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Elvis Presley: Graceland’s unseen rooms – Inside bedroom Aunt Delta used when tours began

Five years after Elvis Presley’s death, Graceland was opened to the public for tours. But from 1982 until her death in 1993, The King’s Aunt Delta continued to live at the Memphis mansion and use a bedroom next to the kitchen while guests were looking around. Express.co.uk recently took part in a virtual live tour of Graceland, which included a look inside a number of unseen downstairs rooms including this space she would use in the daytime.
During the 1980s, Graceland’s kitchen was also not part of the tour, so that Aunt Delta could use it and the bedroom next to it.

Our tour guide, on-site archivist Angie Marchese, said on the live stream: “We call it Delta’s bedroom because this is a room she would use a lot during the day when we opened up for tours and then she would use the other room at night.”

The other room is the master bedroom that’s seen early on in the in-person tour. Prior to Delta, it was used by Elvis’ mother Gladys until her death in 1958 and then The King’s grandmother Minnie Mae until she died in 1980.

Entering the bedroom Delta used in the day, Angie pointed out its simple design and the TV and cable box from the early 1990s still intact.

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On the chest of drawers was a framed picture of Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla, his daughter Lisa Marie and Priscilla’s son Navarone Garibaldi.

Interestingly the drapes were a royal blue, having been put up in the late 1970s, while the carpet had been replaced shortly before Delta’s death in 1993.

Angie pointed out how one of the drawers contains the china that Lisa Marie uses for meals when she and her family visit Graceland.

The archivist herself knew Delta for the last four years of her life and described how at the end of the touring day. the guides would signal to her that she could come out and use the rest of the mansion in the evening.

After this, Delta would know that she had free run of the house and used it as she would in Elvis’ lifetime.

Angie added: “She would often change stuff on the dining room table.

“So you would come in one day and the placemats would be blue, the next day they could be red.

“You didn’t know what colour the dining room table was going to be decorated.”

Angie added: “Edmund her Pomeranian sometimes would run out in the Jungle Room in the middle of the day.

“And then you’d hear her yell at him to get back into the kitchen. So it was always a lot of fun when Delta was around.”

The Elvis expert also pointed out how near the kitchen in one of the cupboards was a Southfork Ranch mug The King’s Aunt used.

Angie reckons this was gifted to her by Priscilla who was starring in the TV show Dallas which featured the ranch.

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Elvis Presley’s Graceland upstairs bedroom: The King ‘liked it dark and very, very cold’

Danny, who was a teenager when he knew The King, replied: “Yes, Elvis liked it dark and he liked it very, very cold.”

In fact, it was so cold that Memphis Mafia member Lamar Fike would joke that you could hang meat in there.

So when his friends were hanging out in his bedroom, Elvis would hand out sweaters and racquetball jackets to keep others warm.

The King’s cousin added: “When he was at the hospital, he put aluminium foil over the windows, to keep the light out, to keep it darker.”

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Elvis Presley: Treasured first piece of his music career kept in Gladys’ Graceland bedroom

Back in 1956, Elvis Presley skyrocketed to fame and a year later moved his extended family into the famous Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. The 22-year-old decided to give his parents Vernon and Gladys the master bedroom out of respect for them. While his mother famously decorated the room, which can be seen early on in the Graceland tour, in her favourite colour purple.
But did you know that inside Gladys’ Graceland bedroom she treasured a first piece of The King’s music career, which can be seen from the entrance to the room?

On the wall, framed in the left-hand corner, is Elvis’ very first publicity photo shot. The photograph of the rock and roll star was taken in 1955 at Memphis’ William Speer Studios before he hit the big time.

Express.co.uk found out this fun fact during a live virtual tour of Graceland earlier this year.

Elvis expert and archivist Angie Marchese was showing us around and shared that the photograph had previously been on display at The Presley’s previous home in Memphis at 1034 Audubon Drive.

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Originally, Maggie Gyllenhaal was going to play Gladys but had to pull out of the film due to other filming commitments when production was closed down in the pandemic.

Elvis’ mother will now be portrayed by award-winning theatre actress Helen Thomson.

For similar conflicting schedule reasons, Vernon star Rufus Sewell has been recast with Richard Roxburgh, who famously played The Duke in Baz’s Moulin Rouge!

The Elvis movie stars Austin Butler as The King opposite Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker.

Express.co.uk asked Angie if any scenes of the Elvis movie will be shot at Graceland.

She told us: “[The Elvis movie] is actually being shot in Australia. But they have been doing research here. They have recreated Graceland in Australia.”

According to the official synopsis, Elvis is “seen through the prism of [Presley’s] complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

“The film delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley.”

The Elvis Presley movie biopic is released in cinemas on June 3, 2022.