On the surface, John and Jackie Kennedy seemed to have the perfect marriage. They were people to aspire to: rich, attractive and parents to three beautiful children. Oh, and, of course, they wielded incredible power as the president and First Lady of the United States of America. But behind the closed doors of the White House, there were some secretive – even sordid – things going on, including, apparently, many illicit extramarital relationships. Yes, Camelot was rife with potential scandal, and here’s why.
20. JFK was allegedly with his mistress when Jackie gave birth
John is said to have had a lot of mistresses… a lot. And when Jackie gave birth to a stillborn child in 1956, he was reportedly away on a yacht with one of these women. But that tragedy alone apparently didn’t compel him to rush to his wife’s side. Allegedly, only the threat of losing public support and all-important votes forced the would-be president to finally return home.
In 2019 Carly Simon, a friend of Jackie’s, seemingly confirmed JFK’s scandalous lack of consideration for his spouse. And while speaking to NBC News, the singer/songwriter claimed that such neglect had cut Jackie more deeply than learning of her husband’s affairs. “I think that some of the things had more effect on her,” Simon said. “For instance, [John] not being there for the birth of a child. For his being off with a mistress while she was in the hospital.”
19. Jackie’s own sister may have slept with JFK
Jackie Kennedy had a younger sister, Caroline “Lee” Radziwill, and the two women were rivals in many ways. According to the 2018 book The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee, there may even have been a big betrayal involved. Allegedly, Lee once had an affair with her own sister’s husband, which is certainly enough to drive a wedge between even the most close-knit families.
It was Gore Vidal, the writer, who first suggested that Lee had slept with John – although, according to the book about the Bouvier sisters, there’s every chance he was telling an untruth. In any case, there’s no doubt Jackie and Lee’s relationship was a fraught one. When Jackie died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1994, she didn’t leave her sibling a single dime in her will.
18. JFK could have been married before Jackie
It’s long been rumored that John was secretly wed to another woman before he wed Jackie. As the story goes, he and a socialite named Durie Malcolm were at a Palm Beach party back in 1947 when they drunkenly decided to tie the knot. Upon learning of this hasty development, however, John’s furious father, Joseph, destroyed all records of the marriage – or so it’s been claimed, anyway.
According to investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh and his 1997 book The Dark Side of Camelot, Richard Cardinal Cushing, a friend of the Kennedy family, quietly arranged for the marriage to be annulled. There are apparently declassified FBI files that prove Jackie was JFK’s second wife, too.
17. Jackie had fears before her wedding
Judging by a letter Jackie sent to Irish priest Joseph Leonard, she wasn’t completely sold on the idea of marrying John. Yes, while she had previously told Leonard about her budding romance, it didn’t take long for her to get cold feet. “He hurt me terribly when he was campaigning and never called up for weeks,” Jackie said of John in one particularly revealing message.
In that same letter, Jackie went on, “I think [John] was as much in love with me as he could be with anyone, and now maybe he will want to get married because a senator needs a wife. But if he ever does ask me to marry him, it will be for rather practical reasons – because his career is this driving thing with him.”
16. Jackie was engaged to someone else for a while
John wasn’t Jackie’s first serious beau. That honor went to a stockbroker named John Husted. The pair even became engaged in 1952, with Jackie writing to Joseph Leonard of her fiancé, “I KNOW I will marry this boy. I don’t have to think and wonder – as I always have before – if they are the right one.” But, of course, he wasn’t.
Yes, while the engagement was announced – in the New York Times, no less – in January 1952, the whole thing was called off in the spring. Jackie wrote to Leonard, “I’m ashamed that we both went into it so quickly and gaily, but I think the suffering it brought us both for a while afterwards was the best thing. We both need something of a shock to make us grow up.”
15. Jackie didn’t want to be a housewife
Although Jackie lived in an era where women were expected to settle down and become housewives once they got married, that wasn’t her style. She was even forging a career for herself at the Washington Times-Herald, where she scooped an interview with Nixon’s eldest daughter Tricia. And Jackie was fairly scathing about the more traditional path laid out for her and her contemporaries.
