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Lisa Marie Presley (born February 1, 1968) is an Americanmarker singer-songwriter, she is also known as the Princess of Rock 'n' Roll. She is the daughter of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley.

Early life

Lisa Marie Presley was born in Memphis, Tennesseemarker, exactly nine months after her parents' May 1, 1967, wedding. Until her parents' divorce, she lived at Gracelandmarker, Elvis' Memphis estate. She was pampered and indulged by her father —she divided her time between living at Gracelandmarker with her father and in Beverly Hillsmarker with her mother. This arrangement continued until her father died in 1977, after which she lived exclusively in Beverly Hillsmarker. When her father died, Lisa Marie became the sole heir and inherited Gracelandmarker, his legendary estate in Memphis. As a teenager, Lisa Marie became a member of the Church of Scientology, where she met her first husband, Danny Keough.

Presley's mother sent her to several boarding schools. She attended the 10th grade at an alternative boarding school in Ojai, California, called Happy Valley School. The last secondary school she attended was the Scientology-affiliated Apple School (later known as Los Feliz Hills School) in Los Angelesmarker.

After the death of her loving father, Lisa and her mother had serious problems in their relationship. The key reason of this disharmony was her mother’s live-in boyfriend Michael Edwards. Her mother often left her with Michael due to her commitments as a TV actress. After Priscilla broke up with Edwards, he admitted his lust for Lisa In his book titled Priscilla, Elvis & Me.

Music career

In her early twenties, she was managed by her father's friend Jerry Schilling and recorded a demo in 1992. When Schilling told her he had negotiated a recording contract for her, she rejected it. In 1997, she recorded a duet of the song "Don't Cry Daddy" with her father using the original recording of his vocals and mixing it with her new vocals. It was never released for marketing, but the music video was shown at the 20th Anniversary Elvis concert in Memphis. In 1998, she signed a deal with Capitol Recordsmarker. Her debut album was originally scheduled for release in 2000, though it took longer than expected for Presley to write every song on the album.

On April 8, 2003, Presley released her debut album, To Whom It May Concern. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified gold in June 2003. Presley wrote all the lyrics and co-wrote some of the melodies. To promote it, she presented a concert in the UKmarker, something that her father never did. The album's first single, "Lights Out", reached # 18 on the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 chart and #16 on the UK charts. Eight months before the album's release, Presley performed "Nobody Noticed It" at the 25th Anniversary.

Her second album, Now What debuted number 9 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It was certified gold in November 2005. Presley co-wrote 10 songs and recorded covers of Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" (the album's first single, which hit #36 on the Billboard 100 AC singles chart). and The Ramones' "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow". The song "Idiot" is a jab towards different men in her life. Unlike her first album, Now What included a Parental Advisory sticker. Both albums, as of 2006, have been certified platinum. Presley covers Blue Öyster Cult's Burnin' for you as a b-side.

In August 2007, the single In the Ghetto was released. Elvis Presley originally released the single in 1969. In the new version, Lisa Marie "duets" with her father. The video that was simultaneously released with the single reached #1 on the iTunes sales and #16 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart. All of the profits were donated to a Scientology-related charity.

In October 2009, she joined singer Richard Hawley on stage in Londonmarker for an encore, she sang vocals on a song the pair have been working on called 'Weary'.Hawley wants to help Presley relaunch her music career, and the two have embarked on a songwriting partnership in which Lisa Marie writes the lyrics and Hawley the music. In a new interview Presley said that she is currently recording a new album in Londonmarker.

Personal life

At the age of twenty, Presley married her musician boyfriend Danny Keough on October 3, 1988. During their six year relationship, they had two children together, Danielle Riley, born May 29, 1989 and Benjamin Storm, born October 21, 1992. In April 1994, Presley announced that she and Keough were separating, but would remain on good terms for their children's sake. Later that month, she flew to the Dominican Republicmarker to get a quick divorce, which was finalized on May 6, 1994. In the years since their divorce, Presley and Keough have remained friends and even written some songs together. Keough lives in the guest house on the same property as her home. He home-schooled their children during her musical tours.

Twenty days after her divorce from Keough, Presley married singer Michael Jackson on May 26, 1994, in the Dominican Republicmarker. They had first met when the seven-year-old Presley attended several of his shows in Las Vegasmarker. According to, when they met again years later, "things moved very quickly", with Jackson proposing over the telephone after four months. They stayed in contact every day over the telephone. As child molestation accusations became public, Jackson became dependent on Lisa Marie for emotional support; she was concerned about his faltering health and his addiction to drugs. Lisa Marie explained, "I believed he didn't do anything wrong, and that he was wrongly accused and, yes, I started falling for him. I wanted to save him. I felt that I could do it." Shortly afterwards, she tried to persuade Jackson to settle the allegations out of court and go into rehab to recover. He subsequently did both. Recently, Presley issued a statement on her MySpace blog regarding Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, stating that she was "gutted", and that she felt she had "failed" to help save him from "the inevitable".

