Entertainment Music Priscilla Presley's Life in Photos The actress and ex-wife of Elvis Presley turns 78 on May 24, 2023 By Kate Hogan Updated on May 24, 2023 11:12 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Priscilla Presley, the actress and ex-wife of the late Elvis Presley, turns 78 on May 24, 2023. Though she's been through many hardships in life — most recently, the death of her only daughter, Lisa Marie — she's had some incredible highs, too. Here, her life in photos, in celebration of her latest birthday. 01 of 16 Priscilla Presley Is Born Bettmann Archive Priscilla Anne was born in New York City on May 24, 1945, ultimately the eldest of six children in a military family. In a 1978 interview with PEOPLE, reflecting on the transient nature of her childhood, she said, "I always knew that something extraordinary was going to happen to me." 02 of 16 Priscilla Meets Elvis Presley Max B. Miller/Fotos International/Getty It did, in fact, when she was 14 years old and met Elvis Presley in Bad Nauheim, Germany, where her family was living at the time and near where Elvis was stationed with the Army. In her 1985 biography Elvis and Me (excerpted in PEOPLE), Priscilla wrote of the pair's early days. "I found myself deeply involved with Elvis. Something in his Southern upbringing had taught him that the 'right' girl was to be saved for marriage. I was that girl. At the same time, he molded me into his woman. I wore the clothes, hairstyle and makeup of his careful choosing," she shared. "My parents became confused and bewildered by our relationship. We tried to make them believe that it was proper and platonic, and they wanted to believe me. Whenever they tried to stop us from seeing each other, I pleaded and cried and made them and myself miserable," she continued. "In retrospect, I don't think anything could have stopped me from seeing Elvis." 03 of 16 Elvis and Priscilla Presley Wed Bettmann Archive The couple quietly exchanged vows in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967, in a wedding arranged by the singer's manager, Col. Tom Parker, and was meant to throw off the press. "Elvis and I followed the Colonel's plan," Priscilla wrote in Elvis and Me. "Our vows were taken and we were now husband and wife. I remember flashbulbs popping, my father's congratulations and my mother's tears of happiness. Mrs. Elvis Presley." "[Elvis] was determined that our wedding day be special," she continued. "He carried me across the threshold of our house singing the 'Hawaiian Wedding Song.' He stopped and gave me a long, loving kiss, then proceeded to carry me upstairs to our bedroom." 04 of 16 Elvis and Priscilla Presley Welcome Daughter Lisa Marie Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone/Getty Nine months later, the lovebirds welcomed their first and only child together, daughter Lisa Marie. "The nurse brought her into my room and I cradled her in my arms. She was so tiny, so beautiful," Priscilla wrote. "Elvis came into the room and kissed me, thrilled that we had had a perfectly normal, healthy baby. Then he took us both in his arms and held us." 05 of 16 Elvis and Priscilla Presley Have Problems in Their Marriage Magma Agency/WireImage Though Lisa Marie was a great joy in the couple's life, "As the months passed, I realized that now that I was a mother, Elvis was uncertain how to treat me," Priscilla wrote in Elvis and Me. What followed was a brief affair with her dance instructor, which Priscilla wrote opened her eyes to what she needed in her marriage to Elvis. But his touring and filming schedules also weighed on their marriage, as Priscilla often stayed at home — Graceland in Memphis — while her husband hit the road. "With Elvis," she told PEOPLE in 1978, "my life was his life. He had to be happy. We never disturbed him. My problems were secondary." 06 of 16 Elvis and Priscilla Presley Divorce Bettmann Archive After months of back-and-forth within the marriage, the pair officially divorced on Oct. 9, 1973, though walked out of the Santa Monica, California, courthouse together. "The dream I had had of a perfect union was over," Priscilla wrote in Elvis and Me. "The hope of an ideal marriage, which had consumed all my thoughts and energy since I was 14, had ended with the simple stroke of a pen." 07 of 16 Priscilla Presley Opens Graceland Ron Galella/Getty Elvis died five years later, on Aug. 16, 1977, and according to the Graceland website, "While the estate he left was by no means broke, there was a cash flow problem, especially with Graceland costing over half a million dollars a year in maintenance and taxes." In part to help recoup costs, Priscilla opened Graceland to the public in June of 1982, through The Elvis Presley Trust and its business entity, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. It remains a popular tourist destination to this day. 08 of 16 Priscilla Presley and Robert Kardashian Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Priscilla's love life was under much scrutiny in the years following her divorce from Elvis and the singer's death; in the '70s, she was even linked to Robert Kardashian (left). 09 of 16 Priscilla Presley in Love Is Forever Everett Priscilla had long expressed interest in acting, and her first credit following her divorce came in 1983 in Love Is Forever, alongside Michael Landon. 10 of 16 Priscilla Presley on Dallas CBS Photo Archive/Getty Where she really found success, though, was on the popular '80s series Dallas, as Jenna Wade Krebs. 11 of 16 Priscilla Presley Welcomes Son Navarone Ron Galella/Getty In that time, Presley began dating writer and MTV producer Marco Garibaldi; together, they had son Navarone (pictured) on March 1, 1987. (He is a musician and in February of 2022, got married in Switzerland.) 12 of 16 Priscilla Presley in Naked Gun Elliott Marks/Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock Her biggest silver screen credit was with Leslie Nielsen in the Naked Gun films, in which she played Jane Spencer. 13 of 16 Priscilla Presley on Melrose Place Everett She also found a new audience in the '90s as Nurse Benson on a handful of episodes of Melrose Place (here with Jack Wagner). 14 of 16 Priscilla Presley on Dancing with the Stars Kelsey McNeal/Disney General Entertainment Content/Getty After taking a break from the small screen, Priscilla returned to television in 2008 on season 6 of Dancing with the Stars; she and partner Louis van Amstel placed 8th. 15 of 16 Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie. Bryan Steffy/WireImage Though mom and daughter had their share of ups and downs, they frequently came together, like at the 2015 ribbon cutting of Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience in Las Vegas. Lisa Marie died on Jan. 12, 2023, at the age of 54. Priscilla also has four grandchildren — actress Riley Keough, 33, Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide at 27 in 2020, and twin girls Finley and Harper Lockwood, 14. Priscilla has been involved in a handful of projects involving Elvis in recent years, including the 2018 documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher and a 1988 miniseries based on her book, Elvis and Me. In a 1988 PEOPLE interview, she said that "telling his story wasn't something I wanted to do but had to do, because of all that's been said and written about him. I have to fight for his reputation, his ideas, his image. That's my main concern in this film. I have to protect Elvis — he was very misunderstood.'' 16 of 16 Priscilla Presley at the 2022 Met Gala Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty Most recently, Priscilla attended the 2022 Met Gala with Elvis movie star Austin Butler. Days prior, she had praised the film on social media after an early screening. "This story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker's relationship. It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only [director Baz Luhrmann], in his unique artistic way, could have delivered. Austin Butler, who played Elvis is outstanding," she wrote. "The story, as we all know, does not have a happy ending. But I think you will understand a little bit more of Elvis' journey, penned by a directer who put his heart and soul and many hours into this film," Priscilla concluded.