Our Daily Elvis focus – the anniversary of the death of Gladys Presley
Gladys Love Smith came from a large family, her mother was an invalid and Gladys was mini-Mom – she had only one child who utterly adored her – Elvis was the second born, his “older” brother was stillborn and a later pregnancy miscarried.
After Elvis’ death and the attempt to steal his body, Vernon got the city of Memphis to allow for a private cemetary at Graceland and Elvis and his mother were moved.
Vernon was buried there in 1979 and his mother, the infamous Dodger, died in 1980. Outliving her son and grandson.
I was surprised that Vernon is between Elvis and Gladys. There is a plaque for Jessie, Elvis’ stillborn twin who’s actual grave is unmarked and the site is not actually confirmed in Tupelo.
There is room for 1 more and I know I am curious if it’s gonna be Priscilla or Lisa Marie…..
well, there was in 1987 when I was standing there. it looks like they have made alterations….
In any case, Elvis was certainly tortured over his Mother’s death.
He only wanted to take care of her and his fame caused her such stress and distress that she fell into the family’s alcohol trap and was popping pills to lose weight.
Elvis used to use her speed diet pills before he went into the army.
His moving his parents to Texas so he could live off base didn’t help. Nor did being away from her usual doctors.
Elvis was in denial of her health condition and that probably played heavy on his mind in later years.
Certainly his relationships with other women paled in comparison and in many ways, Elvis is a stereotypical gay man over his Mom.
As Alanna Nash’s Baby Let’s Play House Book demonstrated very clearly, most of the women Elvis got the most hung up on was a babygirl version of his Mother.
from June to Debra Padget, to Priscilla and Ginger Alden, there is a visual connection and a reversal of the relationship in terms of dominance.
Which is why I think, if Elvis had married Anita Wood or Ann-Margaret, he’d probably still be alive today. Although… Linda Thompson was the last in that line of blondes with a backbone…..
in any case, Elvis was more the parent to his parents, referring to them as his babies even in interviews.
That his nickname for his mother and his wife were both “Satin” has rather icky connotations and explains his infamous inability to enjoy MILFs.
as much as it pains me to say,
When I read this book, it became clear to me that there was a childhood sexual abuse between them. I really hate to post that when Dee Stanley is still alive too. (update: Dee Stanley has died)
That book also was the first and I think still only one to talk about Gladys’ second miscarriage when Elvis was less than 5. A further loss to unite the family of three into a tighter bond.
Give us this day, Sept 4, our Daily Elvis 1948 Elvis filled in the blank lines of his parent’s marriage certificate with his own name and that of “Magdline” Morgan, a girl he knew from church. He wrote in September … Continue reading
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