"On June 26, 1979--Colone's seventieth birthday--Vernon died of heart failure at sixty-three.. They buried him in the Meditation Garden, next to Elvis. Then the next year, Grandma died at eighty-six. And they buried her on the other side of Elvis
Right after Elvis died, Priscilla tried to get into acting, and for quite a while, she didn't have mushc success. So a year before Vernon died, she began maneuvering to gain control of the estate.
In early 1978, Priscilla and her sister, Michelle, stopped in to see us in California. They were on their way to the La Costa Spa in San Diego. Id' call Priscilla from time to time and say, "Anytime you need me to do something for you or Lisa, feel free to call me." I did it for Elvis, really. But she would always say, "Oh, thank you. Thank you."
Vernon was still alive, and he was the executor of the estate. And Priscilla sat there and whined to me that Vernon wouldn't name her as his successor. She said she wanted to be sure that Lisa Marie was protected. But that was only half the truth. Priscilla wanted control of the estate for her own sake.
She said, "Marty, what am I going to do? I keep pleading with him, but he won't do it." I said, "Priscilla, you've got to find a way to convince him that you don't want it for any other reason than to look out for Lisa."
Elvis's will said that if Vernon died without naming somebody, the National Bank Of Commerce in Memphis would become the executor and/or trustee. So Priscilla was desperate.
During that visit, she told me her father wanted to buy a liquor store in northern California. And she said she had asked Elvis if he would give her father $100,000.00. I'll never forget this. She said, "Elvis was going to do it, but then he up and died." Just like that. "And there went my father's liquor store because Vernon won't honor what Elvis said he'd do." But that's Little Miss Goody Two-shoes for you.
The fact is, she aced her way into being an executor, even though she wasn't
Elvis's widow and she wasn't
in his will. Elvis had no
intention of Priscilla running the estate."