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Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:27 AM

Full Name: Ann-Margret Olsson Smith
http://elviswomen.greggers.net/images/amautogr.jpgBorn: April 28, 1941, in Stockholm,http://elviswomen.greggers.net/images/amvlv001.jpg Sweden.
Husband(s): Roger Smith (1967-present)

Born in Sweden but adopted by America, she is the consummate entertainer. One of the world's most glamorous and versatile superstars, she has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, won five Golden Globe Awards, and received five Emmy nominations. She draws sell-out crowds in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Radio City Music Hall and is a three-time winner of the "Female Star of the Year" award given by the United Motion Picture Association.


Of all Elvis' leading ladies, Ann-Margret will always be Number One. Not because she was the sexiest, or the best actress (although she certainly qualifies on both counts!), or because "Viva Las Vegas" was that great of a film (but for an Elvis film, it's pretty good!), but because the on-screen chemistry between them was NOT ACTING. It's probably why Viva Las Vegas is still one of the best-remembered of both Elvis' and AM's films. Watching the film today, what comes across is two talented stars at the peak of their confidence, enjoying each other's company, and having fun! And that's pretty much what was happening off-screen, too! But don't just take my word for it; get it straight from the source ("Ann-Margret: My Story"). Needless to say, when people think of actresses in Elvis films, Ann-Margret is almost always the first to come to mind. http://elviswomen.greggers.net/images/am001.jpg
Although born in Stockholm, Ann-Margret Olsson was raised in the town of Valsjobyn, Sweden, a small mountain village. At the age of five, she and her mother joined her father in America. Growing up near Chicago, she was performing in a group by age 16, and at 19 was discovered by George Burns in Las Vegas. She appeared on "The Jack Benny Show", and was soon in the movies with "Pocketful of Miracles". Her first important role came in 1963 with "Bye, Bye Birdie", a musical about a rock star who is drafted into the army (hmmm...). "Viva Las Vegas" immediately followed. As Rusty Martin, Ann-Margret sang "My Rival", "Appreciation", and duetted with Elvis on "The Lady Loves Me". The duet "You're The Boss" was recorded for the film but not used. Since Ann-Margret was on the same record label as Elvis at the time (RCA Victor), it's surprising that there was no soundtrack album released including both artists. (Elvis only did this once: see Nancy Sinatra). However, nowadays, you can get the "Viva Las Vegas" soundtrack on CD, which includes both the duets.


According to AM's autobiography, she and Elvis hit it off almost immediately when they first met. They had a lot in common, both in their public images, and their private personalities. In fact, the very contrast between "wild in public" and "shy in person" was one of their most notable similarities. They shared a deep belief in God. They were both very close to their families. For both stars, their fame came overwhelmingly fast, and a tight-knit family was both a comfort and a safety net. Oh, yeah, and they both kind of liked music a little bit, too!

Although the British press reported them engaged, AM and Elvis soon went their separate ways. They remained friends afterwards, attending each other's concerts in Vegas, whenever they were in town. (Ann-Margret and her husband Roger Smith were among the very few celebrities who attended Elvis' funeral.) In 1971, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for "Carnal Knowledge", and in 1975 for Best Actress for "Tommy". Between theatrical films, TV movies, and her night club act, AM has kept herself quite busy. Among her most recent successes was the lead role in the Lifetime Channel movie, Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story, a role as Cinderella in the fantasy mini-series 10th Kingdom, as well as an appearance in the film, Any Given Sunday, a notable guest role on the popular TV series Touched By An Angel, and an appearance with friend Burt Reynolds in The Final Hit. She also has just finished touring in the musical "The Best Little *****house in Texas", which is her first stage role!


Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:28 AM
Dolores Hart

Loving You, 1957
King Creole, 1958
Born: October 20, 1938, in Chicago IL
Real Name: Dolores Hicks


Dolores Hart starred opposite Elvis in Loving You and King Creole, two of his early films from the '50's. In both films, Dolores played essentially the same role, that of the girl who's sweet and innocent, but (especially in King Creole) somewhat wise to the ways of the world. In their first scene together in that film, Elvis is singing in a drug store to distract the crowd while his pals do some hefty shoplifting. After finishing his song, he saddles up to the soda counter to flirt with Dolores, and collect a compliment or two, but she just flips him a casual, "You're in on it, aren't you", establishing right off that Dolores ain't no dummy! In real life she was pretty perceptive too! About her famous co-star she said, "Elvis is a young man with an enormous capacity of love... but I don't think he has found his happiness. I think he is terribly lonely". In the middle of filming King Creole, in February, Dolores threw a surprise birthday party for Jan Shepard, who played Elvis' sister Mimi in the film. Elvis brought Jan a movie camera as a gift, and some of the amateur footage can be seen in the film, This Is Elvis. Dolores can be seen playing the clarinet, while Elvis is playing the piano.


