Baz Luhrmann’s glitzy Elvis biopic drove home the point that the King of Rock and Roll got stiffed by shady manager Colonel Tom Parker, who demanded half of the musician’s earnings. Missing from the lengthy film, however, is the impact of Elvis Presley’s financial losses on the only woman he ever married: Priscilla Presley.
Elvis’ Marriage to Priscilla Presley
From all indications, Elvis Presley was madly in love with Priscilla Ann Wagner, the mother of his only child, Lisa Marie. Priscilla was just 14 years old when she and Elvis met at a party in 1959. He was 23. They married eight years later.
Their marriage only lasted roughly six years, at which point Elvis was mired in drug addiction, financial ruin, and health issues that ultimately claimed his life in 1977.
For her own part, Priscilla Presley opened up about the couple’s private life in her intimate memoir, Elvis and Me, released in 1985. A movie based on the book will begin filming in Toronto soon and is being headed by noted filmmaker Sophia Coppola. Cailee Spaeny will play the lead role in the movie, which is simply entitled, Priscilla. Jacob Elordi is set to play Elvis himself.
Priscilla’s Net Worth Is … How Much?
It remains to be seen how deeply the biopic will delve into Priscilla Presley’s wealth. But Celebrity Net Worth claims the 77-year-old’s net worth is in the neighborhood of $50 million.
The website notes that, when the Presleys divorced, Priscilla “received a $725,000 cash payment, child support, spousal support, 50% of the proceeds from the sale of their home in Beverly Hills, and 5% of the royalties from Elvis’ publishing companies.”
What Is Priscilla Presley Up to Now?
While practically every American became familiar with Priscilla when she married Elvis, she still appears in the limelight occasionally.
In addition to the biopic, Priscilla Presley made headlines when she left Scientology after 40 years. More recently, she spoke publicly about how much she loathes any negative comments made about her deceased ex-husband.
“For a long time it was stated that Elvis was a racist. He was not a racist. He’s never been a racist,” Priscilla said on Piers Morgan Uncensored.
Also, she added: “Elvis had friends, Black friends, friends from all over. He loved their music, he loved their style. He loved being around Black musicians.”