In 1995, she appeared in nothing but a towel around her waist in the music video for his song "You Are Not Alone". It was one of the few instances where their affection for one another was exhibited in public. The marriage was, in her words, "a married couple's life ... that was sexually active". Presley filed for divorce in January 1996, but the couple remained friendly.

In 2005, Presley was considered as a witness for Jackson's trial after he had been charged with child molestation. She released a statement saying that she never saw her then-husband engage in "improper behavior with children". Jackson was found not guilty of the charges.

Presley was engaged in 2000 to rocker John Oszajca. She broke off the engagement after meeting actor Nicolas Cage at a party. Her relationship with Cage was on-again/off-again from the beginning. They were married on August 10, 2002, in an outdoor wedding at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaiimarker. Cage had proposed just ten days earlier. An avid Elvis fan, Cage is said to be the only person outside the immediate Presley family to have been allowed to see Elvis' bedroom at Gracelandmarker. He filed for divorce after 108 days of marriage, on November 25, 2002, just two days after the couple appeared looking happy together at the premiere of Adaptation. The divorce was finalized on May 26, 2004. The divorce proceeding lasted longer than the marriage.

Presley married for a fourth time on January 22, 2006, to Michael Lockwood. Lockwood is her guitarist, music producer, and director. Keough served as best man at the couple's wedding, held in Japanmarker. Priscilla Presley walked her down the aisle in front of 16 guests. In March 2008, Presley announced that she was pregnant, following speculation over her apparent weight gain. Her husband is a first-time father. On October 7, 2008, Presley gave birth to fraternal twin girls, Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love via Caesarean section. The twins weighed 5 pounds 2 ounces (2.3 kg) and 5 lb 15oz (2.7 kg) respectively.

Presley slated that she and her family have moved to Englandmarker: ‘We have found the quality of life so much more enriching and fulfilling. The civility, the culture, the people and its beauty have reawakened me and have smoothed out some of my bleak and jagged views about people and life.’

Elvis Presley estate

Elvis' will appointed his father Vernon Presley as executor and trustee. The beneficiaries were Lisa Marie, along with her grandfather Vernon and great-grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley. The will provided that Vernon could, at his discretion, provide funds to other family members as needed. Vernon died in 1979, and Minnie Mae in 1980. This left Lisa Marie Presley as the sole heiress to the estate. Elvis' will stated that her inheritance was to be held in trust for her until her twenty-fifth birthday.

Vernon's will resulted in the appointment of three co-executors/co-trustees to succeed him. They were: the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, which was the bank with whom Elvis and Vernon had done business; Joseph Hanks, a long-time accountant for Elvis and Vernon; and Priscilla Presley.

Upon Lisa's twenty-fifth birthday, the trust automatically dissolved and Lisa formed a new trust, The Elvis Presley Trust, and continued to manage the estate, with her mother and the National Bank of Commerce continuing to serve as co-trustees.

In 1998, Lisa became more closely involved with the management team of The Elvis Presley Trust and its business entity, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.(EPE). She was owner and Chairman of the Board until February 2005, when she sold 85 percent of the estate's business holdings to CKX, Inc., excluding Gracelandmarker itself and the property within it.

Airplane "Lisa Marie"

Elvis' plane named after his daughter
Her father named one of his private aircraft, a converted Convair 880 jet (original passenger capacity: 100), after her. The airplane "Lisa Marie" is currently on exhibit at the Gracelandmarker mansion museum of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennesseemarker.



Year Title Chart positions
2003 To Whom It May Concern 5 52
2005 Now What 9
2009 TBA


Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. Top 40 U.S. AC UKmarker AUS NZ CANmarker Hot Digital Singles
2003 "Lights Out"
To Whom It May Concern
"Sinking In"
2005 "Dirty Laundry"
Now What
2007 "In The Ghetto" (With Elvis Presley) 1
iTunes Single

1"In The Ghetto" became available for purchase on iTunes (both song and video) on August 17, 2007. It premiered on August 16, at the 30th Anniversary Elvis Presley Tribute Concert in Memphis.



  1. It was only a matter of time before the Princess of Rock 'n' Roll decided to relye on her royal bloodline and make a music career.
  3. Billboard chartlist for 09.24.2003
  4. Lisa Marie Presley (II) Biography from Yahoo! Movies
  5. Billboard Bubbling Hot 100
  8. Taraborrelli, p. 518–520
  9. Taraborrelli, p. 510
  11. Taraborrelli, p. 609
  12. Taraborrelli, p. 562–564
  13. Taraborrelli, p. 580–581
  14. He knew - Jackson predicted his early demise
  15. The Jackson Verdict - - Michael Jackson Trial, Michael Jackson :
  17. Cage-Presley Union Now a Memory
  18. Lisa Marie Presley Announces Pregnancy
  21. Woman's Day (magazine) pp4-7, February 2, 2009
  23. Elvis Presley Enterprises Corporate Information
  24. Billboard ±Albums Chart History
  25. - Lisa Marie Presley - To Whom It May Concern
  26. Billboard chartlist for 09.24.2003
  27., UK Top 40 Chart Archive
  28. -Lisa Marie Presley - Lights Out
  29. Billboard chartlist for 08.26.2003
  30. Billboard Singles Chart History


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