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Elvis Presley ex Linda Thompson shares throwback pictures from her time dating The King

It’s been almost 50 years since Elvis first met Linda Thompson, the former Miss Tennessee model. The couple ended up living together at Graceland from 1972-76 and in more recent years his former girlfriend has been sharing photos of their time together. In some of her latest Instagram stories, the 71-year-old posted a video collage of couple photos from the elvis_and_linda_gram page.

Linda also shared a picture of The King driving one of his many cars with Tiger Man played over the top.

His former girlfriend captioned the image: “There’s ‘cool’ then there’s ‘Elvis cool’ Great candid…”

Back in 2016, Linda published an autobiography called A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner and Songs in Between.

The page elvis_and_linda_gram recently posted a clip from an event where Linda was promoting the book, in which she described how she approached writing about The King.

READ MORE: Elvis: When George Harrison and Bob Dylan saw The King in concert

Linda shared some photos of herself with David Stanley inside that hotel that is now called Westgate.

She wrote on Instagram: “What a great few days & nights in Vegas! I love @palazzovegas where I usually stay.

“It was so nostalgic getting to revisit the city where I lived for 9 months of the 4 1/2 years Elvis & I were together!

“I had a lovely lunch & sweet visit with Elvis’s stepbrother David Stanley at the old Hilton international which is now the Westgate.”

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Elvis: Girlfriend Linda remembers ‘the greatest love imaginable’

Elvis Presley dated Linda for four and a half years. It was the longest, most significant relationship of his life apart from Priscilla. They split up less than year before his death but Linda was invited by the family to his funeral and has guarded and honoured his memory and legacy ever since. She also married Jenner and had two sons, Brody and Brandon Jenner, as well as forging a successful career as a songwriter and marrying second husband, legendary record producer David Foster.

While those closest to Elvis started to release revelatory tell-all books in the final year of his life and then endlessly ever since, Linda remained notably silent for forty years.

In 2016 she released her only book on the subject, A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between.

She said: “Everything that could have possibly been written about Elvis had been written and then some, or made-up stories. So I really thought this was a huge responsibility, to this day. I’ve always attempted to represent him in the light which he deserves.”

READ MORE: Elvis and June Carter: Her son suspected they had an affair 

Linda said of Elvis: “He was such a remarkable human being and I tried to write the book with kindness and tolerance and understanding.

“And also just a bit of knowledge that you can only garner through life experience. I had to live my life and carve out my own career. I didn’t want to be one of those people that just jumped on the bandwagon and wrote a book and made a profit at his expense and to capitalise on that relationship. I was very guarded about that. 

“I wanted to carve out my own position in life, write my own songs, carve out my own career, have my kids and my family and then write about my life and where he fit into it, which is, of course, the greatest love imaginable.”

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Elvis: Linda Thomson’s incredible life after The King

Linda dated Elvis from July 1972 to December 1976. As well as being his companion and sometimes nursemaid, Linda also became close to The King’s young daughter, who was only four when they started dating.

On the devastating night when Elvis died, nine-year-old Lisa Marie called Linda.

Last month, Linda described that terrible call: “She (Lisa Marie) said, ‘My daddy’s dead, my daddy’s dead.’ I can’t even tell you what I felt. I was stunned and paralysed. I said, ‘What? No, he’s not.’

She said, ‘Yes he is, yes he is. He’s dead.’ The only thing that brought it to reality was when she said, ‘He’ smothered in the carpet.’ And when she said that, I just threw the phone because I thought, ‘Ok, he’s gone. That’s it.’”

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Elvis Presley’s ex Linda Thompson reunites with King’s stepbrother at old Las Vegas Hilton

Elvis Presley’s ex-girlfriend Linda Thompson has revisited Las Vegas where she spent many months with The King during his residences there in the early 1970s. Elvis dated the former Miss Tennessee model from 1972-1976 and they lived together at Graceland. During her recent trip to Las Vegas, the 71-year-old paid tribute to Elvis by visiting the old Hilton hotel, originally called The International and now Westgate, where The King performed two shows a night.

Linda even met up with Elvis’ step-brother David Stanley, who was the son of Vernon Presley’s second wife Dee Stanley.

