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07 Mär 2009 16:23 #724473 von Colonel
Sex with Elvis Presley
Was the King of Rock bi-sexual? -- Peggy Lipton's experience proves rumours
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"This was the kind of sex with Elvis" reports the largest European Newspaper Bild-Zeitung on June 10, 2005. The photo collage shows the singer and the US beauty Peggy Lipton. In her biography, she remembers: Elvis was a bedroom disappointment.
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Hamburg/New York/ Los Angeles (bpb) The US beauty Peggy Lipton removes the taboo not to talk about the sexual orientation of Elvis Presley. Peggy's career began in 1960s. At the age of eighteen , Peggy was a successful model in New York. Moving to Los Angeles in the mid 1960s, she made early TV appearances as a young teen in "The Virginian" and in 1964 in the episode # 20 of the new "Bewitched. Since then, she became a respected actress and author. Her books and diaries contain reports on her relations to prominent musicians in her young years. The evergreen in these reports is her information about Elvis Presley.

The largest European Newspaper Bild Zeitung in Hamburg has just published a most interesting report by Tom Junkersdorf: the legendary rocker Elvis Presley turned out to be a bedroom disappointment, when he attempted to bed the1970s icon Peggy Lipton. He couldn't get aroused, she remembers.

The former MOD SQUAD beauty, who lists SIR PAUL McCARTNEY and KEITH MOON among her sexual conquests, was disappointed when her liaison with the King of Rock 'N' Roll turned into an anti-climax. Lipton, ex-wife of veteran musician QUINCY JONES, recalls, "He took me away on his plane and brought me up to Tahoe, I believe. We tried to go to bed right away..."

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Lipton further: "There was nothing to talk about with Elvis. He was either doing his karate thing or eating. There was really no dialogue there, so we went to bed right away and it just didn't happen for him. We tried a few more times, and nothing ever happened, so I just let it go."

The description of her own experiences proves the old rumours: Elvis Presley was bisexual, and could not do much with experienced women. Unfortunately, up to now no one described clearly and truly his or her sexual experience with Elvis. Only his wife Priscilla should know, how was the hetero-sex in the few years of being married to Elvis. It was in the US Army in Germany, when Elvis met Priscilla Beaulieu, his later wife. Priscilla was only 14 years old, when they where introduced.

The journalist Joe F. Bodenstein, who knew Elvis during his Army time in Europe, was surprised about this relation. He said to Elvis: "Priscilla is a child. Sexual contacts with a girl of her age are against law in Germany." Elvis replied: "Young girls are better to control and dominate." Presley confided to Bodenstein during his army life about his sexuality: "I am very lonesome in the night. With whom should I have sex in the barracks? With a soldier perhaps? In my situation, I cannot trust either a girl, or a guy. I always feel exposed to danger. In the end, they could talk about me, or blackmail me.
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Peggy Lipton today: She is an attractive lady of 57 years. She was married, has two children and friends say: It is admirable, how Peggy managed her life in all situations.

Decades after her meetings with Presley, Peggy Lipton keeps Elvis in good memory. ."It wasn't the most important thing to say that I had really done something with Elvis. I kind of was interested in his heart and his soul. "He was very persistent in getting to know me, which I found interesting, so I saw him a number of times. But I did like him as a person. I thought he was kind of a beautiful person."

No doubt: many of Elvis fans can feel with Peggy. It is so, since the world fell in love with the handsome guy from Tupelo, Mississippi. In 2005 he would have celebrated his 70th birthday. The fascination in Elvis Presley and the interest in his sexual orientation will continue. Who would be shocked to hear some more of his secrets? Hollywood star Rock Hudson remained every woman's darling, even after his coming out.
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07 Mär 2009 16:27 #724474 von Colonel
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10. Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson has the power to make grown men go weak at the knees. A blonde bombshell with acting talent to burn, she graduated from indie roles in films like Ghost World (2001) to international stardom in Lost In Translation (2003). As the object of Bill Murray's desire in Sofia Coppola's Japan set movie, Johansson seduced the world. The opening of the film, in which the camera lingers on her shapely behind, is one of the sexiest moments captured on film. Further roles as a seductress in Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003), In Good Company (2004) and Match Point (2005) have confirmed Johansson as a peerless sex symbol.

