Complete Lisa Marie Presley Playboy Interview
By: Playboy - July 30, 2003
Lisa Marie Presley inherited her father's eyes, lips and fame.
As the only child born to the King of Rock and Roll and his wife, Priscilla, Lisa Marie was internationally known from the moment of her birth on February 1, 1968, exactly nine months after her parents' wedding night.
Priscilla said Elvis "looked petrified" the first time he held his daughter, but soon he was spoiling her with expensive jewelry, a miniature fur coat and an impromptu jet ride to Utah so she could see snow for the first time.
He gave her everything, Priscilla lamented, a child "shouldn't have and couldn't appreciate."
Elvis had an aversion to making love to a woman who had given birth, so Lisa Marie's arrival caused a sexual estrangement between the singer and his young bride.
Soon, both were having affairs and they divorced five years later.
Though Priscilla took primary responsibility for raising their daughter, Lisa Marie spent lots of time at Graceland, Elvis' Memphis fortress.
She was there when he died on August 16, 1977, after a decline marked by ballooning weight and addiction to prescription medication. When Elvis was found prone on the bathroom floor, she watched as people tried to revive him and asked, "What's wrong with my daddy? Something's wrong with my daddy, and I'm going to find out."
Elvis' death only deepened they mystery surrounding his daughter--People magazine dubbed Lisa Marie "the most carefully secluded of all celebrity children."
During that perioud of seclusion, she went through a drug phase--sedatives, marijuana, cocaine--which she says ended after she embraced Scientology.
When she was 20, she married Danny Keough, an unknown musician.
She was pregnant; they have two children, Danielle Riley, now 14, and Benjamin Storm, 10.
The relationship lasted six years, until she left Keough for Michael Jackson in 1994, marrying him in the Dominican Republic in a ceremony even Priscilla didn't know about.
There was widespread skepticism about any physical union, especially since Jackson had recently faced civil charges of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy.
JACKSON-PRESLEY UNION SPARKS SHOCK, DOUBT, LAUGHS read one headline.
During an interview around the time of their one-year anniversary, Diane Sawyer asked the couple if they had sex.
Lisa Marie responded indignantly, "Yes, yes, yes."
Seven months later she filed for a divorce.
The marriage was "a mistake, everyone knows," her lawyer declared.
After that mistake, she met actor (and longtime Elvis aficionado) Nicolas Cage at a party in 2001.
They started a relationship, broke up, got back together, broke up, got back together and got married in Hawaii.
He filed for divorce 107 days later.
The current question for Presley, 35, is whether she inherited her Daddy's talent.
On her debut album, To Whom It May Concern, she sounds like a pissed off Sheryl Crow, as her southern-fried rock rumbles with accusations, apologies, sarcasm and cursing.
Writer Rob Tannenbaum spent two afternoons with Presley in the Capitol Records office in Hollywood, exploring her past, her new album and her future.