Enriching a final journey
By Priscilla Presley, Special to CNN
Tue March 4, 2014
Editor's note: Best known as the ex-wife of Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley is also an actress and businesswoman. She was thrust into the role of managing the late singer's Tennessee mansion, Graceland, after Elvis' father died, and opened the home to the public in 1982 to save it from financial ruin. Presley enjoys being involved with charitable work. For the past 11 years, she has been an ambassador of Dream Foundation, a Santa Barbara-based wish-granting national organization for adults battling terminal illnesses. Santa Barbara, California (CNN)
-- I first heard of Dream Foundation
in 1997 when the charity requested a visit to Graceland
for a dream recipient. After the visit, I received a thank-you note and photo of the dreamer in front of the Graceland gates. I was moved by her experience and decided I wanted to get more involved, so I picked up the phone to find out more about the foundation. I was absolutely mesmerized and instantly attached to their unique mission of granting wishes to adults with terminal illnesses.
When I was asked to be an ambassador and spokeswoman for the charity, I couldn't say yes fast enough. How could I turn down such a great cause? I've been honored to travel and represent the organization across the country at special events and corporate meetings, as well as in public service announcements, television and print interviews.
But the best part of my "job" is seeing the hands-on attention and care we give to the people we serve.
There's a common misperception that all the dreams we fulfill are for grand vacations. But many requests are profoundly basic: Pay a utility bill, or provide mobility with a scooter. No matter the scale of the dream -- whether it's a peaceful escape to the beach, a long-delayed family reunion or an appliance that works -- every one is touching and heartwarming because it unites people.
Dreams provide comfort and closure, not only to the recipients, but to their family members as well. Ill parents often want nothing more than to see their kids smiling and having fun again. In turn, these dreams also give children an opportunity to see their parents happy, carefree and outside of the hospital's sterile environment.
One dreamer really stands out in my mind: Helena, a young girl of 23 with cancer. She had a beautiful voice and wanted to be a singer. The Dream Foundation contacted Grammy award-winning songwriter Diane Warren and got permission for Helena to record a song in Diane's studio. When Helena played the recording back, it was heartwarming to see her smile and be so full of joy. The song not only made Helena happy, but her family happy as well, knowing her dream had been fulfilled. How can you beat that?
After Helena passed, her husband was left with that precious recording to help remember her by. To this day, he still calls and thanks the Dream Foundation for granting his wife's wish.
I've been blessed to work with 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.
We all have problems, but we have to stop thinking of ourselves and focus on the bigger picture. There are people suffering all over the world, and we can make life a little bit better -- even if only for a moment -- one dream at a time.
Presley meets with Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) on Capitol Hill. (Photographer Pete Marovich Courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States)
Priscilla Presley heads to the Hill with the Humane Society of the U.S.
- BY HELENA ANDREWS
- February 27 at 7:00 am
It was a busy day on the Hill in terms of star-gazing. With the spotlight on actors Seth Rogen and Ben Affleck, Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley quietly roamed the marble halls of Congress on Wednesday
The former Mrs. Presley was spotted dining at 701 restaurant and a reliable tipster gave us the full story.
Turns out she was in town to support The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which protects “the deliberate infliction of pain to gaited horses in order to produce an unnatural high-stepping gait for competitions
Over two days Priscilla Presley, accompanied by a rep from the Humane Society of the United States, met with 11 members overall, including Majority House Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).
Priscilla Presley, made her first visit to Elvis Presley's Birthplace since the early 1970s.
She was given the keys to the city Saturday, and said she was taken aback the first time Presley showed her his childhood home.
"There were no additions when I was here last, there was just the little house he was born in," she said. "Coming here for the first time I was so shocked to see the place. Two rooms! I don't know how they lived — and with his grandmother and father and, of course, Gladys."
Dick Guyton, director of the birthplace, said Presley took time to read
the description of every item in the museum.
"He told me of his humble beginnings: the home he was born in, the Assembly of God church that he went to," she told the small crowd. "I got to learn a lot about him there because it was a delicate time for him. He never forgot Tupelo, Mississippi. He never forgot where he was raised."
She said she's proud of what Tupelo has done to preserve his early life and will send as much tourism there as she can.
Before the tour, Mayor Jason Shelton, with the aid of Elvis' second cousin Brandon Presley, gave Priscilla Presley the key to the city and read a proclamation naming her an honorary citizen of Tupelo.
"I was absolutely star-stuck," Shelton said. "To be able to present Ms. Priscilla Presley with a key to the city and make her an honorary citizen is certainly a highlight of my administration."
Guyton showed Priscilla the mold of a statue of Elvis as a child, with guitar, that will be placed on the ridge along with another larger-than-life statue and a new pavilion.