Having stayed at The Palazzo Las Vegas at The Venetian resort, the 71-year-old shared photos from her “nostalgic” trip down memory lane.

She wrote on Instagram: “What a great few days & nights in Vegas! I love @palazzovegas where I usually stay.

“It was so nostalgic getting to revisit the city where I lived for 9 months of the 4 1/2 years Elvis & I were together!”

Linda added: “I had a lovely lunch & sweet visit with Elvis’s stepbrother David Stanley at the old Hilton international which is now the Westgate.”

The King’s former girlfriend also spoke of watching Bruno Mars perform and compared him to Elvis.

She wrote: “’Ima leave the door open’ for more 24 karat magic after seeing Bruno Mars in concert! What an astonishing performer!

“He is an amalgamation of Prince, James Brown, Elvis & Michael Jackson – yet uniquely his own style & magic!”

On revising Graceland, Linda wrote on her Instagram: “I took a walk down memory lane today at my former home, where I lived for 4 1/2 years – Graceland in Memphis.

“I also revisited the airplanes that I flew on to countless concerts all around the country with the greatest entertainer who ever lived, Elvis Presley.

“It’s surreal to remember decorating with him the legendary jungle room, stained glass peacocks in the living/music room, the fabric covered pool room, TV room & other areas – as well as the Lisa Marie airplane.

“I will always be grateful for the rarified honour of having been so close on such a deeply personal level to such a true icon – and for having been loved by him.”

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“I’m sure Lesley would be well up for it,” Aidl commented.

Linda agreed, saying: “She would be. She looks amazing. Lesley is 73 now and she looks exactly the same as she did all of those years ago.”

Lesley Joseph starred as Dorien Green in Birds of a Feather alongside Linda who played Tracey Stubbs and Pauline as Sharon Theodopolopodos.

Linda’s comments come after it was recently reported that there will not be another series of Birds of a Feather.

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Elvis Presley ex Linda Thompson shares rare footage of The King a year before his death

Elvis World captioned the video: “Rare footage of Elvis Presley embarking on The Lisa Marie at the Philadelphia Airport on June 29th, 1976.

“He and his entourage were heading to Richmond, where Elvis would hold an evening concert at the Richmond Coliseum.

“The King was wearing the Penguin Suit and, while on his way up to the plane, had stopped to talk with fans waiting for him next to the airstair.

“We can also see Linda Thompson (@ltlindathompson) going up the airstair in a beautiful printed long dress.”

Author: George Simpson
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Elvis: Girlfriend Linda recalls tearful Lisa Marie call 'My daddy's dead' – New interview

This year, the annual Elvis Festival in his birthplace, Tupelo Mississippi, attracted not just his cousin Billy Smith, but also his girlfriend Linda Thompson. She dated The King from July 1972 until Christmas 1976. The former beauty queen remained so close to Lisa Marie that the devastated nine-year-old called her from Graceland when they discovered the star’s body on that fateful night of August 16, 1977. Linda spoke candidly about that terrible moment but also shared happier memories of their time together.

Linda has previously opened up about her fears after they split up that nobody would look after Elvis properly. Her worst nightmare came true months later when she received a sudden call.

Talking this week, she said: “I said, ‘hello’ and she said, ‘Linda.’ I said, ‘hey’, she said, ‘It’s Lisa.’ I said, ‘I know who this is, you little goobernickel.’ It was a pet name Elvis and I had for her.

“She said, ‘My Daddy’s dead, my Daddy’s dead.’”

READ MORE: Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie haunted by Graceland gardens and what is buried there

Linda added: “I can’t even tell you what I felt. I was stunned and paralysed. I said, ‘What? No, he’s not.’

“She said, ‘Yes he is, yes he is. He’s dead.’ The only thing that brought it to reality was when she said, ‘He’s smothered in the carpet.’

“And when she said that, I just threw the phone because I thought, ‘Ok, he’s gone. That’s it. Nobody checked on him.’”

Elvis had died, alone in his bathroom for hours, while his latest girlfriend Ginger slept in the next room and the Memphis Mafia were downstairs.

But Linda also has happier memories of their time together when they visited Tupelo and Elvis showed her the tiny house where he grew up.