9. Johnny Depp
The man who can make scissorhands sexy, Johnny Depp is a sex symbol for almost every generation you can think of. Teenagers fancy him in films like What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998). Adults fancy him in roles like Donnie Brasco (1997), Finding Neverland (2004) and Pirates Of The Caribbean (2003). You'd have to be pretty weird to fancy him in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005) though, as he looks a little too much like Michael Jackson.

8. Kylie
They must be the sexiest sisters in the world. Kylie & Dannii have been figures of fantasy since they were the teenage stars of Neighbours and Home And Away respectively. Having dominated the Australian soaps, the pair then both decided to become pop stars. Although Kylie has won the battle of the charts and used her cute rear to sell far more records, Dannii has dated formula one drivers and appeared in Playboy.

7. George Clooney
Was George Clooney the sexiest TV doctor ever? After years as a jobbing TV actor in Hollywood, Clooney hit the big time in the medical drama ER, starring as the womanising Dr. Doug Ross. His classical good looks and the twinkle in his eye make him irresistible to women the world over. Roles in films like Out Of Sight (1998), Three Kings (1999), A Perfect Storm (2000), Ocean's Eleven (2001) and Intolerable Cruelty (2003) have placed him at the top of Hollywood's A-List ? best to forget Batman And Robin. The ultimate older man.

6. Lara Croft

The first of the sexy videogame characters, Lara Croft is an international sensation. The Amazonian heroine of the Tomb Raider series is a kind of upper-class British Indiana Jones. Her pneumatic figure, gun toting attitude and tight shorts made Lara the fantasy of gamers everywhere. The fact that Angelina Jolie was hired to bring Lara to life in the Tomb Raider movie franchise has only added to her status as a sex symbol. In her most recent incarnation however, Lara's considerable assets have been toned down to make her more appealing to female players.

5. Brad Pitt

Do we even need to explain that women find Brad Pitt sexy? The Hollywood star with the body of marble exploded onto the movie scene as Geena Davies' seducer, in Thelma & Louise (1991), and since then he hasn't looked back. Able to charm mass audiences in blockbusters like Ocean's Eleven and Troy, and turn in blistering performances in edgy movies like Se7en and Fight Club, Pitt has proved himself a talented actor. Will Pitt's status as a sex symbol fall now that his fairytale marriage to Jennifer Aniston has ended, or will all the girls simply blame Angelina Jolie?

4. Beyonce
The woman who put the crazy in love is one of the music world's biggest sex symbols. One of the founding members and lead singer of Destiny's Child, it helped that her dad was the manager; Beyonce threw off the shackles of being in a group and went solo in 2003. Now, she is a 'triple threat', with successful albums, movies and perfumes pulling in millions. We should celebrate Beyonce; she's one of the few female members of the A-List that doesn't seem to be starving herself to death.

3. Marilyn Monroe
One of the most celebrated stars Hollywood has ever produced, for many Marilyn Monroe is the most famous sex symbol that ever lived. Her first role was in The Asphalt Jungle (1950), but after 20th Century Fox signed her, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955) propelled her star into the stratosphere. Haunted by psychological problems, Monroe would turn to drugs and be dead by 1962, but she has remained an icon of sex in the West (rather ironically as she is supposed to have hated it). Although her acting talent is often ignored, Monroe also turned in marvellous performances in Some Like It Hot (1959) and The Misfits (1961).

2. Elvis
The King of sex symbols in music, Elvis is still the most attractive man in pop years after his death. When the young Elvis brought rock'n'roll into the mainstream singing for RCA Records in the 1950s, his gyrating hips created hysteria in a whole generation of teenage girls. So frightened of his sexual power was conservative America, that TV companies were banned from filming him below the waist. Elvis had sold over 600m records by the time he died, and probably seduced nearly as many women.

1. Angelina Jolie
The daughter of John Voight may have won an Oscar for Girl, Interrupted, but it was her uplifting performance as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider that established Jolie as an international sex symbol. Her kinkiness ? wearing a vial of partner Billy Bob Thornton's blood around her neck ? only seems to increase Jolie's sex appeal. After Brad Pitt succumbed to her charms after starring alongside her in Mr & Mrs Smith, Hollywood wives everywhere must be praying their husband doesn't become Jolie's next co-star.