Her biggest break came in 1961 with Where the Boys Are, in which four college girls get away from the cold and spend spring break in Fort Lauderdale. Hey! Didn't Elvis use this plot in Girl Happy? That same year, Dolores made Francis of Assisi, in which our lady joins up with a monk to found her own order. A bit of foreshadowing, perhaps. She had reached a point where she was beginning to long for more than Hollywood could provide. She told Look magazine, "Before I was twenty, I learned that being in movies didn't bring me the ultimate joy I expected." In 1963, after finishing Come Fly With Me, Dolores entered a convent, and in 1970, took her final vows to become a nun. Today, she's Mother Dolores at the Convent of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem Connecticut.
Dolores appeared for an interview segment on 20/20, this last Friday night, 3/23/01, and it was VERY detailed! Mother Dolores talked about her life, and the painful decision to join the convent. Also interviewed was Don Robinson, her fiance at the time of her decision. Would you believe that he has never married, and remains a close friend to Mother Dolores to this day? It was an incredible story, and it was great to see such a well done interview with Mother Dolores!


Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:28 AM
Hope Lange

Wild In The Country, 1961
Real Name: Hope Elise Ross Lange
Born: November 28, 1933 in Redding Ridge, Connecticut, USA
Husbands: Don Murray (1956-1961)
Alan Pakula (1963-1971)
Charles Hollerith, Jr. (1986-2003)


Although Hope Lange's film career didn't reach the heights that her talent seemed to promise, she had a successful, varied career, both in film and on the stage. Having spent 12 years on Broadway, she was already a veteran when she made her film debut alongside Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray in Bus Stop. As the shy Elma, she sits next to Cherie (Marilyn) on the bus and listens to her go on about Beau (Don) and "all that lovin' stuff!" However, off-screen, it was Don and Hope that got together. Their marriage lasted five years, but they remained friends, and later in the 70's, performed together in the two-character play, Same Time Next Year. In Bus Stop, Marilyn Monroe finally got the serious attention as an actress that she had wanted, and with all the attention the film received, Hope Lange couldn't ask for a better film debut.

Although Hope Lange's film career didn't reach the heights that her talent seemed to promise, she had a successful, varied career, both in film and on the stage. Having spent 12 years on Broadway, she was already a veteran when she made her film debut alongside Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray in Bus Stop. As the shy Elma, she sits next to Cherie (Marilyn) on the bus and listens to her go on about Beau (Don) and "all that lovin' stuff!" However, off-screen, it was Don and Hope that got together. Their marriage lasted five years, but they remained friends, and later in the 70's, performed together in the two-character play, Same Time Next Year. In Bus Stop, Marilyn Monroe finally got the serious attention as an actress that she had wanted, and with all the attention the film received, Hope Lange couldn't ask for a better film debut.


Unfortunately, her follow-up to Bus Stop was The True Story of Jessie James, with Robert Wagner and Jeffrey Hunter. In Hope's own words, it's a "turkey"! Luckily, her next assignment was a film that she'll probably always be identified with, the long-awaited film version of the steamy soap-opera novel, Peyton Place. In the role of Selena, the daughter with the dark secret (hey, waitaminnit, everyone in Peyton Place had a dark secret!), Hope earned an Oscar nomination! Although by today's standards, it's tame stuff, Peyton Place was hot stuff in 1957, and was so shocking and sinful that of course everyone wanted more! By the mid-1960's, all three TV networks were running soap operas during the day, and housewives (and house-hubbies) have never been the same since! Hope's favorite role was as Catherine Becker in The Best Of Everything. She's the girl who works her way up from the bottom of the steno pool, fighting Joan Crawford all the way!


Hope played Irene Sperry, the psychiatrist who councels Glenn Tyler (Elvis) in Wild In The Country, an Elvis-version of Peyton Place, probably the only soap-opera Elvis ever made. (OK, Change Of Habit comes close!) After his success in Flaming Star, Elvis was ready to try another dramatic acting role. Unfortunately, his performance in Wild In The Country varies from really good to really bland. Still a curiosity, though. And there's no doubt that Hope and the other talent surrounding him (including Millie Perkins and Tuesday Weld) inspired him to turn in a very good performance! However, you gotta see the "drunk Elvis" scene, where he and Tuesday get plowed on Uncle Ralph's tonic, and turn the garden hose on Hope's house: "Mizz Sperry-erry-erry-oh!!"


Hope won an Emmy award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in the TV series "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir". Adapted from a 1947 film starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney, the series featured Hope as Mrs. Muir and Edward Mulhare as the ghost of Captain Gregg. Along for the ride was Charles Nelson Reilly (so, THAT's what he did before Match Game!) Unfortunately, the series didn't last very long!


remember Hope mainly from her next TV role, the wife of Dick Van Dyke in his second series, "The New Dick Van Dyke Show". While not as wildly popular as the first Dick Van Dyke series, it was still good enough to stay around from 1971 through 1974, and definitely had some funny moments!

with Dick Van Dyke

Sadly, Hope passed away on December 19th, 2003, at age 70. But she is fondly remembered as an intelligent, strong, talented actress who should've been a much bigger star!


Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:28 AM
Shelley Fabares

Girl Happy, 1965
Spinout, 1966
Clambake, 1967


As you can see above, I got my autographed photo! (Thanks Shelley!!) Sure brightens up the place, don't it!?

Elvis once cited Shelley Fabares as his favorite actress of those he had worked with. They must have hit it off pretty well during the filming of Girl Happy, since she was eventually asked to take the lead in two more Elvis films. In the 60's, Shelley was known to most audiences as the daughter on "The Donna Reed Show". She had appeared by this time in Ride the Wild Surf with Fabian and Barbara Eden, and had a number one record with "Johnny Angel" in 1962 (She was knocked out of this position by Elvis' "Good Luck Charm").

Her first appearance with Elvis was in Girl Happy, quite possibly the quintessential Elvis movie. There's college kids, there's a beach, there's loads of silly songs, and of course there's Shelley! Our fair lady plays the daughter of mobster Big Frank, and Elvis and his band are shanghai-ed into following her down to Fort Lauderdale to keep an eye on her! Again, Elvis with a thankless job that's just got to be done! Along the way, he does the Clam, he does a scene in drag, sings "Puppet On a String" to Shelley more often than he probably should, and he stands up Mary Ann Mobley more times than anybody ever should! But, hey, it's an Elvis movie!


Shelley's third and final Elvis outing was the astounding Clambake, a film that is absolutely unforgettable, no matter how much you drink! Especially that wierd psychodelic playground scene where Elvis sings "Confidence", a blatant ripoff of Sinatra's "High Hopes", and the party scene where Elvis sings "Clambake" although the party isn't really a clambake, and there aren't any clams to be seen for miles around! Anyway, the basic idea is that Elvis is super-rich and must prove to himself that he is worthy by forsaking his riches and making it on his own (also see Laurel Goodwin in Girls! Girls! Girls!). He does this by (1)being super-smart and inventing GOOP, a super-substance that super-protects the outer layer of a boat hull, and allows Elvis to "win that race", and (2)by wooing Shelley away from super-rich playboy Bill Bixby, relying only on his super-smarts, super-good-looks, super-singing, super-karate, super-nice-guy-ness, but without benefit of any of those millions of dollars so therefore he's proved... something, I'm sure, but I can't figure it out! Hey, waitaminnit! Maybe "Clambake" is a pun on money and stuff! You know? "Clam", money, get it? Hey, we may be onto something!! But... maybe not. Anyway, Shelley looks terrific in this flick, so it's not a complete waste!


Shelley escaped Clambake fairly unscathed and went on to appear on television in the series "The Brian Keith Show", "The Practice", and most recently, "Coach", for which she has been nominated twice for an Emmy.

Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:29 AM
Yvonne Craig
It Happened At The World's Fair, 1963
Kissin' Cousins, 1964

http://elviswomen.greggers.net/images/craig062.jpgBorn: May 16, 1937, in Taylorville, Illinois
Husband(s): Jimmy Boyd (? - ?); Ken Aldrich (1989 - present)http://elviswomen.greggers.net/images/craig029.jpg

Yvonne is one of my favorites of Elvis' co-stars. Maybe it's her hips -- http://memphis-mafia.info/forum/Smileys/default/smiley.gif --, or maybe it's because the first "Elvis book" I read was the biography by Jerry Hopkins (one of the first & best!, but unfortunately out of print, currently) where Yvonne is quoted quite extensively about the time she spent filming with Elvis. She talked about Elvis' strange moods around that time, and figured it was because he was paranoid about wearing the blonde wig for the part of Jody in "Kissin' Cousins". (Looking back now, it could have been a lot of things. "Kissin' Cousins" was filmed under a much tighter schedule than Elvis was used to, in under two-and-a-half weeks. Playing a dual role might've brought to mind thoughts of twin-brother Jesse Garon --oooh, let's get Freudian!--. Then, there's "the Ann-Margret thing", since that would've been around the same time, but that's just Greggers' a-speculatin'.)
Yvonne is probably most famous as "Batgirl" in the Batman series, but she has had a varied assortment of roles, both in films and on TV. The links below are mainly Batgirl stuff or Star Trek stuff (she was that "green chick" you've heard so much about). Sorry Trekkies, but I'll always think of her as Azalea Tatum ("It ain't their fault, cap'm...it's them dang Kittyhawks!").

Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:29 AM
Suzanna Leigh
Paradise, Hawaiian Style, 1966
Real Name: Sandra Elieen Anne Smith
Born: July 26, 1945 in Cavisham, Berkshire, England.http://elviswomen.greggers.net/images/leigh01.jpg

Suzanna was born in Berkshire England, but, in her own words, "My family had two homes at the time: No 128 Mount Street, Mayfair and a large country farmhouse at Cavisham called "The Lodge". My father was one of that rarest of breeds, a successful gambler. He was co-owner of an English Derby winner Never Say Die.". At the age of 13, Suzanna made her film debut as an extra in 1958's tom thumb, appearing in the "Dancing Shoes" scene. She also made a small appearance in Oscar Wilde (1960) with Robert Morley. In 1965, producer Hal Wallis caught sight of newspaper photos of Suzanna in a sedan chair, dressed up as Madame Du Barry for a costume ball in London, and signed her to a contract. Her first film for Hollywood was Boeing Boeing with Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. http://elviswomen.greggers.net/images/leigh2s.jpg

Being an Elvis fan, Suzanna was thrilled to work on her next film, Paradise, Hawaiian Style. As Judy Hudson, Suzanna plays Elvis' assistant, and, going along with advice from James Shigeta, pretends to be married to ward off Elvis' romantic advances. Whether or not that tactic actually does any good...well, you'll just have to watch, won't ya? Along the way, you get to see some great Hawaiian scenery, and hear some pretty silly songs! http://elviswomen.greggers.net/images/epleigh05s.jpg


Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:29 AM
Dixie Locke Emmons


Dixie Locke Emmons was dating Elvis Presley in 1954, but her favorite singers at the time were Perry Como, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee.

People ask, 'Didn't you like rock and roll,' but there was no rock and roll at the time," says Emmons, one of the few remaining friends who knew Elvis just before and just after he spun the world off its music axis.

Elvis would have been 69 this year. His Jan. 8 birthday begins a yearlong 50th anniversary celebration by Elvis Presley Enterprises of his first record, "That's All Right," which many consider the big bang of rock and roll.

The week also is the kickoff for a yearlong Memphis and national celebration of the 50th anniversary of rock and roll, the one hometown commodity better known than barbecue.

Elvis had been drawn to Emmons's church, First Assembly of God, because of his love of gospel music and the Blackwood Brothers quartet, which sang at the church. It was there that Presley and Emmons met.

"I thought he was the most gorgeous thing I'd ever seen. He was a very shy person, but when he started singing he put so much into putting the music across that he kind of lost himself. He threw himself into it completely," she says.

Soon after they started dating in January 1954, he was driving a delivery truck and doing odd jobs for Crown Electric Co. and studying at night to be an electrician. Six months later, on July 5, 1954, Elvis recorded a speeded-up version of the Arthur Crudup blues tune "That's All Right." With guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, the trio came up with a driving beat and a rollicking approach that turned the song into something feral and fresh.

Emmons had been out of town with her parents when disc jockey Dewey Phillips first aired the song on WHBQ Radio. She knew Elvis had been recording at Sun Records. "I knew what was going on, but neither he nor I had any idea of the magnitude of it. I got a telegram from him saying, 'They're playing my records on the radio.' He was ecstatic over it. It was almost like disbelief that the disc jockeys would even play it," says Emmons, 65, now executive secretary of the church.

George Klein, a former classmate of Elvis's at Humes High School, was working that summer as a disc jockey at station KOSE in Osceola, Ark. Klein says he returned to Memphis from the summer job and stopped by WHBQ to visit Phillips, who had first played the song the night before. Requests were so heavy he played the song seven times, says Klein, who took a copy back to Arkansas, introducing it to his listeners with stories about Elvis and how he had won the talent contest at Humes High School.

Klein said Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, who had engineered the "That's All Right" recording, had a hard time at first getting it on the air in most markets. "It was so different - a white guy singing a rhythm and blues song. It was the beginning. A lot of guys were apprehensive to play it. The black stations wouldn't play him because he was white, and the white stations wouldn't play him because he sounded black. Sam had to talk to friends and pull in favors. He'd go to every little radio station in Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee to get it played."

Klein says the song changed the Elvis he had known. "He started changing immediately. He went from a low-profile shy guy to a guy who was now out there with a record and doing some shows, a little more polished, more sure of himself. It really was a pleasant surprise, and he was ready for it. He had prepared. He had studied other singers and how they acted on stage."

The song didn't mean big money at first. Klein says Elvis, Moore and Black "were probably getting $75 a night and splitting it three ways. For guys from Lauderdale Courts (public housing) that was pretty good, but it wasn't like having a million records sold."

Moore said in 2000 they spent two years "paying our dues" from 1954 to 1956 when Elvis recorded "Heartbreak Hotel," the song that hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart, No. 1 on the country charts and No. 5 on the R&B charts. They never felt unappreciated or worried they would wind up as a low-rent lounge act. "Things increased very gradual, but, fortunately, they did increase from day one. Bill and I felt he (Elvis) would be big. The bigness just came faster than we thought it would."