In 1953 Jackie wrote to Joseph Leonard, “Maybe I’m just dazzled and picture myself in a glittering world of crowned heads and Men of Destiny – and not just a sad little housewife… That world can be very glamorous from the outside – but if you’re in it – and you’re lonely – it could be a Hell.”
14. Jackie’s mother allegedly got her father drunk before her wedding
Jackie’s parents, Janet Auchincloss and John Bouvier, weren’t exactly the picture of marital bliss themselves. For starters, Bouvier, who had the nickname of “Black Jack,” was an alcoholic. That probably explains in part why he and his ex-wife were bitterly divorced. And Janet may have decided to use that addiction to her advantage when it came to her daughter’s wedding. According to biographer Jay Mulvaney, she got Black Jack good and drunk prior to the ceremony.
In the end, Black Jack was indeed absent from the Kennedy wedding, leaving Jackie’s stepdad Hugh Auchincloss to walk her down the aisle instead. To cover, Janet told everyone that her ex-husband had the flu. But Jackie knew the truth, and apparently she never really forgave her mother for her dastardly scheme.
13. Jackie wasn’t impressed with JFK at first
At a dinner party in May 1952, the young Jacqueline Bouvier was introduced to a dashing congressman. He was John F. Kennedy, of course, and the pair’s mutual friend Charles Barlett, the host of the party, was determined that they should meet. Yet while John was said to have immediately been awestruck by Jackie, she would take more time to warm up to him.
The two of them did apparently flirt during the dinner party, and so John asked Jackie out for a drink… but she turned him down. And during a later meeting, Jackie saw John in a swimsuit and was far from impressed. She wrote of her future husband in her diary, “He has a funny body, skinny with toothpick legs.”
12. Jackie considered her relationship with John “atypical”
In January 2020 a piece of Kennedy history was saved from the auction block and given to the John F. Kennedy Foundation. This illuminating artifact was a letter that had been handwritten by Jackie and sent to JFK just after their daughter Caroline had been born. And the message provides considerable insight into what Jackie herself thought about her most unusual marriage.
At the end of the three-page-long letter, Jackie writes to John, “You are an atypical husband – increasingly so in one way or another every year since we’ve been married, So you mustn’t be surprised to have an atypical wife. Each of us would have been so lonely with the normal kind.”
11. John allegedly slept with prostitutes
Seymour Hersh’s 1997 book The Dark Side of Camelot makes some shocking claims about John’s sexual habits. Hersh suggests, for instance, that the president used the Secret Service to supply him with an endless stream of women – many of whom, the author claims, were sex workers. The prostitutes may even have come from shady underground criminal organizations, if Hersh is to be believed.
But that’s not all. Hersh has said that, according to a Secret Service agent he interviewed for his book, Kennedy took photographs of the women he bedded. Some of the snaps also apparently included the president himself, although the participants in the bedroom scenes were often wearing masks. None of these scandalous photos have surfaced to date, however, and this suggests they may not have existed at all.
10. Jackie found it hard to communicate
One 1957 letter from Jackie to her husband offers a revealing peek at how she perceived herself within her marriage. Jackie wrote in the note – which is now in possession of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation – that she usually sent “stiff letters” because it was “hard for [her] to communicate.” By contrast, Jackie said to John, expressing himself is something he did “beautifully.”
And Jackie also wrote to her husband, “I know everyone says married couples should never separate, as you get off the same wavelength. It is true you do, but I think it is usually good when we go away from each other as we both realize so much.” She signed the letter, “All my love, Jackie,” so it seemed she could still communicate where it counted.
9. JFK and his father-in-law reportedly shared a lover
Jackie’s father, Black Jack, was allegedly not only an alcoholic, but also a gambling-addicted hedonist who slept with both men and women. He wasn’t all that keen on John to start with, either, if rumors are to be believed. Yet as Black Jack got to know his son-in-law, the pair found that they had something in common: a love of sex.
