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Priscilla Presley attended the Dream Foundation's Celebration of Dreams Gala held Saturday, October 26th 2013.
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Priscilla Presley was a special guest on the 2013 TCB Cruise.
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Priscilla Presley says don't compare Miley Cyrus to Elvis
September 30, 2013
Priscilla Presley took a stand in support of her late ex-husband recently when she declared that the Miley Cyrus "twerking" 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."
Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, was born May 24, 1945. Priscilla met Elvis on September 13, 1959 while her Army Father was stationed in Germany and in March 1963 Priscilla moved into Graceland.
Elvis and Priscilla married in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967 and their Daughter Lisa Marie Presley was born on February 1, 1968. Elvis and Priscilla divorced on October 9th 1973.
After Elvis, Priscilla opened a Boutique, Bis & Beau with friend, Olivia Bis. In 1985 Priscilla released her book "Elvis & Me" and a movie was later made from Priscilla's book in the year 1987. On March 1, 1987 she had a son, Navarone with screenwriter, Marco Garibaldi.
Priscilla has been an Actress and is known for her roles in: Melrose Place, Love is Forever, Dallas, The Naked Gun, and Spin City. Priscilla was a Contestant on the ABC TV show "Dancing With The Stars" in 2008. Priscilla was sadly eliminated from "Dancing With The Stars" at week five. Priscilla's most recent acting work was in the 2012 London Play "Snow White" where she played The Wicked Queen. Priscilla will be back to play The Wicked Queen in December 2014.
Priscilla's latest ventures included a 1991-2000 line of seven women's fragrances, a 2006 Bedroom linen Collection, and a 2011-2013 jewelry line which has been sold through QVC and at Graceland. Most recently in 2012 she worked with The H-Studio in LA to design a line of Modern Gothic type furniture and home decor accessories. In 2013 Priscilla and photographer, Christopher Ameruoso, published a book: 'Shades of Elvis' which features over 75 celebrities posing with a pair of Elvis Presley's famous sunglasses.
Today Priscilla enjoys being a Grandmother to twin Granddaughters, Harper and Finley which were born to Lisa and husband Michael Lockwood October 7, 2008. Priscilla also enjoys being involved with charity work and currently is an ambassador with The Dream Foundation.
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