Red West, a Humes classmate a year behind Elvis, says he was at the school when he first learned of Elvis's record release. "He pulled up in this little green car and asked me if I'd go on the road with him."

West, an actor and acting coach, says Elvis was one of the few performers who never seemed to have stage fright. "It's like he couldn't wait to get out there even in the early days, and he always knew the lyrics. It's like in the movies later. Elvis always knew his lines. I don't remember him ever flubbing a line in a movie."

Like Klein, West says Elvis quickly changed from the shy boy he had known. "There was a big difference. As soon as this happened he came out of the shell. He wasn't a bit shy anymore."

Emmons says she dated Elvis for about two more years during which he played small concerts and clubs. "I don't think there was a whole lot of money involved in it. In the first weeks and months it was more like hometown boy makes good.

"He was still just totally innocent and spontaneous. There wasn't a proud or conceited bone in his body."

At Graceland, spokesman Todd Morgan says Elvis was also generous, always giving credit to singers whose songs he covered. In 1956, he paid homage to Arthur Crudup for the song destined to be what Morgan calls the "depth charge that set off the explosion." Elvis told the Charlotte Observer: "I used to hear Arthur Crudup bang his box the way I do now, and I said, 'If I ever get to the point where I could feel all old Arthur felt I'd be a music man like nobody ever saw."

That was the very destiny that awaited when Elvis attended the junior and senior proms with Dixie Locke Emmons in 1954 and 1955 at South Side High School. Afterward, they slowly drifted apart. "It was kind of a mutual thing. His career was going in one direction, and I didn't feel that I could be a part of it. His career kind of consumed him there, and there wasn't much time for anything else."

Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:29 AM
Mary Tyler Moore


Born: December 29, 1936, in Brooklyn, NY.
Husbands: Dick Meeker (1956 - 1961?)
Grant Tinker (1962 - 1981)
Dr. S. Robert Levine (1982? - present)
Mailing Address: MTM Enterprises, 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

Change Of Habit was an unusual film, to say the least. (Elvis as a doctor, Mary as a nun ?!) It was Elvis' last screen role, and, for Mary it was a rest stop between two Emmy-award-winning TV series.
Mary's first TV appearance was in 1955 as the pixie "Happy Hotpoint" that dances on top of the Hotpoint stove for the TV commercial, shown during the Ozzie And Harriet Show. After a brief stint as the unseen (except for her legs!) secretary on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, she got her big break as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 - 1966). Laura was quite possibly the very first TV-sitcom-wife to have truly funny lines, not to mention a personality (OK, except maybe Alice on The Honeymooners) and Mary played it to the hilt. While neither one was a "comedian", both MTM and DVD (doncha love acronyms?) were excellent comic actors, and that, along with Carl Reiner's writing, made the show! Unlike many of the forgettable series of the time, this one stands the test of time, and can still crack you up.


After the series ended, Mary tried her hand at a couple of films. She made Thoroughly Modern Millie, with Julie Andrews, and a true journey into wierdness called What's So Bad About Feeling Good, with George Peppard (it's VERY sixties!) Then she played Sister Michelle in Change Of Habit. At the end of the film, Mary's character has to choose between Elvis and the church, and the film leaves it unanswered. The camera bounces back and forth between Elvis and Jesus. Rock music critic Dave Marsh saw lots of deep symbolism in this scene (as Dave tends to do about everything, God love him), and goes on about it in his book, Elvis.
As we all know, Mary changed out of her habit and into a long-running relationship with Mr. Grant. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970 - 1977) is still considered one of the best sit-coms ever. It didn't hurt that it featured as its central character a woman trying to make it on her own without a man in her life (and succeeding!). The timing was perfect. But it also didn't hurt that the star was Mary Tyler Moore! She was already identifiable from the earlier show as a woman with a personality all her own, and it was very easy to except "Mary Richards" as a single version of "Laura Petrie". But it was soon clear that it wasn't necessary to depend on that for an audience. MTM had a hit on her hands, and a very influencial series, with some classic characters and some very funny moments! The series ended while it was still high in the ratings.
Mary has since pursued many other avenues, including some decent films. In 1980, Mary received an Oscar nomination for her performance in Robert Redford's Ordinary People. The role she played was not at all sympathetic; the audience is rooting for everyone BUT her, it seems! But this only made her performance that much more enjoyable! Not bad for a Brooklyn girl who started out dancing across a stove!


Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:30 AM
Cybill Shepherd


The actress wishes she had done more to help the late music legend as his life descended into binge eating and depression before his untimely death at the age of 42.

She said: I dont feel him in a way that I feel I have to call ghostbusters, but Ive been haunted by Elvis in the sense that when I knew him, he was very sweet but also seriously into drugs.