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07 Mär 2009 16:38 #724475 von Colonel
Byron Raphael with Alanna Nash:
"In Bed with Elvis,"
Playboy, November 2005, Vol. 52, Iss. 11, p.64-68, 76, 140.
The article claims that "the so-called dangerous rock-and-roll idol was anything but a despotic ruler in the bedroom ... He was far more interested in heavy petting and panting and groaning" and "he would never put himself inside one of these girls ... within minutes he’d be asleep."

Elvis Presley: Dead Fish
Elvis Presley was reportedly a flop in bed. Byron Raphael, who was "Elvis's pimp" from 1956 to 1960, claims a string of famous beauties told him the hip-swivelling lothario was a disaster between the sheets.
Elvis's right hand man goes on to tell the November issue of America's Playboy magazine how screen icon Marilyn Monroe scorned the singer's advances, while actress Natalie Wood moaned The King "didn't know how to screw".

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Barbara Leigh Interview:
Did Elvis grope for a cigarette after? What turned Elvis on? In this exclusive interview Barbara Leigh Elvis' lover for 3 years is not shy in coming forward with intimate details of her between the sheets with the King
Barbara Leigh was born in Ringgold, Georgia. Ringgold sits on the border of Chattanooga, Tennessee. At the age of 19 Barbara and her family moved to Los Angeles, California. There she began to work as a nurse, raising her small son. She was soon divorced and settled into the life of a single mother.

Her agent Dick Clayton was well known for discovering James Dean, amongst other major celebrities. It was a great break for Barbara to have been signed by him. She began to study acting with Charles Conrad, and also signed with Ashley Famous for commercials. Her first commercial effort was for Coca-Cola.
The book, THE KING, MCQUEEN AND THE LOVE MACHINE due in 2002 Leigh reveals her three-way love affair with Presley, Steve McQueen & James Aubrey, head of MGM Studios. Proceeding the books' release, Leigh gives ElvisPresleyNews this exclusive interview in which she was not shy in coming forward with intimate details of her time between the sheets with Elvis.

Hi Lea! Thank you for the opportunity to answers these questions for your Elvis site. First, I don't have any pictures of E and myself as he was married and I was an upcoming "starlet" so we were very careful not to have any taken together. I wish I'd insisted on one for my personal use but I wasn't smart enough to ask.
Now to answer your questions best I can, as there are some risqué questions here (smile).

HOW DID YOU MEET ELVIS? I met Elvis in Las Vegas with Jim Aubrey when Jim Aubrey (I called him James) took me to see E's show at the Hilton. We were invited back stage to meet the King. Jim Aubrey was the president of MGM studios and produced a film called "That's The Way It Is" starring "E", a documentary of sorts.
I couldn't believe that I was going to meet him, as I'd ALWAYS adored Elvis since the first time I saw him on the Ed Sullivan show. I think I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade but I still knew enough to think that the man I was watching was special. I tried to emulate some of his moves and was quickly sent to bed.

Elvis was changing his clothes. I sat down in the middle of the room at a round table next to Chris Nelson, Rick's wife and Jim Aubrey. The room had a lot of people mostly celebrities and friends that came to pay their respects. Jim Aubrey and Chris both got up to talk to others in the room leaving me there at the table. I had my back to Elvis's door leading to his direct changing room. I felt a presence then turned around to see Elvis sitting in a chair staring directly into my eyes. He never looked away, not ever to acknowledge anyone but me while I was there except later when James came over to interrupt us.

He asked me my name, paid me numerous compliments and asked me if he could call me. Of course I was totally overwhelmed and said yes. At the same moment he handed me under the table a tiny, thin pencil and a small piece of paper. I quickly jotted down my number and handed it back to him. As we did this our hands touched one another, he squeezed my hands and smiled at the same time. I felt a bolt of lighting shoot through my body. I felt if I'd died right there, I would have been happy, cause I got to meet the King, and he held my hands. Jim Aubrey must have felt the connection between Elvis and me and wanted us to leave. I didn't want to budge; I needed to be pinched to know I was alive because I was in a trance. Elvis was gorgeous, the MOST beautiful man I'd ever seen. And when he smiled the whole world lit up for me. He was gracious to James and invited us back to see his show. Elvis was and will ALWAYS be the King to me in everyway. His kindness and love for others is a legacy to us all!