She told local news station WCBI: “He talked about Tupelo a lot, he told me about his little, shotgun house, and the church where he went with his family. I’m thrilled to be here, to see the house where he was born.”

Part of Linda’s duties this year were to judge the traditional Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) competition.

She shared a hilarious memory about when the star started to realise people were imitating him.

While The King was alive he heavily influenced popular culture but Linda says he would be absolutely amazed to see the enduring number of impersonators, or Elvis Tribute Artists (ETAs) who still proliferate to this day

She said: “He would be staggered by how incredibly generous everybody has been to his memory. 

“He loved the ETAs even when he was alive. He would see people growing sideburns or dressing like him and he would say, ‘Honey, look at that guy over there, I wonder if he thinks he is me?’”

Linda went on to marry two more famous men. First, Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner, who transitioned to Caitlyn, from 1981 to 1986. Together, they are the parents of reality stars Brody and Brandon Jenner.  After that, she was married to songwriter and producer David Foster from 1991 to 2005.  

But in the new interview, Linda referred to Elvis as: “the love of my life. I adored him.

“I think first of all he would be proud of me and how I have tried two conduct my life in a way that has always respected him and his memory. That’s first and foremost to me. I’m a fan as much as anybody else is a fan of Elvis Presley.”

WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

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Elvis ex Linda Thompson returns to Graceland where she lived with King almost 50 years ago

Elvis Presley dated Miss Tennessee model Linda Thompson from 1972-76, with the couple living together at his Graceland mansion. Now, almost 50 years ago since she moved in, the 71-year-old has returned to her old home of almost half a decade. Linda shared a selection of photos of herself inside some of Graceland’s most famous rooms.

Linda Thompson wrote on her Instagram: “I took a walk down memory lane today at my former home, where I lived for 4 1/2 years – Graceland in Memphis.

“I also revisited the airplanes that I flew on to countless concerts all around the country with the greatest entertainer who ever lived, Elvis Presley.

“It’s surreal to remember decorating with him the legendary jungle room, stained glass peacocks in the living/music room, the fabric covered pool room, TV room & other areas – as well as the Lisa Marie airplane.”

The 71-year-old was on her way through Memphis to Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi, just south of the Tennessee state line.

The New York Elvis concerts attracted some fellow music stars who The King had influenced before they were famous.

Graceland added: “David Bowie, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Art Garfunkel were among some of the music stars spotted at the shows.

“Nine days after the last Madison Square Garden show, RCA released a live album from one of the shows titled “Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden.”

Meanwhile, a biopic of The King’s life and career has been shot on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Moulin Rouge’s Baz Luhrmann has directed the Elvis movie, which stars Austin Butler as The King and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker.

The Warner Bros production rebuilt Graceland on the Australian set with expert advice thanks to the Memphis mansion museum’s archivists.

Baz is currently editing the film in post-production but there’s no sign of a first trailer just yet.

Elvis will hit cinemas on June 3, 2022.

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Pauline Quirke pictured after Birds Of A Feather 'not recommissioned' amid Linda row claim

“She wants to concentrate on her acting academy, that’s that.”

Despite claims suggesting Pauline’s absence was due to a fall-out between the pair, the presenter said they are still very much good friends.

As part of the Christmas special, Pauline’s character Sharon Theodopolopodous was scripted as being stuck on a cruise struck by Covid-19.

Linda said at the time: “The script for this special is brilliant, I promise we’ll have lots of laughs for fans of the show.”

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Elvis: Linda Thompson’s incredible life after The King, celebrity husbands and famous sons

In 1980 she met Olympic Decathlon gold medallist and world record holder Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn). At the time, he was a major international star, businessman and Playgirl cover model.

They married on January 5, 1981. Two sons followed, Brandon and Brody Jenner. 

The marriage ended in 1986 but both sons became famous in their own right on shows like The Hills. 

Before transitioning to Caitlyn, Bruce, of course, went on to marry his third wife Kris Jenner and became involved in the biggest reality TV show of all time. Brody also appeared regularly in seasons 8-11 of Keeping Up With The Kardashians alongside his step-sisters Khloe, Kim and Kourtney, and half-sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner.

Brandon followed his mother’s footsteps into the music business with his wife Leah.

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