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May 23, 2022 at 10:49 am

There was never a dull moment at Graceland when Lisa Marie visited Elvis.

There was never a dull moment at Graceland when Lisa Marie visited Elvis.

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By Thomas Curtis-Horsfall

Lisa Marie Presley only knew her father for the first nine years of her life.

Lisa Marie was born on February 1, 1968 when Elvis Presley was still one of the biggest stars in the world.

Despite his fame and fortune, he still took his time to form a beautiful bond with his only child.

Although Elvis and Lisa Marie’s mother, Priscilla, separated in 1972, she regularly visited The King at his Graceland home during school vacations while she was living in Los Angeles with Priscilla.

And as a parent who only saw her on special occasions, that meant they spent their time together doing all sorts of mischief and fun.

In interviews speaking about her father in the years since his death, she playfully referred to herself as “terror.”

Due to Elvis’ hectic touring and promotional schedule, as well as his penchant for living to excess, he often slept all day after partying all night.

Elvis absolutely loved his only child.

Elvis absolutely loved his only child.

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Lisa Marie was in full control of Graceland while visiting her father.

Lisa Marie was in full control of Graceland while visiting her father.

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This meant that Lisa Marie was free to roam around his Graceland home without worrying about her mother’s prying eyes.

But when the two of them were dating, it sounds like they made the best of it.

Lisa Marie recalled spending her days in Memphis while appearing on CBS’ The Talk in 2013:

“He slept all day, so me and my friends had quite a bit of Graceland. And I knew no one would tell me what to do because they would be fired.”

“To be honest, I was really a scare. He and I spent a lot of time together upstairs; the upper part of Graceland is basically his room and my room.”

“Then I had to be with him. He had put a small chair in my room and a TV.”

The upper rooms at Graceland are notoriously private and to this day closed to the public.

Probably because Lisa Marie – who owns the mansion that opened as a museum 40 years ago – still respects how private Elvis was and that’s where they bonded the most.

Even the “Memphis Mafia” (as they called his closest circle of friends who frequented his house) did not have full access to the entire property.

It’s no secret that Lisa Marie had a tragic life.

First she had to deal with the very public death of her father when she was just nine years old, but then the death in 2020 of her son Benjamin Keough, who was just 28 years old.

Like any child who loses a parent, she’s no doubt trying to cherish the short-lived relationship and the many moments they had together.

Danny Smith, the son of Elvis’ cousin Billy, recently shared fond memories of the two on his YouTube channel Memphis Mafia Kid.

He revealed how Elvis rented out entire cinemas and took them all to see the latest films as he is a movie buff himself.

A family photo from 1970, but Elvis and Priscilla split two years later.  (Photo by GAB Archives/Redferns)

A family photo from 1970, but Elvis and Priscilla split two years later. (Photo by GAB Archives/Redferns).

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Lisa Marie with her mother Priscilla in Las Vegas, 1995. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)

Lisa Marie with her mother Priscilla in Las Vegas, 1995. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage).

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If it wasn’t movie theaters, it was theme parks where The King rented out Liberty Land for days so he could ride endless roller coasters with his daughter and girlfriends like Linda Thompson and Ginger Alden.

He also regularly took Lisa Marie shopping and had fun driving golf carts together at Graceland.

Reportedly, his very last Christmas present for his daughter was her own to drive around the estate in 1976.

Danny Smith recalled, “There was never a dull moment when she was at Graceland, I can guarantee that.”

Though they certainly had rough times together out in the world, Elvis made sure to maximize quality time with his beloved daughter.

“They had their father-daughter time off, he played with her and they talked,” Danny recalls of his time at Graceland.

“He loved it when he had Lisa.”

It was clearly one of the most special times in her life, and watching the preview for the Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis biopic can only rekindle those precious memories.

Lisa Marie, who has seen the film not once, but twice and called the film “absolutely exquisite,” approves of Austin Butler’s portrayal of her father.

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