Dr. Thomas Moore and his wife Ruth on land that once was part of a 500-acre farm dubbed Graceland in honor of the original owner’s daughter, Grace, who was Ruth Moore’s great-aunt. The Moores’ white-columned home also came to be known as Graceland, and when Elvis purchased the place he kept the name.
In December 1957, Elvis, by then a major star, was drafted into the U.S. military. After receiving a short deferment so he could wrap up production on his film “King Creole,” the 23-year-old was inducted into the Army as a private on March 24, 1958, amidst major media coverage.
In September 1958, Elvis was assigned to the Third Armoured Division in Friedberg, West Germany, where he served as a jeep driver and continued to receive stacks of fan mail. While in Germany, he lived off base with his father and grandmother Minnie Mae Presley. It was also during this time that Elvis met 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, the daughter of a U.S. Air Force captain.
Elvis and Priscilla Beaulieu married in 1967. They has one child, their daughter Lisa Marie, and were divorced in 1973.
Priscilla Presley gave birth to Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie on February 01, 1968. To date, Lisa Marie continues to own and operate Graceland.
Elvis’ first post-Army film was “G.I. Blues”. The film’s soundtrack spent 10 weeks at the top of the Billboard album music chart and remained on the chart for a total of 111 weeks, the longest of any album in Elvis’ career.
Elvis Presley poses on the set of his film 'Blue Hawaii' in 1961.
Elvis Presley first acting role was in the 1956's Love Me Tender. He went go on to appear in a total of 33 feature filmsAnne Helm and Elvis Presley appear in a scene from Follow that Dream
Despite being hugely populat outside of the U.S, Elvis never performed on foreign soil. A number of sources have suggested that Elvis’ manager, Colonel Parker, turned down lucrative offers for the singer to perform abroad because Parker was an illegal immigrant and feared he wouldn’t be allowed back into the U.S. if he travelled overseas.