"We plan to have it finished in time for the 80th birthday" next year, Guyton said. "We would like to invite you to be our guest at the 80th birthday party."
sources: http://www.leecountycourier.net http://djournal.com
Priscilla Presley and son Navarone Garibaldi January 12th, 2014.
Navarone is a member of the band "THEM GUNS
" and he had just finished playing a show at the Troubadour
in West Hollywood.
Priscilla, as a very proud Mom attended the show to support her son. She shared the above photo on her Facebook and Twitter page.
Priscilla Presley, no supporter of walking horse industry, seeks to revoke Graceland trophy
Dec. 26, 2013 | Written by Heidi Hall
- The Tennessean
Elvis' former wife, who donatedthe trophy 30 years ago, says that she didn't know it was still a part of Shelbyville's National Celebration and that she can't support 'inhumane methods'
Priscilla Presley is taking back the Graceland Challenge Trophy that has been given annually at the nation's premier walking horse competition because she said she cannot support abuse of show horses.
There won’t be a Graceland Challenge Trophy at the nation’s premier walking horse competition next year after its donor, Priscilla Presley, decided to take it back after three decades.
Presley said she didn’t know the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration still awarded the trophy, given in memory of her ex-husband, Elvis Presley. She attended the Shelbyville, Tenn., event in 1983 and donated it as part of an exhibition featuring Ebony’s Double,
the last walking horse Elvis Presley ever bought. She thought it was a one-time award, but it’s been given every year since and is listed in the latest Celebration program under prizes for the Four-Year-Old Walking Horse World Grand Championship.
Today, she owns two Tennessee Walking Horses, stabled on the grounds of the Presley family’s Graceland estate in Memphis, and is a vocal supporter of a federal bill seeking to end abuse of the breed.
“Graceland isn’t going to support this, knowing what we know now,” Presley said Tuesday. “We want that trophy back.
“I can’t support the trophy when inhumane methods are used on these horses. I can’t support it.”
The Celebration hasn’t yet received the request, said CEO Mike Inman, but that could be because the offices are closed for the holidays. He said he would like a chance to speak to Presley before she makes a final decision.
“I believe she’d come to a different conclusion,” Inman said.
At issue is H.R. 1518
, a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and co-sponsored by more than 200 others, which would end the use of the tall horseshoes and ankle chains used by the breed’s performance division to accentuate its naturally higher, longer gait. Some unscrupulous trainers chemically burn the horses’ pasterns or hide irritants in the shoes to exaggerate the gait even further, a process known as “soring.”
The bill also would reform horse inspections at shows and stiffen penalties for soring.
Industry leaders oppose it, saying the bill would prompt a dramatic negative economic impact without addressing underlying problems — which they say already are being handled. They cite measurable improvement in the number of citations written for suspected abuse and a study that showed the light chains are harmless.
But severe cases recently uncovered in Tennessee drew national attention to the problem. Jackie McConnell, once a Celebration Hall of Fame horse trainer, was convicted of violating the Horse Protection Act last year after the Humane Society of the United States released a stomach-turning undercover video
of abuse in his Collierville, Tenn., stables. A grand jury indicted Maryville, Tenn., trainer Larry Wheelon this month on charges of similar abuse
Presley said she learned about the Celebration trophy from Keith Dane, the Humane Society’s vice president of equine protection, and has thrown her support behind the bill. She said calling on her friends to do the same is the biggest project she’s involved with right now.
Dane said support from Presley, a respected celebrity and once a part of one of the nation’s most beloved couples, is significant. “She knows that this legislation is the only thing that will protect walking horses from the abusive practice of soring and end it once and for all,” he said.
Presley, a business manager, actress and designer
who lives in Los Angeles, said she has loved horses since childhood but got to know the Tennessee Walking Horse breed when Elvis rode one around the grounds of Graceland.
“We both fell in love with this horse,” she said. “We knew a little bit of the lingo, but we didn’t know what went on behind the scenes. We were very naive in thinking that’s just the way these horses were. We were novice horse owners.
“We rode just about every day all over the 13 or 14 acres, and people would stop their cars to watch. Elvis was an entertainer; he loved to show his horses. To be honest, we didn’t know anything about the soring, the pads and the bracelets. If we did, we never would have been behind this horrendous torture.”
Inman said he had not received any other requests to take back trophies, and he actually had to turn away trophies for this year’s Celebration in some classes because there were getting to be too many.
The printed program shows a total of 10 trophies, ribbons, awards and floral arrangements in the class where the Graceland Challenge Trophy is given.
Marian Cocke and Priscilla Presley - December 28th, 2013.
Marian and Priscilla visited at Priscilla's Beverly Hills home.
