The actress and the rock music icon divorced in 1973, just four years before his sudden death
During a Q&A event at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, the actress, 78, seemingly confirmed the rumor that she made a vow to never marry again as long as her ex-husband was alive.
“I just don't think that he could handle that,” she said of the late rock music icon, to whom she was married from 1967 to 1973.
Despite the fact that Elvis died in 1977, Priscilla kept that promise over the past four decades. “To be honest with you, I never wanted to marry after him. I never had any desire,” she said. “No one could ever match him.”
Priscilla also explained why she and Elvis chose not to have more children after welcoming their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, in 1968. “Elvis felt he had a very busy schedule and he did have a bit of guilt that he wasn't around that much when Lisa was younger,” she told the audience.
“With his scheduling and his touring, he just felt he wasn't around enough to give a lot of attention to having another child.”
In a separate conversation with British journalist Piers Morgan for TalkTV on Thursday, Priscilla admitted that Elvis' sudden death at age 42 still profoundly impacts her all these years later. She said she still vividly remembers his road manager, Joe Esposito, breaking the terrible news to her over the phone.
“I can still hear Joe Esposito's words, ‘Cilla, Elvis is dead’, and that was like, I just couldn't imagine him ever, especially at his age and all, still so young and wanting to do so much and had so much planned, and not having him, not talking to him, not having him be the father of our child," she told Morgan.
"My big fear was Lisa, and how do I tell her," she added. "She was only 9 at the time."
Priscilla also opened up about what drew her to Elvis, including his sharp sense of humor. The pair first met at a party in West Germany in 1959 when she was 14 and he was 24.
"He would walk into the room and it was like, 'Whoa,' " she explained of his captivating presence. "I mean, he didn't realize what he had as far as his appearance or what he felt or his charisma, but there was a few times when he came around and he said, 'Damn, I'm good looking,' kiddingly, when he would be in his bathroom and he would be getting ready to go somewhere, but he had a great sense of humor.”
She also remembered the "Jailhouse Rock" singer as incredibly caring, describing a time when he drove by a car dealership in Memphis and saw a woman looking at the automobiles. In a spontaneous gesture of generosity, he surprised the woman by buying her a brand new blue Cadillac.
"That's him, that's what he would do," Priscilla said. "Anyone in trouble, he would give them money. Anyone who had a problem, with anything really and they couldn't afford it, even with some of the guys who needed medical care, he would pay for it."
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Priscilla praised Coppola, 52, for her honest rendering of her personal story. “I think she did some homework. I mean she and I, we talked about it, and living with Elvis Presley, people think, ‘Oh how wonderful, it's great, it's Elvis Presley,' but I went through the ups and downs with him in a very crucial part of his life," she said in her TalkTV interview.
"His ups and downs, his struggles, his fears, so when you are living with someone so famous, and you have been through it with them, it's that part of privacy that is hard to give up, it's hard to share. I don't want to give out too much because I want some of that myself, that's just for me," she continued.
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