According to the 2014 book Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Life Beyond Her Wildest Dreams, Cole Porter was among Black Jack’s lovers. Even more scandalously, the legendary songwriter once made the claim that John and Black Jack had hired a showgirl and shared the same bed with her. No actual evidence of this night exists beyond Porter’s words, however.
8. Jackie reportedly confronted Marilyn Monroe
Rumors about a liaison between JFK and Marilyn Monroe circulated for so long that Jackie eventually decided to take matters into her own hands – or so it’s said, at least. Christopher Andersen claims in his 2013 book These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie that the First Lady pretty much had a full-on confrontation with the woman she saw as a threat.
Andersen said that Monroe once called Jackie on the phone and told her all about the affair. But while Jackie could have gotten angry, she instead resorted to biting wit. Allegedly, she responded, “Marilyn, you’ll marry Jack. That’s great. And you’ll move into the White House, and you’ll assume the responsibilities of First Lady. [Then] I’ll move out, and you’ll have all the problems.” Ouch.
7. Jackie refused to take off the clothes stained with her husband’s blood
As the whole world knows, President Kennedy was shot and killed by an assassin on November 22, 1963. And, famously, Jackie witnessed the whole thing, which of course must have been unfathomably traumatizing. She was sitting next to her husband when the bullet pierced his skull, leaving her pink suit covered in his blood.
But while Jackie cleaned her face before boarding Air Force One, she still refused to take the suit off. Instead, she stood, bloodstains very much visible, as Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the new president. Later, she claimed that she regretted having washed her face, as she had wanted everyone to comprehend the full magnitude of what had just happened to her husband.
6. Jackie didn’t like her wedding dress
Jackie’s mother, Janet, was the one in charge of her daughter’s wedding dress: an ivory-colored silk creation with wax flowers on the skirt. And she hired Ann Lowe, an African-American designer, to create it. Lowe naturally went to great efforts to make the gown perfect, even starting again from scratch when the first version was ruined in a flood.
Yet Jackie disliked the dress, having wanted a simpler design from the start. She apparently told people that the gown gave the impression that her chest was flat or, worse, made her look like a lampshade. And when she was asked who had sewed up the stunning creation, she reportedly said that it was from “a colored woman” rather than giving Lowe’s name.
5. Jackie didn’t care whether her husband had affairs
JFK reportedly slept with a great many women who weren’t his wife, yet Jackie maintained a poker face throughout it all. Why? Well, in 2016 a “close family friend” of the couple told People magazine, “It was a marriage of its time. At the end of the day, Jack came back to Jackie – and that was it. They loved each other.”
Author Pamela Keough also spoke to People. According to her, Jackie “came from a world where that is what men did, and it was accepted.” And this breezy attitude to infidelity was confirmed by Cornelia Guest, who had family ties to the Kennedys. She said to the magazine, “For these women, if they ever did discuss [their husbands’ affairs], it was more like, ‘This is what’s going on. Let’s go out and get the kids and get on a horse.’”
4. JFK reminded Jackie of her dad
There are some fascinating tidbits about the Kennedys in Jackie’s old letters to Joseph Leonard. For example, the future First Lady wrote in one note that she feared John was too much like her dad. Black Jack had an eye for the ladies, she suggested, and scant regard for fidelity.
Jackie wrote of John, “He’s like my father in a way. [My father] loves the chase and is bored with the conquest. And once married, [he] needs proof he’s still attractive so flirts with other women and resents you. I saw how that nearly killed Mummy.” Turns out that she may have been right.
3. Jackie had a secretive romance of her own
After her husband’s death, Jackie famously married again to Aristotle Onassis. However, before that – and not long after JFK was assassinated – she most likely embarked on a romance with David Ormsby-Gore, who had been President Kennedy’s British ambassador to the United States. He had previously lost his wife in a car crash, and so perhaps the pair’s mutual grief had drawn them together.
