Elvis Presley tragically died at his home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977. His girlfriend, Ginger Alden, found him in the room next to their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley’s, bedroom. Meanwhile, miles away in Las Vegas, Elvis’ ex-girlfriend Ann-Margret has learned that something terrible had happened to the Blue Suede Shoes singer.
Elvis and Ann-Margret first met on the set of their 1964 film Viva Las Vegas.
While Elvis had embarked on passionate affairs with many of the women he made movies with, none were quite like the relationship he had with Ann-Margret. The two actors instantly found a connection and became involved in an intense love story that lasted just over a year.
Ann-Margret recalled the heartfelt connection they had in her 1994 memoir, My Story. She explained how they were secretly together while Priscilla Presley stayed at Graceland. Eventually, however, she found out the truth. Elvis broke things off shortly after that.
But, even after their affair ended, their connection remained. Elvis continued to send him flowers over the years, most notably a guitar-shaped bouquet on the morning of every Las Vegas show he played. One day, that stopped.
On August 15, 1977, Ann-Margret noted that she did not receive any gifts from Elvis. She wrote: “No flowers, no telegram, no message. It was weird. I did two shows that night, but not without worrying in the back of my mind that something was wrong, and I had to make a few phone calls the next day.” .”
Eventually, he received the fateful phone call from Elvis’ tour manager, Joe Esposito, who told him the tragic news.
Ann-Margret sadly recalled the loss of Elvis: “I’ll never get over Elvis’s death. He’s a part of me. My happiness and sadness, and that will never go away.”
The Swedish-American star added: “It’s rare to have a friend like Elvis, rare to have a soul mate.”
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Ann-Margret attended Elvis’s funeral at Graceland, which was held two days later on August 18, 1977. She was the only person from his Hollywood days to attend the event.
When she arrived, she hugged the King’s father, Vernon Presley, who told her what Elvis really thought of her.
He said, “I was so proud of you.”
Since then, Ann-Margret has often refused to discuss Elvis. She pointed out that she has not wanted to tarnish his memory in any way.
However, Ann-Margret has been candid about her time in a relationship with the star.
He once gushed, “We both felt a current, an electricity running through us. It would become a force we could not control. Little did we know we shared an inner demon. We were quiet, polite, careful. But I knew what was coming.” once we met. Elvis too.” (sic)
She added: “Her wish was that we could stay together.”
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