Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, has been open to the public for the past 40 years. However, to this day, his upstairs private area remains off-limits, just as it was during his lifetime. When the King moved into the mansion in 1957, he had a privacy wall with one-way mirrors installed on the first-floor landing for security and privacy purposes.
Elvis’s inner circle, the Memphis mob, had free rein at Graceland, but the king had to personally invite them if they wanted to venture upstairs. Upstairs was the star’s bedroom, private bath, dressing room and office, plus a dressing room for his girlfriend and his daughter Lisa Marie Presley’s bedroom.
Fans will know that Elvis was very fond of animals, with a statue of his patron saint, Saint Francis of Assisi, located by the waterfall in the Jungle Room. There were horses, chickens, ducks, donkeys, and even a turkey named Bow Tie on the farm. But The King also had several dogs during his 20 years at Graceland.
According to Graceland’s official website: “He had a Basset Hound named Sherlock, Great Danes named Brutus and Snoopy, and Edmund, a Pomeranian that he gave to his Aunt Delta, because the two bonded so quickly. Get Lo, a Chow, was another of Elvis’s dogs. He was once flown to Boston on Elvis’s little Jetstar plane to receive treatment for a kidney ailment. He stayed in Boston for three months while he was treated and then was brought home, where he continued treatment. Sadly, Get Lo didn’t quite make it. Elvis also had dogs that he named Whoosh, Oswald, and Michael Edwards, named after Elvis’s character in It Happened at the World’s Fair.
Now, Danny Smith, the son of The King’s cousin and Memphis mob member Billy Smith, previously shared if his canine friends were allowed upstairs to his private bedroom.
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Today the space is used as a utility room where switch boxes and spare light bulbs are kept. However, what remains authentic from the King’s time are the original dog collars of his prized dogs that hang inside to this day.
The closet is located right next to the Bird Room, where Elvis’s talking myna birds lived. Likewise, that space is now used by Graceland today, storing cleaning equipment and prop barriers for photo shoots in the mansion.
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