Age Difference Between Elvis And Priscilla didn’t stop them to be married The strong relationship between Elvis and his wife, Priscilla Presley, has once again caught the attention of a larger audience, with the release of an acclaimed new biography of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, on June 24. The two were not only one of Hollywood’s most famous couples at that time, but they were the most scrutinized over the years due to their large age gap.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Age difference between Elvis and Priscilla, and how their relationship blossomed after they met at a party.
- When and where Priscilla met Elvis Presley?
- How did this relationship develop?
- At what age Priscilla went to live with Elvis Presley?
- When did Elvis and Priscilla get married?
- When did Elvis and Priscilla get divorced?
- How many children did Elvis and Priscilla have?
1. When and where Priscilla met Elvis Presley?
Elvis was 10 years older than his future wife, Priscilla Beaulieu, when he met her on September 13, 1959, at a party at his home in Bad Nauheim, Germany. While 24-year-old Elvis served in the US Army in West Germany, 14-year-old Priscilla lived with her entire family in West Germany because of her German stepfather, “Air Force Officer Paul Beaulieu”. The couple was introduced to one another through a common friend of Elvis and Priscilla’s stepfather, namely Currie Grant.
2. How did this relationship develop?
When Priscilla first arrived in a foreign country, she did not speak German, was all time homesick, and listened to American songs on the jukebox to fill up her loneliness. When Elvis first met Priscilla, he notices a striking resemblance between Priscilla and his dead mother that sparked a connection between the two. This eventually led to a six-week courtship between 24-year-old Elvis and 14-year-old Priscilla before he returned to the US. Even after a painful farewell to the girl he left behind in Germany in 1960, the two stayed in connection by letter even after he was discharged from the army. But surprisingly, Elvis already had a girl named “Anita Wood”, waiting in America whom he dated since 1957. However, Anita Wood’s relationship with Elvis Presley ended in 1962 when Anita suspected him of having an affair with a teenager.
So, according to Elvis’s biographer Pepper Ritter, Elvis didn’t think about their age gap or that Priscilla was too young and continued his relationship with her afterward.
3. At what age Priscilla went to live with Elvis Presley?
In 1963, Elvis Presley wanted 17-year-old Priscilla to go to Memphis. He asked her to move in with him so they could pursue the relationship together, and even though the teen was more than willing to take that big step, her parents had serious reservations about it. Still, the King of Rock and Roll eventually convinced the parents to agree with the said idea.
But only when he promised to avail their underage daughter of a first-class education and full financial support if she moves in with Elvis. They also enforced him to agree to some conditions:
- Priscilla will attend an all-girls Catholic high school to finish her studies.
- She moves in with Elvis’s parents, Vernon and Dee, until one day Elvis marries her.
They ignored many of the rules, and although Priscilla was constantly seen hanging out with him at Graceland, Priscilla moved in with him permanently at the end of her senior year at high school.
4. When did Elvis and Priscilla get married?
After eight years of dating, Elvis Presley married Priscilla in May 1967 at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, in front of only 14 guests, which includes her parents and younger sister, Michelle. Elvis proposed to Priscilla when she was 22 years old and he was 32.
5. When did Elvis and Priscilla get divorced?
Elvis and Priscilla get divorced on 23rd February 1972, after Priscilla had another relationship with her karate instructor. The separation was finalized on October 9, 1973.
6. How many children did Elvis and Priscilla have?
Elvis and Priscilla gave birth to their first and only child, Lisa Marie Presley, on 1st February 1968, nine months after their marriage. Their only daughter was born at 5:01 PM at Memphis Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. However, after her parents divorced in October 1973, Lisa soon began living with her mother.
The age difference between Elvis and Priscilla was 10 years. In 1959, they met in West Germany, where Priscilla was living with her family and Elvis was posted in the US Army. Priscilla was 14 years old and Elvis was 24.