Jackie could have married Ormsby-Gore, in fact, but she decided that as her late husband had once employed him, that wouldn’t be right. In 1968, then, she wrote a letter to the diplomat, reading, “If ever I can find some healing and comfort, it has to be with somebody who is not part of all my world of past and pain.”
2. John may have been a sex addict
If you tot up all the rumors, John’s affairs were too numerous to count. Among his alleged conquests were Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Anita Ekberg, a gangster’s moll named Judith Exner and White House intern Mimi Alford, but there could well have been plenty more. These days, then, experts may well characterize the president’s behavior as sex addiction.
In 2008 Kennedy biographer Laurence Leamer told ABC News, “When I began my research, I thought all this stuff about JFK’s sex life was exaggerated. But I’m just amazed at how many women there were. He really was a sexual addict.” It’s even said that JFK once remarked to U.K. Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, “Do you know, Harold, if I don’t have sex every three days, I get a goddamn headache.”
1. Jackie considered a divorce
The 2014 book Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Life Beyond Her Wildest Dreams lays out the claim that Jackie genuinely considered getting out of her marriage to John. If she had gone ahead, it would have made her the first-ever First Lady of the United States to divorce a serving president – and almost certainly caused no end of scandal.
According to the book’s authors Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince, Jackie had been driven to distraction over the Monroe affair. But after her father-in-law reportedly offered to pay her a million dollars to remain with John, she begrudgingly accepted the situation. Since JFK was killed, we’ll never know if the marriage would have lasted the long haul.
Of course, every marriage has its secrets. But it sometimes seems that the higher the couple’s status, the greater – and darker – the secrets can be. And this isn’t limited to politicians. When Elvis Presley married Priscilla in 1967, they became one of the most glamorous celebrity couples of all time. However, there was a lot more to their relationship than met the eye. Before their wedding, in fact, little was known about the King’s new blushing bride.
40. Priscilla’s father was a U.S. Navy pilot who died when she was six months old
Priscilla was born in May 1945 to parents Ann Lillian Iversen and U.S. Navy pilot James Wagner. Sadly, the latter died in a plane crash when the young girl was just six months old. Ann later married Air Force officer Paul Beaulieu – who subsequently raised Priscilla as his own.
39. Priscilla didn’t learn her biological father’s true identity until she was older
Young Priscilla long believed that Paul was her real father – given how young she had been when her mother Lillian remarried. The future actress later discovered that this was not the case when she stumbled upon an old box of keepsakes. However, Priscilla’s mom allegedly urged her to keep the “family secret” from her half-siblings.
38. Priscilla moved around a lot as a child
Priscilla’s family often relocated in those early days due to Paul’s work in the Air Force. This nomadic lifestyle affected her as a child, and she disliked the upheaval that came along with it. In later life, the businesswoman revealed that as a child she often worried about fitting in and wondered if she would ever have long-term friends.
37. Priscilla was 14 years old when she met Elvis
Priscilla and her family moved to Germany when Paul was transferred there in the 1950s, and it was there that she first met Elvis. At the time of their introduction, Priscilla was only 14 while the singer was 25 and serving in the U.S. Army. However, by all accounts, he appeared to be smitten with the young teen from the get-go.
36. Elvis was nervous upon meeting Priscilla
Elvis was already famous by the time he met Priscilla – with hits like “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Heartbreak Hotel” already under his belt. With that in mind, you’d have thought that 14-year-old Priscilla might have been starstruck. But it seems that Elvis was more nervous about meeting her and apparently acted like an awkward schoolboy around the teenager.
35. Priscilla thought Elvis was “gross” before they met
In those early days, Priscilla wasn’t really a fan of Elvis at all. In 2017 she told Australia’s Today show, “Obviously I’d heard of Elvis. One of my best friends had a fan club that you could join and she showed me the magazine. And when she showed me the inside, Elvis was signing this blonde woman across her breasts. I looked at that and [thought], ‘There’s no way I could be a part of this fan club. It’s really gross.’”
