Elvis Presley always insisted on looking his best, even in the privacy of his own home.
The ‘Dallas’ star, who was married to Elvis from 1967 to 1973, shared some intimate anecdotes about the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll while reflecting on her own appearance over the years.
In front of Elvisshe said, always looking good was one way to keep the spark alive.
“We are always dressed up. Elvis never liked that feeling or the look of being too relaxed,” she said. “Elvis had this idea (of) always looking good for each other, always making sure it never faded. took care of each other, loved each other, had fun with each other, but never got so relaxed that things got a little messy.”
She also shared some details about her early relationship with the singer, who she met in Germany when she was just 14.
Elvis had been stationed in Germany during his military career, and when it came time for him to return to the US in 1960, Presley recalled wondering if their romance would continue.
“I was really looking forward to this day because I really didn’t know if I’d ever see it again,” she said, looking back at a photo of herself in a belted dress and headscarf, and waved him goodbye.
“One request he asked me not to look with tears in my eyes, so you see me smiling here,” she said. “There are other pictures where I look down, looking away and knowing I may never see him again. So that was the beginning.”
Their relationship survived the distance, of course, and they eventually got married in Las Vegas in 1967.
Even before they got married, the couple was followed by paparazzi, and Presley remembered the challenges of shopping for a wedding dress without tipping the press.
“I would go into stores, people would recognize me and of course know that a wedding is on the way,” she told Vogue. “This was such a closely guarded secret because we wanted it to be our wedding with our friends and not full of paparazzi.”
She explained that she had asked a male friend to buy her wedding dresses and pose as her future groom, and said she wore sunglasses so as not to be recognized.
Presley also revealed how she achieved the iconic bouffant she rocked in the ’60s.
“That’s a pretty big haircut I have. This was the style,” she said of a particularly gravity-defying look.
“That was my hair. Not all — I had a little bump under it and my hair was going over it,” she explained. “And I did this especially for Elvis. He had gone off to make a movie and I wanted to surprise him. this hair, teased a lot. That was huge in the 60s.”
She added that the look took about an hour and a half to achieve.
“The problem was keeping it that way for a week because we only got our hair done once a week, that was the deal!” she said with a laugh.
She was still rocking a towering bouffant when she and Elvis welcomed their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, in 1968.
Presley looked back at a photo of herself as a new mom in a pink dress, an outfit recreated in Baz Luhrmann’s new “Elvis” biopic.
She also shared Elvis’ sweet reaction to becoming a father.
“He looked at her like, ‘Oh my god, I have a child. What shall I do?’ He was so scared to hold her,” she said. “I think a lot of men feel that way. He was so scared that he would drop her.”
The actor also reflected on how her style changed over the years.
After her breakup with Elvis, she founded a Los Angeles clothing boutique, Bis & Beau Boutique, which attracted celebrity clients including Cher and Barbra Streisand.
“Different eyebrows, wearing eyelashes…I’m starting to feel a little more free and more confident in myself,” she said of her style at the time.
She then looked back at her style in the ’80s and beyond, including her fabulous sequined outfits on “Dallas” and a dress she especially loved when she competed in “Dancing With the Stars” in 2008.
She ended with a shout-out to an earth-colored dress she wore to the “Elvis” premiere in Cannes earlier this year.
“I like this dress because it kind of matches the color of my hair,” she said.
She also gushed about Austin Butler’s portrayal of Elvis in the 2022 biopic, calling his performance “so incredible, it’s terrifying.”