and shared a link that started as a really like affair in 1963 and would eventually final until eventually Presley’s demise in 1977. Whilst the two iconic performers, who met when they co-starred in Viva Las Vegas (1964), moved on to marry unique partners – and , respectively – they remained buddies for the relaxation of Presley’s everyday living.
In her 1994 memoir, Ann-Margret: My Story, Ann-Margret mirrored on her partnership with the King of Rock and Roll. She also appeared back on the fateful day when she figured out of his premature loss of life.
Ann-Margret started to suspect that some thing was incorrect with Presley not very long before he died
After their original affair though filming, Ann-Margret and Presley stayed in touch off and on for yrs.
In accordance to Ann-Margret, Presley nevertheless identified as her periodically, in addition to sending guitar-shaped flower arrangements to the opening evening of every single of her reveals. He also stayed in contact with her through their mutual good friends, Nancy Sinatra and(Presley’s longtime highway supervisor). They even continued to check out with one particular one more on celebration when they have been in the identical city.
So Ann-Margret was baffled and involved when she filmed a Tv specific in Nashville in March 1977 and did not hear from Presley, who was just a hop, skip, and a leap absent in Memphis. She also heard via the grapevine that he’d been canceling tours and experienced holed himself up at.
The Swedish-American actress was deeply fearful about Presley’s failing overall health. When she requested Esposito about how the King was executing, she felt he was “covering up for Elvis.” Nevertheless, it was obvious that Presley’s staff required the circumstance to be saved non-public, so she did not force.
She located out about his passing from his street manager’s girlfriend
Ann-Margret uncovered in Ann-Margret: My Tale that she experienced a intestine sensation that anything was quite, incredibly erroneous just a working day in advance of.
On August 15, 1977, she played a are living demonstrate in Las Vegas and didn’t obtain his common reward of a floral arrangement. It was the to start with time in a 10 years that he hadn’t despatched her an opening night time present.
“No bouquets, no telegram, no message. It was weird,” Ann-Margret remembered of that fateful night time. “I did two demonstrates that evening, but not without the need of stressing in the back again of my head that anything was erroneous, and I experienced to make some mobile phone phone calls the next day.”
A cellphone connect with from Esposito’s girlfriend, Shirley Dieu, on August 16, 1977 – the day Presley was observed unresponsive in his rest room at Graceland by his girlfriend,– verified Ann-Margret’s worst fears.
The actress mentioned she would ‘never recover’ from his premature death
On listening to the news of Presley’s demise, Ann-Margret was inconsolable. Smith, her husband, even requested her dancers and backstage crew customers to continue to keep an eye on her all over the two displays she still had to participate in that night at the Hilton.
Smith and Ann-Margret flew to Memphis shortly thereafter to attend Presley’s funeral. She recalled hugging and crying Presley’s grieving father,, as nicely as various users of the with whom she had become near. Presley’s manager, , even requested Ann-Margret to host Memories of Elvis, the two-hour NBC tribute to the King of Rock and Roll just after his loss of life.
“I will by no means recuperate from Elvis’s demise,” Ann-Margret wrote in her memoir of her longstanding connection with Presley. “He is a component of me, of my happiness and sorrow, and that will never ever go away…It’s exceptional to have such a pal as Elvis, exceptional to have such a soul mate.”
Indeed, Ann-Margret has continued to discuss of Presley with nothing but fondness and admiration above the yrs. Their intimate relationship may well have been comparatively temporary, but their friendship plainly remaining a long lasting mark on both of them.