Elvis and Me

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Priscilla Beaulieu was fourteen when she met Elvis Presley in 1956. Priscilla, who was the daughter of a career Air Force officer, was living with her parents stationed in Germany. She was an impressionable teenager when she fell in love with the king of rock and roll, then an army private. After a seemingly innocent romance, Presley returned to the United States and Priscilla remained lovesick in Germany. She soon joined the Presley troupe in Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis housed her, sent her to a private girls’ school, bought her clothes, and provided the entertaining life-style enjoyed by an international celebrity. During the next several years, she traveled with Presley, shared his ups and downs, watched him abuse several drugs, and supported his every mood change; finally, in May of 1967, the two were married.

During six years of a tumultuous marriage, Priscilla and Elvis experienced the same highs and lows they had lived through previously. Presley’s career was restored in 1969 with an NBC television special followed by a huge success on the stage at Las Vegas. Priscilla had a daughter and pursued interests in dancing, ballet, and karate. The two were finally divorced in 1973 after Priscilla realized she could find her identity only away from Elvis. When Presley died in 1977, he and Priscilla were still close, and she still considered him a very special man.

Considering that Priscilla Presley lived with “the King” for fourteen years, the book is a major disappointment. She fails to provide a fresh perspective on Elvis, and the result is an extremely shallow autobiography.