Debra Paget Elvis First Love

Debra Paget Elvis Presley First Love – Love Me Tender –   Elvis First Movie Starring Elvis Presley as Clint Reno and Debra Paget Elvis got a flat $100,00 fee for the movie.


Debra Paget began her career at age15 in Cry of the City (her brother Ruell Shayne had a bit role in Love Me Tender) Contrary to popular opinion Debra Paget did not give Elvis his first screen kiss. That honor went to Jana Lund in Loving You 1957. During filming Elvis fell madly in love with co-star Debra Paget. He thought she was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. 

Debra Paget Elvis KissIn the movie Elvis and Debra characters never kissed but Elvis so obsessed with Debra he took the lead and kissed her for these promo photos

However,  Debra Paget was not interested in Elvis because, at the time, she was dating Howard Hughes. At nights Elvis would drive over to Paget’s family home and park outside for hours watching who was arriving.  Elvis never got over his first love.

From then on Elvis spent his life in search of the “Debra Paget look” in every woman. Many believe that Elvis was smitten by Priscilla because she was a variation of Debra Paget. Upon learning this,  Priscilla went so far as to try to  look like her rival by changing her hair. For Love Me Tender Elvis still had his natural “dish water blond” hair, after which he dyed it black for the rest of his life.