DID HE TAKE IT FOR GRANTED A WOMAN WOULD HAVE SEX WITH HIM?
I don't think that Elvis thought in the terms of every woman having or wanting to have sex with him. If he wanted to have sex with a woman she knew it and if the feeling was mutual then he acted on that. Maybe, every women he met wanted to have sex with him but I doubt it because in the end he wasn't into sex that much but more into religion, teaching and sharing his thoughts with anyone who wanted to listen. He loved being the teacher, sharing his knowledge of his favorite books with his pupils.

WAS HE SADISTIC OR PASSIVE IN HIS LOVEMAKING?
Regarding Elvis as a lover, I can honestly say that he was neither sadistic nor passive. He was a man making love to his woman at that time, and he was a passionate lover when he wanted to be. He was the BEST KISSER of any man I've ever kissed. The King, McQueen and the Love Machine is available: Barbara Leigh

Sheila Ryan: Our relationship was passionate and I'm surprised to hear that women that I know, because at the time there were basically two. There was myself and Linda Thompson and we were sort of running the race. At first, he was seeing her and then I came along. It was sort of like a horserace. We were neck and neck and then I fell behind. But I'd heard that he didn't have a lot of intimacy with women. That mostly he did, a lot of talking and staying up and reading. But we did have a very active passionate romantic life. Sometimes more than I was ready for, prepared for. Sometimes I was tired and it was no, no, no. So, you know, I'm really surprised to hear that other women had, a problem with the lack of intimacy and sex.

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07 Mär 2009 18:04 #724480 von Vincent-The-Falcon
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10 Mär 2009 18:09 #724905 von Gelöschter Nick

Peggy Lipton

Die Dame erwähnt Elvis ja auch bei Take 1 von "Susan When She Tried".

Vielleicht sollte sie mal darüber nachdenken, dass Elvis' panische Angst vor außerehelichem Nachwuchs und - insbesondere zu dieser Zeit - die heftigen Medikamente weiteres verhindert haben. Manche Frauen können es halt nicht verknusen, wenn ein Mann bei ihnen nicht kann oder will,und erklären ihn dann vorsichtshalber gleich mal für schwul. Wenn Männer das genauso täten, dann wäre diese Welt voller Lesben.

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10 Mär 2009 18:31 #724907 von Gelöschter Nick

Presley confided to Bodenstein during his army life about his sexuality: "I am very lonesome in the night. With whom should I have sex in the barracks? With a soldier perhaps? In my situation, I cannot trust either a girl, or a guy. I always feel exposed to danger. In the end, they could talk about me, or blackmail me.

Dass Elvis diesen Satz nie gesagt haben kann und dieser Schmierfink ihm das einfach nur in den Mund gelegt hat, erkennt man schon am fehlerhaft recherchierten Inhalt: Warum sollte Elvis Sex in der Kaserne haben? Darauf war er doch gar nicht angewiesen, er schlief bekanntlich nie in der Kaserne, so wie die anderen Soldaten, sondern bewohnte erst ein Hotel und dann ein eigenes Haus. Da konnte er machen, was er will - und tat es auch. Mit Elisbeth Stefianak soll er es z.B. regelmäßig bunt getrieben haben.

Wenn man schon Mist erfindet und ihn anderen in den Mund legt, sollte man wenigstens sauber recherchieren und nicht so einen Quatsch erzählen, der sich mit den simpelsten, allgemein bekannten Fakten schon als Bullshit widerlegen lässt.

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10 Mär 2009 18:33 #724909 von Gelöschter Nick

So frightened of his sexual power was conservative America, that TV companies were banned from filming him below the waist.

