|we reported that Alanna Nash, Rolling Stone journalist and author of several critically acclaimed books about Elvis, is to be the 'special guest' at this year's Wintersun Festival, being held in Coffs Harbour, NSW in June.
EIN asked Alanna how she felt about coming "downunder". She replied:
"Australian Elvis fans have always been among the most ardent, serious, and well-informed. And so it is with great anticipation that I pack my bag for Down Under! I am honored."For readers of EIN who haven't read any of Alanna's illuminating Elvis books here is an excerpt from Baby, Let's Play House Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him regarding Tuesday Weld, one of Elvis' co-stars in Wild in the Country:
On location, Elvis secluded himself with blond wardrobe girl Nancy Sharp, whom he'd met on Flaming Star, but the Ivy Leaguer was a little too proper for him. He was more interested in Tuesday Weld, who looked a bit like a blond Priscilla. Although known for precocious sex kitten roles, Tuesday was as brilliant as she was volatile.
At her father's early death, she became a child model and the family breadwinner, but it proved to be too much. At nine, she had a nervous breakdown, and she began drinking heavily at ten. Two years later, she tried to commit suicide after falling in love with a homosexual. She was seventeen at the time she filmed Wild in the Country.
Alan Fortas, who had a crush on her, remembered her as being "sweet" to everyone in Elvis's camp. But Joe Esposito recalls her salty language and recklessness..........Tuesday also liked to throw things at people from Elvis's moving car.
Their romance was apparently hot