Elvis met Priscila Beaulieu when he was stationed with the 3rd Armored Division of the US Army in Friedberg, Germany, during his military service. He was deployed out there on October 1, 1958. Some time before he was discharged in March 1960 he started a relationship with the fourteen-year-old schoolgirl. During that time he would take her out in the evening and they would also spend time alone ion his room. It would be inconceivable now for anything like that to happen, so how was it allowed in those even more conservative times? And what exactly did happen.
Priscilla gave a powerful and relatively frank interview to Barbara Walters in 1985.
Although she somewhat fudges some of the answers, they address her age, what they did upstairs in his room and her parents’ fears.
Priscilla says: “It was not easy on my parents… When you’re in love, it’s hard to fight. I was rebellious. (I told them) ‘I don’t want to go to school. He’ll be out of my life after six months. Don’t ruin my life.’ He came to my house and was charming and wonderful. My family had a lot of faith in him.”
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Priscilla aged 15 and Elvis’ grandma
Priscilla and Elvis in Germany when she was 14
“It was a very protective relationship from the beginning. He took me under his arm and nourished me in many ways.”
In a passage from Priscilla’s 1985 book Elvis and Me it says: “Elvis would take me into his bedroom and then we would kiss long, deep, passionate kisses and his caresses would leave me weak with desire.”
Walters asks if that happened and Priscilla laughs and just says, “Yes. It’s true.”
Did it go any further? Did Elvis try to have sex with her?
Priscilla Beaulieu in Germany when she was 14
Priscilla says: “No, he didn’t. There was an agreement he made with himself that the woman he decided to take for his wife he was going to keep her that way (a virgin) until he married her. “
In fact, they would not marry for seven more years. Priscilla lived with Elvis at Graceland from 1962, sharing his bed, but maintains she was still a virgin when they finally tied the knot in 1967.
Even in the first years when Priscilla was underage, it seems extraordinary that the press and fans already knew about her and called her Elvis’ girlfriend but also knew her age.
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Walters asks why Elvis would be so interested in a naive young girl when he could have any woman in the world. Was he attracted to Prisciulla’s innocence?
She says: “The inexperience yes. Elvis had been around Hollywood already. He’d already seen Hollywood starlets.
“I think in his own mind, he thought, ‘Well, I’ll just be with someone and teach her as it comes.’ And I don’t think a lot of older women would have put up with a lot of the things that went on.
“You know, when you’re young… I listened to him and did what he said.”
And how did her parents allow her to fly from Germany to America at 15 to live with a 27-year-old man? She was nominally chaperoned by his grandmother Minnie Mae, but actually spent every night with him.
Priscilla says: “In my parents’ defence. They were going through it, they were having a hard time with it but I was in love.
“They were caught between, ‘Well, if we don’t let her go she’ll sneak out and catch a plane and go.’ My mother would cry and go, ‘I didn’t know what to do.’
“And I feel badly because they did go through a lot.”