Elvis' Cook Pauline Nicholas
continued cooking for the Presley
family after Elvis died. Last Christmas, when Lisa Marie and
her mother, Priscilla stayed in Memphis
they asked Nicholson cook for them
from her unique Southern styled recipe book.
Nicholson was featured in the movie This is Elvis, and loved to talk about her time with the King of Rock and Roll, whom she called Mr. P.
Nicholson was introduced to Elvis in the mid-1960s by a neighbor, Cleo Smith, who knew she was a good cook, said her son, Ossie Nicholson Jr.
Elvis would sometimes talk with Nicholson in the kitchen at Graceland and when he learned in 1974 her husband, Ossie Sr., was laid off, he hired him as a guard
With thanks & appreciation to Jim Cox
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYER TO PAULINE'S FAMILY
Pauline Nicholson Died July 7 2005 of cancer. She was 76.
history of cook Pauline Nicholson Her full name is Willie Pauline Nicholson. started working for Elvis, August 1964 as his cook and maid. Like some of his other help, she was originally from
Ossie, also worked for Elvis for a long time as a night-time security guard, usually watching the back gate entrance. He retired several years ago and there is a very large banner hanging in their living room from
with everyone's signature on it.
Pauline worked various shifts, depending on what the needs were at the time. She had been working nightshift the morning Elvis died, and was one of the last people to see him alive.
She had taken him a glass of water up to his room after he had come in from playing racquetball that morning.
She then left when Nancy Rooks came in to relieve her around six or seven a.m.
Pauline will proudly tell you that Elvis always called her his "brown mamma." On more than one occasion -
whenever Elvis would return to Graceland after being gone for a while, he would rush in the front door and yell, "Where's my brown mamma, I've missed her!" He would then hug her when she came into the room. He always told
her she reminded him of Gladys because of her full, round face and the way she wore her hair.
Pauline can be seen in the opening sequence of the movie "This Is Elvis" where Elvis is coming through the kitchen and she is seated at the counter and asks him, "Mr. P., can I
fix you a sandwich?"
Pauline was also in the recent special "Elvis by the Presleys."
Up until her recent hospitalization, she regularly continued to cook for Lisa Marie or Priscilla whenever they would come to
Memphis . She last cooked for them in December, which was when the TV special was filmed, and of course she and Ossie were featured in it cooking for Priscilla and Lisa Marie.