Cybill dated Elvis in the early 70s but was unable to cope with his self-destructive tendencies and eventually left him for film director Peter Bogdanovich.

She added to TV Guide magazine: Ive been haunted by wishing he could have lived longer because Im from Memphis and Ive had the fame thing, too. Maybe I could have helped him.

Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:30 AM
Annette Day
Double Trouble, 1967
Born: November 4, 1947, England


Annette Day is a tough one to write about. Her entire film career consists of her single appearance with Elvis in Double Trouble. That's it. One film. She played Jill Conway, the rich heiress that follows Elvis around Europe (not the real Europe, of course, the cardboard Europe, the one in Hollywood.) It's otherwise a pretty typical Elvis film, complete with lines like, "I think I just sat on the tea service." Elvis just about pulls off a sort-of-classic performance of "Long-Legged Girl With The Short Dress On", but then he turns around and does something like "Old MacDonald Had A Farm".
At which point, Annette called it a Day... (groan)

I got an email from a fan (thanks Richard!) who assures me that Annette is alive and well and living in Telford, West Midlands, England. Annette made an appearance there at the Elvis Dance Party on August 5th, 2000.

Teenager who became Elvis film star


The only English actress to co-star in a film with Elvis Presley has spoken exclusively to the BBC on the 25th anniversary of his death.
Annette Day, of Telford, Shropshire, was 17 when she starred opposite Elvis in the 1966 film Double Take.

Mrs Day was working on a market stall at Portobello Road in London when she was spotted by an American producer and flown to the Hollywood to star in the movie.

During the filming Elvis bought her a white Mustang car.


Mrs Day played Jill Conway, a rich heiress who follows Elvis around Europe in the film - which was shot in Hollywood.

It was the only film that Mrs Day made, but she has fond memories of the movie.

She recalls when the US producer offered her the chance to go to Hollywood.

"You either take your chance or you don't. I thought, yes, I am going to do that," she told the BBC.

Mrs Day had no acting experience apart from taking part in plays at school and so was nervous on the first day of filming.


Elvis helped Annette Day with her acting

"I thought 'My goodness, what have I let myself in for here', but he (Elvis) had tremendous patience with me," she said.

"He very kindly took me through it. He said 'It's no problem, just take it easy'."

One day Elvis told her to close her eyes and then presented her with a white Mustang.

"He said 'You must not look.'

"I said 'OK' and I trundled around.

"He said: 'OK, you can look now.'

"And I said: 'Yeah.' He said 'It's yours' and he handed me the keys," she said.

Mrs Day, who likes to remain out of the limelight, now works for a safe-making firm and is married with two children.

Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:31 AM
Joan Blackman


In 1961, the Elvis Presley movie Blue Hawaii was filmed on the grounds of the Coco Palms, ushering the hotel into immortality. Even today there is an incredible volume of "Blue Hawaii" memorabilia showcasing the Coco Palms being collected and traded, from photos to albums to postcards.

As Maile she looked beautiful in Elvis' arms against the Hawaiian sunset... Since then, Joan has matured into the movie star from hell... In 1961 Joan Blackman starred as Maile Duvall opposite Elvis in one of his most successful films, Blue Hawaii. Not only did the film set the formula for Elvis' films, but it's probably started the "beach movie" trend started. Then in 1962 Joan again joined forces with Elvis in Kid Galahad a remake of the Humphrey Bogart classic. Joan plays the sister of Elvis' boss (played by Gig Young), who disapproves of Elvis dating her. Another interesting co-star in Kid Galahad is a very young Charles Bronson who plays Elvis' boxing coach! After the two Elvis outings, Joan made a few TV appearances, and a couple of films (notably the cult classic Macon County Line with Max "Jethro of Beverly Hillbillies" Baer!). In 1985, Joan appeared in Ray Davies' mini-rock-opera, Return To Waterloo, in which the Kinks' lead singer-songwriter takes us on a very strange trip indeed! After that, Joan is pretty scarce! Since then Joan has written a book (of sorts) and was in Memphis during Elvis Week for a book signing at the Peabody Hotel... Since my busy schedule could not accommodated my interview with Joan Blackman, upon my return I asked Rockin Robin to furnish me with the details... and much to my surprise here is the mouth full I received in return!
Dear Lea, As far as Joan Blackman is concerned, I have washed my hands of dealing with her and promoting her after what she did to me in Memphis and how rude she was to others while there! Not only did I give up my entire Elvis Week to shuttle her about driving here and there (341 miles) but she stiffed me for my backstage pass to the after concert party at The Pyramid. Joan dumped me at the concert when she took the backstage pass meant for her the man she shagged that night and I never heard from her again. Patsy Andersen asked later what happened to Joan as no one saw her again.
http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/668/jb007fh3.jpgAt her book signing she barked orders at me to pass out her flyers on her books, than accused me of taking some of her book money and yelled and *****ed me out in the lobby of The Peabody Hotel in front of friends and fans. (Her self made little books are just excerpts from her autobiography in progress and certainly not worth the $25.00 a piece that she is charging as she prints these up herself for next to nothing.)
Joan's antics have become gossip fodder all over Memphis from what Bill Burk emailed me. On the night of August 15, Joan, walked out Candlelight Vigil where she was to be a guest but never showed up! Again Joan was invited to Pasty Anderson's Presidents Fan Club Event at Libertyland. Sad as EPE had paid all of her expenses to come out via the train, paid her out of pockets expense and the $900.00 a day suite she had at The Peabody. In today's mail she returned a beautiful vase that I had given her a few months back and it was wrapped in an empty used cat litter bag and stuffed inside a Beer Bottle box, no note or anything.
So I am not only hurt by her actions where compared to someone like Deborah Wally who had class. I will not help her make money off the Elvis fans when she complains about them and having to sign autographs for "free". http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/9936/jb005gi7.jpg
Hi ElvisPresleyNews.com.... I was checking out your Elvis website and came across your page on Joan Blackman. I am sorry that "Rockin' Robin" seems to have had a less-than-stellar interaction with Joan (and I have no idea how long ago that was written), but I for one can tell you my impression of her couldn't be more opposite. I met her recently (in fact, I just had dinner with her at a mutual friend's house this evening) and she was most gracious and very charming. She wasn't the least bit arrogant or any thing remotely like that. She really seems to me to be a genuinely kind and humble person. http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/340/jb008ix0.jpg
She didn't mind at all when I asked questions about her acting and singing career as well as her relationships with Elvis and Sinatra - she spoke fondly and humbly about that time of her life. It really surprises me that someone could have such a negative impression of her. Just thought you might like to hear from someone with another perspective.

Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:31 AM
Donna Douglas


Donna Douglas is best known for her role as Ellie Mae Clampett on the '60's TV series, The Beverly Hillbillies, and she was tailor-made for the role. Raised on her grandparents farm in Louisiana, her only companions were her cousins (all boys) and the "critters". It wasn't much of a stretch to play Ellie Mae, who seemed to have two or three wild animals running around the mansion in every episode (I'm not counting Jethro). Donna moved to the outskirts of Baton Rouge while still a "young-un", and at the tender age of 17, headed for New York. She entered a beauty contest sponsored by the local newspaper industry called "Miss Byline" (!), and she won! This led to her appearance on Ed Sullivan's show, and a screen test. Hal Wallis apparently liked it, and signed her up. http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/1959/fj002tj4.jpg

She made a few appearances on TV shows in the 50's and early 60's, including Dragnet and The Twilight Zone (the episode "Eye of the Beholder" is a classic!). This led to The Beverly Hillbillies, which was a huge success, and kept her busy for nine years! She made surprisingly few films, however. http://img119.imageshack.us/img119/1279/ddoug013cu1.jpg
In 1965, she and Elvis began filming Frankie And Johnny, based on the story of the folk-song. In this case, Elvis abandons all pretense of rock n roll (well, ok, so he abandons it even more than usual!), and attempts to make a standard Hollywood musical in the old tradition, which makes for some wierd moments, like "Look Out Broadway", "Chesay" and "Petunia, the Gardener's Daughter". Although the different versions of the title song throughout the film are pretty interesting, and of course there's the unabashedly-chauvinistic "What Every Woman Lives For". Although Donna's a fine singer in her own right, for some reason her singing in the film was dubbed by Eileen Wilson.

Unchained Melody
10-08-2008, 06:31 AM
Danielle Riley Keough


Danielle Riley Keough (born May 29, 1989), known as Riley Keough, is a model, the daughter of singer/songwriter Lisa Marie Presley and musician/actor Danny Keough, and the oldest grandchild of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley.[1]


Riley Keough began her modeling career at just the age of 12, when she landed a job for Tommy Hilfiger, and has been making her own money since. In February, 2004 she made her modeling runway debut for designers Dolce & Gabbana in Milan turning her in to a super model at just 14. By the age of 15, Riley was signed to IMG Models in Paris, and had already been the face of David Yurman with Kate Moss and Amber Valletta. She later became the face of Dior, which lasted three years. Riley made a commercial for one of Dior's perfume, Miss Dior Cherie. Riley has appeared on the cover of Vogue with her mother and grandmother. Riley has also been on the cover of many magazines like Korean Vogue, Elle UK, French Elle, Japanese Elle, Itallian Vogue, L'Official, Jalouse, Telva and many more. Riley is also signed to Elite Model Management in New York City, and Storm Model Management in London.


