With Elvis off making films in Hollywood and Priscilla back at Graceland, Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis’s manager, decided the pair should marry.
Christmas 1966, Elvis proposed and they were hitched in Vegas the following May 1967.
Sex before marriage: That first night with Elvis, ‘he made love to her in every way short of penetration.
He cooled her club desires by helping her mother out financially and sent in one of his lawyers to secure the divorce from Ginger’s father.
Two were 25-year old self-proclaimed virgins – ‘an impossible dream for Elvis who was obsessed with virginity’ – and the other, hardly a virgin.
Wearing his lengthy Edwardian jacket draped around his shoulders and purple tunic underneath with his hairy chest exposed, he looked like he had stepped out of a horror movie or was wearing a Halloween costume.
On one occasion, as she got into her car, Elvis fired shots over her head. Another time, he had an aide let the air out of her tires.
He threatened to lock the gates of Graceland to keep her in.