Lisa Marie Presley’s death on January 12, 2023, shocked the world for many reasons. Not only was she just 54 years old, but she was also the only child of the beloved Elvis Presley. She led an extraordinary and complicated life that echoed her father’s in many ways — including tabloid drama and musical success. Growing up in one of the most famous families in the world, she was constantly under the glare of the spotlight and the lenses of the paparazzi, and these photographs document her remarkable time on Earth.
On again, off again
Lisa Marie’s parents, Elvis and Priscilla, began an on-off relationship in the late 1950s until they finally got married in May 1967. Priscilla was only 21 years old when they tied the knot, and Elvis was 32. While living in Elvis’ Graceland home in Tennessee, the couple welcomed their first child. Lisa Marie was born in February 1968, and her arrival made headlines around the world.
It was the best of times
Priscilla wrote about Lisa Marie's birth in a 1985 piece for People. “Our daughter, Lisa Marie, was born at 5:01 p.m. on Feb. 1, 1968,” she explained. “The nurse brought [Lisa Marie] into my room, and I cradled her in my arms. She was so tiny – so beautiful.” And Elvis was equally pleased with their new arrival.
All shook up
Priscilla continued, “Elvis came into the room and kissed me, thrilled that we had had a perfectly normal, healthy baby. Then he took us both in his arms and held us.” This was a marked change of attitude from how he’d apparently felt about the baby just a few months before. Priscilla revealed that Elvis had asked for a trial separation while she was seven months pregnant.
She went on, “Within a short time, Elvis’ sensitive nature brought him back to his senses. Two days had passed. The idea of a trial separation was never mentioned again. We both acted as if nothing had been said.” Unfortunately, though, the happiness brought by Lisa Marie's birth was not to keep the family together forever.