Auch hier war mal wieder die Volksmärchenfront unterwegs. Man kann nicht einen einzigen Vorfall und somit die Ausnahme (letzte Ed Sullivan Show) zur Regel erklären. Wie glaubwürdig ist dann der Rest?

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10 Mär 2009 22:31 #724959 von Joe_E.

Die Dame erwähnt Elvis ja auch bei Take 1 von "Susan When She Tried".

Vielleicht sollte sie mal darüber nachdenken, dass Elvis' panische Angst vor außerehelichem Nachwuchs und - insbesondere zu dieser Zeit - die heftigen Medikamente weiteres verhindert haben. Manche Frauen können es halt nicht verknusen, wenn ein Mann bei ihnen nicht kann oder will,und erklären ihn dann vorsichtshalber gleich mal für schwul. Wenn Männer das genauso täten, dann wäre diese Welt voller Lesben.


I got over Peggy Lipton...! :up:

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10 Mär 2009 23:15 #724962 von Gelöschter Nick

I got over Peggy Lipton...! :up:

Eben. Er kam drüber, sie offenbar nicht, sonst müsste sie nicht so eine Scheiße ablassen.

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11 Mär 2009 15:02 #725065 von Colonel

sonst müsste sie nicht so eine Scheiße ablassen.

"Who Need Money Yes Me"...DAS wirds gewesen sein....fertisch...

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28 Mai 2009 13:43 #735634 von Eduardo
Wow! Peggy is very pretty!

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31 Mai 2009 05:02 #735902 von Eduardo
I found more about Barbara Leigh!

Question: Much has been written about your affair with Elvis Presley from 1970-1972, but strangely enough, not much is known. You've been able to keep the details under wraps for more than 25 years. Why have you finally decided to write "The King, McQueen and the Love Machine," a book about your relationship with Elvis now?

Barbara Leigh: Out of respect for Elvis, I never spoke of our relationship while he was alive. We kept our affair secret. Outside our immediate group of friends, no one knew for sure. Elvis was very much married at the time and I was what some would call a starlet. We were careful not to be photographed or appear together in public because had our relationship been discovered, I'm sure it would have been a huge scandal. After Elvis died I have only granted two interviews. The first one was a BIG disappointment. The author, Albert Goldman, wrote the despicable "Elvis!" in the early 1980s in which he tried to sell a lot of books by trashing Elvis' reputation. I met Mr. Goldman in New York City where we both lived in the late 1970s. He had contacted me through a friend with the intent to write about me, with or without an interview. I decided to at least meet with him and feel him out. When he arrived at my apartment, I was totally disarmed. His appearance was that of a quirky professor (which, he was) wearing sneakers, blue jeans, T-shirt & jacket. He smiled a lot and he seemed nice enough. I believed he was a fan, but he ultimately proved me wrong. Although he wrote my interview as given, he demeaned Elvis in every way possible. I never got past the first few pages, and I never read it again. I was sickened this man who never knew Elvis, and could write such horrible things about a wonderful human being. It was almost 20 years since I did another interview, the second one was with Peter Guralnick who wrote the best-selling book, "Last Train to Memphis." Based on his work, I decided to grant him an interview for "Careless Love," the sequel to "Last Train to Memphis." I met Peter through Joe Esposito and liked him right away. You could feel Peter's admiration for Elvis, and he made me proud. In 1996, I received a letter from the well-known biographer, Marshall Terrill, who wrote a best-selling biography called, "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel." Marshall wrote me because he wanted to do a book Elvis. I was already starting work on my book and actually telling my story into a tape recorder when he wrote, so I figured it was fate. I called him and we set up a meeting. Marshall lives in Arizona, so he flew to Los Angeles where we met at my apartment. Marshall's enthusiasm for me to tell my story won me over in that visit, plus the fact that he knew about the importance that Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen and James Aubrey had played in the 1970s was a bonus. I didn't have to explain to him who these powerful men were, and their place in pop culture history during this time period. Often at the Famous Chiller Theater Convention in NJ, and other convention's too I've been asked why didn't I write my autobiography. Although, this book is not a total autobiography of my life (it heavily covers the years 1970-1973) it gives you the feeling of reading my journals through these three years. After flying to Arizona to spend time with Marshall and work on the book, we decided after Marshall got to know me that there were too many books on Elvis alone and maybe the fans might enjoy reading a bigger romantic story. We changed direction of the book and wrote about a three-year period in my life when I dated these three famous men, and bring the readers up to date to where I am now. I had fun writing this book, but it wasn't easy to tell some very personal things. It's a little scary to share so much of myself, but I hope that anyone who reads our book will know that it was written with love-especially my love for Elvis.