34. Priscilla’s parents didn’t approve of their romance at first
Priscilla returned home late on the night of her first meeting with Elvis – much to her parents’ concern. As a result, they insisted that the teen would not see Elvis again. However, the singer was eager to meet with her once more and promised them that he would bring her home on time from then on. Priscilla’s mom and dad eventually gave in and allowed their daughter to meet with Elvis regularly.
33. Priscilla became Elvis’ shoulder to cry on
Elvis met Priscilla shortly after his mother Gladys’ passing, and it seems he found solace in the young teenager’s company. She later told Today, “I saw him at probably one of the most vulnerable times of his life. Losing his mother and then of course being drafted – which was devastating at the top of his career. So, he poured his heart out to me.”
32. Elvis kept in touch with Priscilla even after he left Germany
When Elvis left Germany in March 1960, Priscilla believed that she’d never see the star again. Furthermore, the singer’s rumored romance with Nancy Sinatra seemingly confirmed to her that the relationship was over. However, Priscilla and Elvis continued to communicate over the phone for two years until they finally reunited.
31. Elvis was unfaithful to Priscilla in the early years of their relationship
Priscilla eventually relocated to Memphis in 1963. She later moved in with Elvis, and the latter promised her parents that he would marry their teenage daughter. However, the singer was regularly unfaithful in the early years of their relationship and even had an affair with his Viva Las Vegas co-star Ann-Margret.
30. Elvis proposed to Priscilla in 1966, but she may have forced his hand
Elvis finally popped the question to Priscilla before Christmas 1966. However, it has been reported that she threatened to tell the press about their relationship if he refused to marry her. Moreover, Priscilla’s father is also rumored to have threatened Elvis – by accusing him of taking a minor across state lines for sexual purposes.
29. Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding lasted just eight minutes
Priscilla and Elvis finally tied the knot at Las Vegas’ Aladdin Hotel in May 1967. The wedding was an intimate affair and designed to maximize as much press interest as possible. Apparently, it was over in eight short minutes – after which the happy couple attended a press conference before heading to their breakfast reception.
28. Priscilla claimed that she remained a virgin until her wedding night
While she and Elvis had been an item for quite some time before they married, Priscilla claimed that she remained a virgin until their wedding night. In her 1985 memoir Elvis and Me, she recalled how the star had told her, “I’m not saying we can’t do other things. It’s just the actual encounter. I want to save it.”
27. Priscilla threw herself into her new role as a wife
Priscilla enjoyed washing, cleaning and cooking for Elvis, and she committed herself to her role as a housewife. According to Peter Guralnick’s 1999 book Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, the future businesswoman explained, “I loved playing house… Here was an opportunity to take care of him myself. No maids or housekeepers to pamper us.”
26. Elvis allegedly controlled much of his wife’s life
Priscilla has claimed that Elvis was pretty possessive in their relationship – even dictating what she wore and her interests. In 2015 she told British newspaper The Guardian, “He was very opinionated on what he wanted. [Elvis would say], ‘I don’t like you in that color. Brown isn’t good for you. Green looks horrible, it’s a dull color with no spark to it.’”
25. Elvis was apparently paranoid about Priscilla aging
Even though Priscilla was ten years Elvis’ junior, she said that the singer was eager to prevent his wife from aging. Priscilla told the publication, “I remember sitting down doing my homework. And when I would look up at him, he would slap me on my forehead and say, ‘Don’t do that, it gives you wrinkles on your forehead.’ I didn’t even think about wrinkles back then!”
24. Priscilla claimed that Elvis had a hot temper
According to Priscilla, Elvis would shoot his .357 Magnum at the television if something he saw annoyed him. She told The Guardian, “It’s funny now… But scary at first. Very scary. There was no warning. Maybe he was in a bad mood that day, or maybe he would just see someone he didn’t particularly care for so he’d just pick up the gun…”
23. She never let Elvis see her without make-up
During her marriage to Elvis, Priscilla was eager to maintain some “mystique” for her husband. And during a 2016 appearance on the British talk show Loose Women, she revealed that she always wore makeup in front of him and never got ready with him watching. Priscilla explained, “There are things you keep to yourself.”
