Elvis Presley is known for having one child with his only wife, Priscilla Presley. The couple married after a long courtship which started in Germany, and a year later they had their daughter, Lisa Marie. But many have suggested Presley may have had children with other women in his life.
Did Elvis Presley have children with anyone but Priscilla?
Elvis only has one child, Lisa Marie Presley, who was born to him and his ex-wife, Priscilla Presley.
There have been other assertions from people who claim to be illegitimate children of Elvis, however, none of these have been substantiated with DNA proof or have been accepted by the family of Elvis.
One of these people is Elvis Presley Jr, who claims he “is the son of the late Elvis Presley born out-of-wedlock, unbeknownst to Elvis, on December 24, 1961, in Gary, Indiana the result of a liaison between Elvis Presley and Angelique Delores Pettyjohn, a young actress who was an extra in the film Blue Hawaii”.
Blue Hawaii is a film Elvis made in 1961 alongside actresses Joan Blackman and Angela Lansbury.
While Elvis Presley Jr claims on his website he supplied “sufficient documents, sworn testimonies, and additional evidence presented by independent third parties” to a judge, which allowed him to be recognised as Elvis Aaron Presley Jr, these documents have not been made public, and neither has any DNA evidence.
However, there have been a number of others who have suggested they are the child of Elvis, such as Desiree Presley.
Desiree Presley’s claim came after her mother, Lucy de Barbin, wrote a book about her alleged 24-year affair with The King, named Are You Lonesome Tonight?
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Similarly to Elvis Presley Jr, there has not been any DNA evidence released which proves Desiree’s claims, and so she is not recognised as an official heir to Elvis’ fortune or a child of his.
Another person claiming to be the child of Elvis is Deborah Presley, who claims her mother met Elvis in the 1950s and he was her biological father.
Deborah took her claims to court in 1989 where she attempted to be named as a co-heir in his fortune, however, this was not granted.
The only person named as heir to Elvis’ estate is Lisa Marie Presley, his child with Priscilla Presley and his only officially recognised child.
Presley was born in Tennessee, where her father is from, on February 1, 1968.
She went on to live with her mother after her parents divorced in October 1973 after spending some time at Graceland.
Her father died only four years later, in August 1977, at which point Lisa Marie became the joint-heir to his estate along with Elvis’ father Vernon and his grandmother Minnie Mae.
However, Vernon passed away in 1979 and Minnie Mae in 1980, meaning Lisa Marie was the sole heir and inherited his home Graceland when she turned 25 in 1993.
Before Lisa Marie inherited the estate, her mother and executors of the estate had grown the estate to an estimated £76.9million ($100million), however, she sold 85 percent of it in 2004.
Lisa Marie followed in her father’s footsteps in the music world, beginning in 1997 when she made a video of Don’t Cry Daddy, as an adult with her father, which was played at a tribute concert to Elvis on the 20th anniversary of his death.
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