Recently, Riley appeared with her mother on The Oprah Winfrey Show where she stated that she would like to be a photographer. In a recent interview, Riley made clear that she will not be following in her family in a music career when she said, "Music is my favorite thing in the world, I grew up completely around it and I think it's one of the most important things to me but at this point I can't see myself doing that professionally. Luckily, for the most part I don't feel pressured".


She was raised as a Scientologist, attending the scientology-based Clearwater Academy as a child[citation needed], and has been dating Ryan Cabrera since July 2006


10-08-2008, 03:32 PM
That sure was one long list! :lmfao: Enjoyed reading this Brad, thanks for sharing :D

10-08-2008, 03:43 PM
Enjoyed that immensely...well,at least I did...until I saw HER....Cybill Shepard.....Ooooh Why??.......I`m glad I saw it before I had my dinner!:doh::doh::):)

10-08-2008, 03:59 PM
quite a list of girls.. thanks for posting..

where is ginger and linda??

10-17-2008, 04:45 PM
Live a little,Love a little(1968)
Michele Carey was born in Annapolis,Maryland on 26 February 1943.
Michele Carey was a child prodigy at the piano and later a top Powers model before turning to acting in 1967. Touted as a discovery of Howard Hawks, she was cast in the principal female lead in Hawks' El Dorado, where she took a back seat to the macho antics of John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. She was a bit more noticeable as Elvis Presley's vis--vis in Live a Little, Love a Little (1968) and as an anachronistically miniskirted Indian girl in Frank Sinatra's Dirty Dingus Magee (1970). Fading from view in the early '70s, Michele Carey staged a brief comeback in the mid-'80s in such films as In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro (1986). She also appeared as Crystal in a 1982 episode of the television series The Fall Guy.

10-17-2008, 04:53 PM
Ginger was Elvis's last girlfriend. She was asleep in his bed when he died. She, in fact, found his lifeless body.

She was barely in her twenties at the time.

In Elvis's final television special, ELVIS IN CONCERT, which the estate has chosen not to release on video because Elvis looks so close to death, he introduces Ginger from the stage.

Like her predecessor Linda Thompson, Ginger was a local Memphis beauty queen. Unlike Linda, she looked a lot like Elvis-era Priscilla with her miles of dark hair and exagerated eye makeup.

Ginger was one of the witnesses of Elvis's Last Will & Testament. He left her nothing.

10-17-2008, 05:35 PM

How about Anita Wood,... , June Juanico , Sheila Ryan.

10-17-2008, 06:52 PM

How about Anita Wood,... , June Juanico , Sheila Ryan.

I was thinking the same and they were with elvis from the start:hmm:

10-17-2008, 07:48 PM
Mary Tyler Moore was never one of "Elvis' women". Unelss you mean as a co-star. She's repeatedly claimed to have beent he only co-star to have never slept with Elvis. She was married at the time of working with Elvis and wouldn't cheat on her husband not even with Elvis. Her words not mine.

10-17-2008, 08:28 PM
Mary Tyler Moore was never one of "Elvis' women". Unelss you mean as a co-star. She's repeatedly claimed to have beent he only co-star to have never slept with Elvis. She was married at the time of working with Elvis and wouldn't cheat on her husband not even with Elvis. Her words not mine.

Mary, what were you thinking??? :lmfao::lmfao:

10-17-2008, 10:02 PM
Mary Tyler Moore was never one of "Elvis' women". Unelss you mean as a co-star. She's repeatedly claimed to have beent he only co-star to have never slept with Elvis. She was married at the time of working with Elvis and wouldn't cheat on her husband not even with Elvis. Her words not mine.

now there is a woman with loads of respect for herself and her hubby(y)(y)

10-17-2008, 10:53 PM
now there is a woman with loads of respect for herself and her hubby(y)(y)

I agree, and lots of incredible will power!!!!!!

10-18-2008, 02:47 AM
Wow Brad... seems like u went with the FBI to get the info... :lmfao: :cool: research.

10-18-2008, 10:42 AM
I agree, and lots of incredible will power!!!!!!

or perhaps elvis didn't like to sleep with married women !(y)

10-18-2008, 02:33 PM
It was a combination of both. Mary was a faithful strong woman and Elvis didn't date married woman. Must have been tough for Mary though.:D


10-18-2008, 04:39 PM
A little unknown fact about Miss.Hart.She is the niece of the late great Mario Lanza.Maybe she "ran away" from Hollywood because of the sudden death of her famous uncle? Then it didn't help,when her aunt commited suicide in 1960 after the passing of her famous husband.I have read many "oldies" articles on or about Dolores Hart.To me,she didn't seem too happy in Hollywood.Maybe it was "Too Much,Too Soon" for her there?

10-18-2008, 06:39 PM
I think Dolores Hart was too gentle a soul for the harshness of Hollywood.


10-18-2008, 09:45 PM
I think Dolores Hart was too gentle a soul for the harshness of Hollywood.


I totally agree with you there,Diane.