22. Priscilla didn’t see Elvis perform until 1968
For many years, it appears that Elvis kept his professional and personal lives separate, and Priscilla apparently didn’t watch him perform until a year after they married. In 2017 she told the U.K.’s Good Morning Britain show, “Did I complain? Never. I loved being his wife. I loved taking care of him. So, when I saw him on stage it was like, ‘Oh my god I get it.’”
21. Priscilla wasn’t happy to fall pregnant soon after her wedding
Priscilla discovered that she was expecting shortly after she married Elvis. At the time, she was worried that a baby would ruin the bond she’d finally established with her husband. She even discussed abortion with the singer, but neither of them could go through with terminating the pregnancy. Their only daughter, Lisa Marie, was eventually born on February 1, 1968 – exactly nine months on from their wedding.
20. Priscilla said marriage to Elvis was a “bubble”
Following their marriage, Priscilla struggled to adjust to life in the spotlight. She later told Loose Women, “We didn’t go out. He didn’t like eating in restaurants because people would take pictures of him and he didn’t want to be shot… putting a fork in his mouth. We literally lived in a bubble.”
19. Priscilla later had an affair with her karate instructor
Priscilla took up karate on Elvis’ recommendation, but her new hobby would lead to the downfall of their marriage. After taking lessons with Mike Stone, Priscilla soon embarked on an affair with her instructor. And while she was still in love with Elvis, the businesswoman claimed the extramarital relationship forced her to rethink her marriage.
18. Elvis allegedly wasn’t interested in Priscilla sexually
According to Priscilla, Elvis was not overly intimate with her, and this caused a great deal of distress. In her book Elvis and Me, Priscilla wrote, “He had mentioned to me before we were married that he had never been able to make love to a woman who had a child… I [was] beginning to doubt my own sexuality as a woman. My physical and emotional needs were unfulfilled.”
17. An incident in a hotel room was the final straw for Priscilla
Amid her affair with Mike, Priscilla claimed that Elvis called her to his hotel suite and “forcefully made love” to her, according to an extract in Elvis and Me. Although Priscilla later said that she’d overstated the incident, she claimed that his attempts to show sexual interest in her were too little too late.
16. Elvis reportedly wanted to have Mike Stone killed
The couple subsequently separated in 1972, and Elvis filed for divorce on January 8, 1973 – his 38th birthday. However, the singer is said to have become paranoid about his estranged wife’s lover Mike. And according to reports, he stated, “There’s too much pain in me… Stone [must] die.” Elvis’ bodyguard apparently looked into arranging a contract killing of Mike, but the singer later backed down.
15. Priscilla received a handsome payout on her divorce from Elvis
Priscilla’s received a cash payment of $725,000 following her divorce from Elvis in October 1973. She was also awarded child and spousal support from her ex-husband. Furthermore, the businesswoman received half the income generated from the sale of their Beverly Hills property and a five percent stake in Elvis’ publishing companies.
14. The pair remained friends after their divorce
Following their split, Priscilla and Elvis remained close friends – even leaving the courthouse holding hands on the day that their divorce was finalized. The former couple shared custody of their daughter Lisa Marie and raised her together, until Elvis died of a heart attack at the age of 42 in August 1977.
13. Priscilla struggled to believe Elvis had died
When news of Elvis’ sudden death reached Priscilla she struggled to take it in. Speaking with Today in 2017, she revealed, “It was shocking, it was like everyone else not believing it. The phone call I got from Joe Esposito [Elvis’ manager], it was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ Because we would kid around all the time y’know. And [he] was in the hospital lots of times and he always made it through.”
12. Priscilla says that Elvis was a lonely figure
In a 2017 appearance on Good Morning Britain, Priscilla claimed that – despite his extraordinary fame – Elvis was lonely deep down. She said of her late ex-husband, “He really was alone. He really didn’t have a peer, not with a group and not really with anyone.” And in the same interview, Priscilla also said that Elvis had his “demons.”
