Priscilla Presley on Life With Elvis

ByABC News
August 15, 2002, 7:23 PM

Aug. 16 -- Even a quarter-century after his death, Elvis Presley remains such an icon that many of us feel we know him personally. But in a 1985 interview, Barbara Walters spoke with the woman who may have known him best: Priscilla Presley.

In their conversation, the King's former wife revealed a side of Elvis that most of us never knew.

Throughout the preceding years, Priscilla had remained silent about their life together. In her 1985 book, Elvis & Me, however, she recounted intimate details about their marriage and Elvis' private side.

A Confusing Love Affair

When Priscilla moved in with Elvis, she was just a teenager; he was 24. Priscilla said the man she knew then was a gentle, fun-loving young man. He was also "insecure" and "vulnerable," she said.

She was mad about him, but their relationship was very different from a typical love affair, she said. "It was a very protective relationship from the very beginning," she said. "He was a father to me. He was my mentor."

Elvis was more than a mentor. He controlled her looks, her clothes, her hair, even her makeup, Priscilla said. "I was definitely under a spell of what I thought was love," she explained.

The couple lived together for six years before they married. During those years, Elvis and Priscilla slept together every night, but they never had intercourse, she said. He refused to have sex with her until they wed, she said, because "somewhere, he, along in his past, said that he wanted a virgin."

Yet they were intimate according to Priscilla, she and Elvis took dozens and dozens of Polaroid pictures acting out their fantasies. She learned to turn him on sexually even though they never had intercourse. She stressed, however, that their playfulness was just that, and was never perverted.

"Nothing was harmful; nothing was done with bad intent," she told Walters. "Nothing was done, you know that I don't think is unusual. They were just games."

In 1967, Priscilla and Elvis were married and almost nine months to the day after their wedding, their daughter, Lisa Marie, was born.