Guide talks to Priscilla
more than a year, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley sorted
through the vast Presley family archives at Graceland,
selecting cherished images and songs for a new TV special,
"Elvis by the Presleys".
part of Elvis week on CBS, the two-hour program will
peer into the King's private world with intimate family
reminiscences, home movies and rare concert footage.
Nearly 30 years have passed since her ex-husband's death,
but the task, as Priscilla reveals here, left her all
Guide: Why did you decide to open the vaults on this material
You can't deny the passion that's out there for Elvis. On
the anniversary of his death, 70,000 people come to Graceland
with candles. It's overwhelming. But we realized there's a
whole new generation that doesn't really know who Elvis was.
Children, people in their twenties, thirties. They're the
ones who made "A Little Less Conversation" a hit song, and
they're hungry to learn more about the man.
What will people see in this TV special?
Well, it's the first time Lisa has spoken publicly about her
father, and fans will be very much interested in that. She
being an only child and with Elvis dying when she was so young,
it's a very moving account. The home movie footage is probably
the most emotional material. There's footage of Elvis giving
his mother gifts, and you really get a sense of her fear of
him becoming famous. My parents also speak about our wedding,
What kind of son-in-law was Elvis?
When my parents came around, Elvis was on his best behavior.
There was a point when I used to pretend I had another room
so they wouldn't know Elvis and I were staying together. Elvis
was very respectful, but there are some funny scenes of him
driving my mother and father in golf carts at Graceland and
scaring them to death with his driving.
What was it like going through this material?
It was hard at times. On one hand because there was so much
of it, but also because it brings you back to the simpler
side of Elvis, his playfulness. It's not the Elvis everybody
thinks they know but it's the person who was a father, a husband,
a son. Lisa and I, we cried sometimes.
How often do you throw an Elvis CD on the stereo and just
listen? Presley: It's not easy for me to do. If I want to
drown in my tears, then one of his pieces will certainly suit.
When his music comes on the radio, it's still quite an experience.
I'm used to it, but I lived those songs. It's more than songs.
It's my history, too.
Has there ever been an Elvis impersonator that impressed you?
I'll say this: There's no one I've ever seen who can stand
in Elvis' shoes and be anything close to who he was.
Source: TV Guide/elvis-express.com)