Q: When and how did you first meet Elvis Presley?

Barbara Leigh: Elvis was introduced to me through my boyfriend, Jim Aubrey, who was the president of MGM studios at the time. He was a powerful player in Hollywood and was the inspiration for Jacqueline Susan's famous book and movie "The Love Machine." Jim took me to see Elvis' show at the Las Vegas Hilton in August 1970 because he was making arrangements for MGM to distribute, "Elvis: That's the Way It Is.". After the show we were invited to meet the King back in his private dressing room. I met Elvis face-to-face when he sat down next to me, staring directly into my eyes. He spotted me in the audience that night and was prepared to get my phone number that night without anyone seeing. He got a great delight out of stealing Jim Aubrey's girlfriend.

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Q: Where were you in terms of your career at this point?

Barbara Leigh: I was a successful international model at the height of my career, and was an inspiring actress just beginning to make some movie appearances. I was an ingenue in the movie business, and was very close to making a big breakthrough. I had a few films and television appearances under my belt, but my career took a big upturn with "Pretty Maids All in a Row" starring Rock Hudson.

Q: When did you first take notice of Elvis Presley?

Barbara Leigh: It must have been the first time I saw Elvis on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1956. I was just a kid, but I immediately loved him. My family and I were watching TV when Elvis appeared, and we didn't know what to think. His voice was beautiful, his moves were sexy; like nothing anyone had ever seen before. He was so free and alive. Elvis expressed who he was, and how he felt through his famous shaking and swiveling. He certainly got my attention as I got up and tried to move like he did, but was quickly sent to my room. Little did I ever dream that I would meet him one day.

Q: When did you know you'd be lovers?

Barbara Leigh: From that moment in his dressing room when we locked eyes, I knew we would be friends and lovers. I wished it! When Elvis wanted something he usually got it. As we spent time together our relationship grew. We tried spending as much time together as we could manage, but it wasn't easy with his career, his marriage, his other women and my work schedule. Life was always a challenge with the King.

Q: What was Elvis like behind closed doors?

Barbara Leigh: I think that Elvis was really a very simple man by nature, but complex through his megastardom and fame. He was what he appeared to be-honest, kind, generous, loving, and forever the entertainer. Fame and all the trappings can change a simple man into a complex man, and that's the way it was with E as with most celebrities. Their lives are no longer normal, and they belong to their fans.

Q: What was your main bond with Elvis?

Barbara Leigh: Elvis's spiritualism is well known by anyone who ever spent anytime with him. You couldn't help but see that in him. He was an old soul. I loved spending private time with E because that is when you saw the real Elvis. Often he shared his spiritual thoughts and knowledge that he learned from certain beloved books he cherished. I've been down on my knees praying with Elvis. If he thought prayer would help, he prayed. He was a humble man before God. He loved church, singing church hymns, which he did for me at Graceland while playing his piano. We sang "Amazing Grace" together. Elvis told me I had a beautiful voice, and always made me feel special. He had that rare gift, and he wasn't afraid to use it. He was a dear, dear man.

Q: It didn't bother you that Elvis often surrounded himself with women, and of course, he was still married to Priscilla?

Barbara Leigh: Elvis was the King, and a King has to have his harem, right? I didn't think about him being married or about the many, many other women in his life. When we were together I tried living in the now. The '70's philosophy of "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass which, was a book that Elvis liked and so did I. It was a popular mantra of the day that professed to live only in the now. I never believed that I was the only girlfriend, and I accepted Elvis for the time we spent together. I was lucky enough to share with him and I never asked him any questions, and he did likewise. We didn't ask any questions about other relationships because we knew what the answer would be. I took the bad with the good. The only time it bothered me was when I'd have to compete for his attention at the Vegas Hilton when beautiful girls were showing up and trying to steal the King's heart in front of me. That was tough.