11. Priscilla became the executor of Elvis’ estate following his death
In 1979 – two years after Elvis’ death – Priscilla became the executor of the late singer’s Graceland estate on behalf of his only heir: Lisa Marie. At the time, the property cost more than $500,000 a year to run, which meant that the latter’s inheritance fell to just $1 million. So, Priscilla had to figure out a way to make Graceland profitable.
10. She helped to turn Graceland into a successful tourist attraction
In order to make Graceland pay, Priscilla took inspiration from other famous museums and homes. With the help of CEO Jack Soden, she then transformed Elvis’ former home into a tourist destination. It opened as an attraction in June 1982, and within four weeks the estate had made good on its investment.
9. Priscilla had several other business ventures
Until Lisa Marie was 21, Priscilla was the president and chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises. And under her tenure the trust came to be valued at over $100 million. Furthermore, Priscilla has also launched fashion and fragrance lines and owned a successful clothing boutique with her stylist Olivia Bis.
8. Priscilla has also enjoyed a successful acting career
In the 1980s Priscilla found new fame as an actress – memorably starring as Jenna Wade Krebbs in Dallas. The role even won her a Soap Opera Digest Award in 1984. Then over the following decade she also appeared in three Naked Gun movies alongside Leslie Nielsen. More recently, Priscilla was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars in 2008.
7. Priscilla had a number of serious relationships following her split from Elvis
Priscilla lived with Mike Stone until 1975 following her divorce from Elvis. Since then, she has dated a number of high-profile men: including the financier Kirk Kerkorian, photographer Terry O’Neill and lawyer Robert Kardashian. Furthermore, in 2017 she was romantically linked to Sir Tom Jones, though Priscilla later insisted that she was just friends with the Welsh singer.
6. Priscilla has a son
For 22 years, Priscilla lived with the Italian screenwriter and computer programmer Marco Garibaldi. The couple welcomed their son Navarone in March 1987, when Priscilla was still starring in Dallas. Priscilla and Marco split in 2006, and Navarone went on to become the frontman of the rock band Them Guns.
5. Priscilla was worried about Lisa Marie’s relationship with Michael Jackson
In 1994 Lisa Marie followed in her mother’s footsteps by marrying one of the biggest artists on the planet: Michael Jackson. However, despite the parallels between her relationship with Elvis, Priscilla had her doubts about her daughter’s union. She later told The Guardian, “I just didn’t know if it was authentic or not. I just worried about if she was doing the right thing. I worried about… his agendas.”
4. She is a member of the Church of Scientology
Priscilla has been part of the Church of Scientology for many years. However, in 2017 it was reported that she had left the controversial religion. These rumors were subsequently denied by a representative of Priscilla’s, who told People that she was still a member.
3. Priscilla’s charity work
Since 2003 Priscilla has served as an ambassador for the Dream Foundation. The organization grants wishes to terminally ill adults. In 2014 Priscilla told CNN, “I’ve been blessed to work with [the] Dream Foundation. The organization has impacted me in so many ways. I think when you see and experience someone’s dream with them, it lives on within you. It’s life-changing.”
2. Elvis has allegedly communicated with Priscilla from beyond the grave
In 2015 Priscilla told The Guardian that Elvis’ sometimes communicates with her. She explained, “When I go to Graceland, my gosh, I can walk in that door and see him walking down the stairs, I can hear laughter, I can hear the music playing in the music room. It’s a very surreal feeling. But it’s not scary, it’s beautiful.”
1. She looks back on times with Elvis fondly
Priscilla is still reminded of Elvis even today; after all, he’s one of the biggest selling artists of all time. In 2016 she told British newspaper The Telegraph, “I’ll be in a store and ‘White Christmas’ will be playing and hearing his voice still has an impact. Because even after all these years, I can visualize where we both were when I first heard it, and I’ll carry those memories with me always.”