Marian Cocke was Elvis Presley's Nurse from January 1975 until Elvis' August 16th, 1977 passing.
photo source: Marian Cocke
Priscilla Presley has been answering questions via the social networking websites Facebook and Twitter. A fan recently asked Priscilla a question regarding living at Graceland.
Q: What do you miss most about living at Graceland?
"I miss the amazing people that worked for us. The staff that take care of us, and their families as well. I miss a lot. There were some really wonderful memories there. I miss the fun that we had, I miss the laughter, I miss going to the movies at night and catching up on everything. I miss Elvis and my walks to visit his father who lived adjacent to Graceland. And I miss time spent in the barn, where we would talk and take care of the horses at early morning hours."
Priscilla Presley Urges Congress To Pass Legislation To Protect Tennessee Walking Horses
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Priscilla Presley has put her support behind federal legislation to protect Tennessee walking horses.
She joins The Humane Society of the United States
in urging Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics
(PAST) Act of 2013, H.R. 1518/S. 1406. Officials said, "The bill is critical to ending the cruel practice of “soring” – the deliberate infliction of pain to gaited horses in order to produce an unnatural high-stepping gait for competitions
Ms. Presley said: “Over the years, Elvis and I owned several Tennessee walking horses, and I know them to be gentle, graceful creatures. Today, 43 years after the passage of the federal Horse Protection Act that was intended to end the terrible practice of ‘soring,’ these horses continue to suffer at the hands of abusive trainers. I’m calling on Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to finally end this torture
Priscilla Presley reveals insights into her relationship with Elvis Presley as part of a 90-minute ITV special, The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song
. The special airs November 8th.
This programe tells the story behind the 20 greatest songs ever recorded by Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Priscilla Presley, Elvis’s ex-wife and mother to their daughter Lisa Marie Presley, is featured exclusively in the documentary, giving a rare interview about the King and his music
Referring to Elvis’s live performance of Are You Lonesome Tonight, Priscilla says:
“I went right to the first time I sat in the theatre looking up at him singing it and I thought ‘I can’t believe this person who I never thought I’d meet is singing this song to me
“I’m really a little bit shy about sharing some of those moments that I had with him. There’s a part of me that savours things that were just him and myself
Priscilla Presley attended the Dream Foundation's Celebration of Dreams Gala held Saturday, October 26th 2013.
Priscilla Presley says don't compare Miley Cyrus to Elvis
September 30, 2013
took a stand in support of her late ex-husband recently when she declared that the Miley Cyrus
" controversy had no business being compared to the early days of Elvis' career.
In an interview that aired on SiriusXM's Elvis Radio on Saturday, Priscilla Presley responded to comparisons that have been made by pundits and others
that Miley Cyrus' controversial performance on the MTV Video Music Awards in August was similar to the initial outrage at Elvis Presley
for his sexually-charged dance moves.
In the 1950s, Elvis Presley's shaking and grinding of his hips and legs were considered vulgar by some, earning him the nickname "Elvis the Pelvis." Elvis' June 5, 1956 appearance
on The Milton Berle Show
provoked a public outcry
against the singer protesting his "shocking" dance moves. This led to a toned-down performance by Elvis subsequently on The Steve Allen Show
and a censored above-the-waist view on The Ed Sullivan Show
However, Priscilla Presley maintains that Elvis' dance moves were never "planned or contrived." These were natural movements that Elvis felt compelled to express as he was performing. Priscilla stressed that Elvis' performance was authentic and "not calculated" like so many performances are today in the music industry, specifically the Miley Cyrus twerking performance.
Priscilla further voiced her opinion describing Elvis as extremely "talented and authentic" which is just what today's music business is lacking, she suggested.
Priscilla Presley's remarks remind us that Elvis did not dance around for "shock" value. As Elvis told TV Guide
in 1956: "I just get kinda in rhythm with the music. I jump around to it because I enjoy what I'm doin'. I'm not tryin' to be vulgar, I'm not tryin' to sell any sex... I just enjoy what I'm doin' and tryin' to make the best of it." source: http://www.examiner.com/elvis-presley-in-national/trina-yannicos
Check out this adorable photo of Lisa and Michael Lockwood's twin Daughter's, Harper and Finley Lockwood. They are sitting on Lisa's tour bus with Grandmother, Priscilla Presley.
This photo was shared by Priscilla via social media, on Saturday, September 21st 2013 after Lisa's Memphis show at The Levitt Shell.
Welcome Back Priscilla Presley?
Sep 9, 2013 07:00 AM ET
by William Keck
Over the summer, Priscilla Presley
got her Facebook friends excited by posting, "For all of those who mentioned that you would like to see me on Dallas
, thank you very much for that support! We will see what happens..."