Q: As you mentioned before, you were already involved with James Aubrey and was about to embark on an affair with Steve McQueen. How did Elvis accept that?

Barbara Leigh: Elvis knew about Jim Aubrey because we met through "James," but he admired Aubrey and looked up to him. The feeling was mutual because Jim liked Elvis and admired him, too. They were total opposites, it's partly what attracted them to each other. Jim had the sophistication and charm of Ayan Rand's Howard Rowark's character from the "Fountainhead," and Elvis had the genteel charm of a southerner. Elvis later found out about Steve McQueen when I was filming "Junior Bonner"in Prescott, Arizona. Elvis decided he wanted to visit me in Arizona, and it was an awkward moment. Elvis basically forced me to tell him that I was dating Steve, and living with him on location. Elvis and Steve were more alike in that they both came from nothing, and there was fierce competition between the two. Elvis referred to Steve as "that motorcycle hick" while Steve referred to Elvis as "that guitar hick."

Q: What was it like to be on tour with Elvis in the early 1970s?

Barbara Leigh: Touring with Elvis was exciting at first, but quickly became tiresome. The best part was always watching Elvis on stage, I could never get enough of seeing him perform and hearing him sing. The bad part, however, outweighed the good. The bad included horrible food, lack of rest, too much female competition and little private time with the King. I loved flying next to Elvis on his planes, and it gave us time to talk without being interrupted. I had his undivided attention because he couldn't go anywhere. And those were the times that made it all worthwhile.

Q: What were some funny or endearing quirks Elvis had that brings a smile to your face?

Barbara Leigh: One of Elvis's endearing quirks was that he could never pass a mirror without stopping to check himself out. He just had to make sure he was still the King (laughs). It was done in a way that was so sweet and funny that I didn't take it seriously, and neither did he, but there wasn't a mirror he didn't like. Elvis also had a great sense of humor and loved playing practical jokes on the guys and whoever was there. Elvis also couldn't keep a secret to save his life. If he swore not to repeat something, you could count on him spilling his guts. He just couldn't keep a secret well.

Q: What was special about Elvis as a human being?

Barabara Leigh: Elvis was the most generous person I've ever met both with his money and himself. He loved giving gifts and watching people's faces when they got them. There wasn't a motive to his sharing other than just his love. With Elvis, a lot of getting a BIG gift was being there at the right time and place. In one of his many generous moods, he decided to buy Charlie Hodge a Mercedes car. Lucky for me, I was there at the time, and I got a little brown Mercedes. It was an exciting experience for all us all, but Elvis was the most excited because he truly loved to give. I loved my little brown Mercedes, and Elvis knew it. Elvis loved to adorn his women with beautiful clothes, and he loved getting guns or us too, so we'd be safe. He loved giving jewelry and surprising you when you least expected it. It was Elvis's joy to give and make people happy, he shared all these things with me as well as many others. He was truly one-of-a-kind.

Q: What led to your eventual breakup, and did you keep in touch?

Barabara Leigh: Our schedules became more and more difficult to align, and gradually after he met Linda Thompson in 1972, it was pretty much over. We remained friends but drifted apart romantically. Through the years we kept in touch through Joe. And, from time to time Elvis would see one of my commercials, or Playboy layouts, or see my Vampirella magazines and he'd call to catch up on what was going on. He always kept tabs on me through Joe.

Q: As we get ready to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his death, why do you think Elvis Presley is more popular than ever?

Barabara Leigh: Elvis's music is the one true GIFT he's left behind, and it is continually being shared with the world. The music will never die, but apart from that, it's the other intangible things that keep him alive-his love, his laughter, his films, all the photos that we see and have access to will keep him alive for generations to come. I don't think it's bad to worship something that makes you feel good. And Elvis' memory makes people and fans feel happy. He will live forever in the hearts of all his fans. From my perspective, Elvis isn't dead, he's just left the building.

"The King, McQueen and the Love Machine" can be ordered in both hardback and tradeback form from www.xlibris.com or to get an autogaphed copy, go to www.barbaraleigh.com.

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