Thousands of devotees converged on Graceland to mark the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death and got a surprise welcome from the King's former wife and daughter, the first time Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley have appeared together at the annual gathering.
When Graceland opened to the public 30 years ago this month, nobody knew if it would be a success. Nearly 18 million visitors later, the house where Elvis Presley once lived is a money-making business that's helped transform the city of Memphis into a top destination for music lovers.
Elvis Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977 and by the early 1980s his Graceland home had become a burden on his estate. Bankers wanted to sell, but Priscilla Presley thought opening the house to tourists could solve its financial problems. 30 years and 18 million visitors later with $32 million a year in revenue, Priscilla’s been proven right.
Over the years, Lisa Marie Presley has become dissatisfied with movies chronicling her father's life, so she just might make a film about the rock 'n' roll icon. The daughter of Elvis Presley said she has been in talks about a movie, though she didn't offer a timetable.