But are the writers of TNT's reboot really considering bringing back Jenna Wade, whom Presley played from 1983 to '88? "It's on our [planning] wall, and we're thinking about it seriously," says executive producer Cynthia Cidre
If Jenna does return, fans shouldn't worry that she will cause relationship problems for Bobby (Patrick Duffy
) and his current wife, Ann. "I like all conflict," says Cidre, "but my heart is with Jock and Miss Ellie, and Bobby and Ann."source: http://www.tvguide.com
Here is what Priscilla Presley had to say via Facebook:
"It looks like they are definitely considering Jenna Wade coming back- how fun would that be! I sincerely thank you for your support. Stay tuned."
Priscilla Presley has been answering questions via the social networking websites Facebook and Twitter. A fan recently asked Priscilla if she had a favorite room at Graceland.
Q: Do you have a Favorite room at Graceland?
"Yes, the upstairs area is my favorite part of the house. It was private and Elvis and I spent a lot of time there when we wanted to get away. Of course, our daughter’s room was there as well."
The official Facebook account for Priscilla Presley
Instagram : @PriscillaPresley
Priscilla Presley has sent out "thanks" to Elvis fans in honor of the 36th Anniversary of Elvis' August 16th 1977 passing. Fans sent Priscilla their condolences via the social media websites Facebook and Twitter.
"Because there were so many posts yesterday, I want to thank you all for your condolences and support during this very sensitive time. You all have been amazing and continuing to be fans of not only Elvis, but us as a family. Thank you."
Priscilla Presley's ravey bodysuit from the Naked Gun 33 1/3 film was on exhibit this past weekend.
Paramount Pictures toasted its first 100 years with a stylish soiree at Paramount Studios on Melrose. Hosted by Los Angeles Confidential and presented by Acura, the night offered guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with 48 of the American film and television production/distribution company's most iconic costumes throughout the decades, which were all, miraculously, in mint condition.
Set inside Paramount's awesome, life-like New York Street backlot, fashionable archives on display included Priscilla Presley's ravey bodysuit from the Naked Gun 33 1/3 film.
On Thursday, June 6th 2013 Priscilla Presley attended the Simin Hope Foundation Presents "A Celebration of All Fathers" Gala at Paramount Pictures Studios - Hollywood.
The SH Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to address the problems of under-served and at-risk children through a robust program focusing on medical provision, communication and family strengthening, empowering people and communities.
photo's by: Billy Bennight & Winston Burris
Priscilla Presley is now connecting with fans on Twitter!
Lisa verified this with these tweets:
50 years ago today, Priscilla Beaulieu Graduated from Immaculate Conception High School.
Just three days after Elvis recorded his million seller "Devil in Disguise" at RCA’s Studio B in Nashville TN, Priscilla Beaulieu graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Memphis. It was May 29th, 1963. Less than 4 years later she would marry Elvis at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.
source: Elvis Matters
Priscilla Presley was half of one of the most contentious couples in Hollywood. She and Elvis Presley met when she was only 14 years old and went on to marry just a few years later. Though society might not have approved of their relationship, she didn't seem to care.
Today, that self-assured attitude also translates to her style, and her propensity to push limits and try new trends has made this lady a fashion icon. In celebration of her 68th birthday (on May 24), we are taking a look back at Priscilla's best sartorial moments to date.
Here are six style lessons from the great Ms. Presley -- you might want to take notes.1. You can never go wrong when you're in a jumpsuit.2. A cowboy hat can really showcase your cheekbones.3. Avril Lavigne isn't the only one who can pull off a tie.4. Want to appear taller? Forget heels, you can get a few more inches with your hair!5. Nothing is sexier than a LWD (little white dress).6. A keyhole slit shows just the right amount of skin!
Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville, would like to wish Priscilla Presley a very Happy Birthday!!
Priscilla Presley Asks Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam To Not Sign "Ag-Gag" Bill
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Priscilla Presley has joined the group urging Governor Bill Haslam to veto Senate Bill 1248, the “ag gag” bill.
She said, "If you sign this bill into law you are making the statement that Tennessee farmers and our equine industry have something to hide. I don’t believe that’s in the best interest of our state. In addition, this bill gives anyone who records instances of animal cruelty 48 hours to report the violation and submit their video or audio recording to authorities.
By not giving anyone investigating animal cruelty enough time to collect evidence, this bill is set up to protect the abusers while failing to protect the welfare of the animals and livestock.”
In the 1980s Priscilla Presley hosted the reality television series about animals and their extraordinary lives, Those Amazing Animals. The show combined notable facts and entertainment and is considered a precursor to today’s popular Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. At present, Ms. Presley is involved with various horse rescue charities and animal-rights causes.