Priscilla Beaulieu became Priscilla Presley on May 1, 1967, when she married Elvis Presley at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.
But the love story of Priscilla and Elvis was by no means romantic. The couple met in 1959, nearly seven years before they finally tied the knot. Elvis served in the U.S. Army, and Priscilla was just 14 years old at the time.
After giving phone calls, letters, and photos for more than two years, Elvis and Priscilla still saw the potential for a long-term relationship. Priscilla’s parents allowed her to spend Christmas with Elvis at Graceland in 1962. In her 1985 memoir, Elvis and Me, Priscilla looked back on one said incident from that horrible, less romantic trip.
Elvis gave Priscilla two sleeping pills, she said
After much cajoling, Priscilla’s parents willingly agreed to let her spend Christmas 1962 with her much older boyfriend at his Memphis estate.
After flying out of Germany, Priscilla – still a teenager – was amazed at her first sight of Graceland dressed in holiday lights. Elvis and Priscilla spent the afternoon with family and members of the Memphis Mafia, and called only at 4 in the morning.
Priscilla was exhausted from her long flight, as well as staying up for two days in advance out of great pleasure. In Elvis and Me, she said Elvis gave her two red pills she did not recognize to help her get some rest.
“I didn’t need anything,” she said, “but he said, saying they would help me sleep better and were a little stronger than I had been before. ”
Priscilla missed two days of her trip
When she finally arrived, Priscilla wrote that she heard someone say to Elvis, “’You didn’t get her a givin’ business’ something she’s not used to. Son, maybe we should call a doctor. She is in bad shape. I don’t think we should take any chances. “
But King of Rock and Roll wouldn’t have that, Priscilla said. She heard him say, “Hell no, we don’t call any doctor. Look, she’s funny. ”
Elvis seemed worried about Priscilla’s mood and told her she had been lying on the cheese lounge in his office after the first day she was in bed. She recalled that he had told her that she was “out for two days on two còig Five hundred milligrams Placidyls. ”
While Elvis admitted that he had to be “out of his head” to give the pills to his young girlfriend, he promised to make up for it (and, at least in her books, he did so – with a modern puppy gift on Christmas Eve).
As for Priscilla, she had little concern; she even gave Elvis a “wink and giddy grin” when she woke up. She was largely concerned at the time about missing two full days of her expected trip.