Ann-Margret ‘knew’ Elvis Presley had died after surprise gift | Music | Entertainment
Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret had a romantic love affair in 1964 after they first met on the set of their movie Viva Las Vegas. While the couple cared massively about each other, it wasn’t meant to last. Eventually Priscilla Presley found out about the affair and Elvis was forced to cut off all contact with the Swedish-American actress. However, he never forgot her.
After Elvis and Ann-Margret separated, his career skyrocketed. Soon after, she was given a residency spot in Las Vegas where she performed for a few years. Elvis attended the first show and gave her a bouquet of flowers.
After that, every night Ann-Margret performed in Vegas, she received a flower arrangement in the shape of a guitar from Elvis to wish her good luck. But one day, everything changed.
On August 15, 1977, Elvis’ floral guitar didn’t arrive for Ann-Margret. Instantly, the singer and dancer knew something was seriously wrong. Elvis was as devoted to her as a friend as he was as a lover. She knew he wouldn’t stop sending her gifts for no reason.
The next day, August 16, 1977, Elvis was found dead in his Graceland home.
Ann-Margret recalled the horrible day in 1994 during an interview with journalist Charlie Rose.
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Ann-Margret wrote in her memoir, My Story, of her arrival at Graceland. She remembered the first person she saw at Elvis’ funeral was his father, Vernon Presley. She said of meeting Vernon: “There was so much to say, to talk about, but instead we cried.”
Vernon then revealed that Elvis spoke highly of Ann-Margret, despite the fact that they had been apart for over ten years. He said to her, “He was so proud of you.
Ann-Margret was of course devastated by Elvis’ tragic death, attributed to a heart attack. But things could have been different.
The star’s closest friends, the Memphis Mafia, have long claimed that if the king of rock and roll hadn’t married Priscilla, he would have ended up with Ann-Margret. Marty Lacker, one of the star’s best men at his wedding, once wrote, “If Elvis had ended up with Thumper [Ann-Margret]This whole story could have ended differently.”
But if Elvis hadn’t stayed with Priscilla, he wouldn’t have had Lisa Marie Presley, his daughter and only child. He would never have abandoned her for anything in the world, despite his love for Ann-Margret.