Debra Paget Elvis First Love – Love Me Tender 1956 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 the age of fifteen 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.
However, Paget was not interested because, at the time, she was dating Howard Hughes. At nights he 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 he searched for the Paget look in almost 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. In 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
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