“Elvis Presley and I should have been married,” says Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley felt a deep connection with Elvis Presley as a teenager and says if she had met him, they would “obviously” have married. The actress went on a tour of Elvis’s homes and interviewed the Elvis’ former wife Priscilla. Joanna, 69, became a fan of Elvis, when she was a child.
Joanna Lumley makes a trip to Graceland and Tupelo, Elvis’s home town where she visits the shack where he was born and the hardware shop where he bought his first guitar.
There, she talks to some of the people who knew him, including Sam Bell, who reveals what life was like for a young Elvis growing up in a time of segregation.
Joanna said: “There was something about Tupelo, that I felt him. There was something about the boy there in the hardware shop, and the guitar was there, and you get a feeling going – oh he was only a little kid and this was – it’s still a hardware shop.
“I felt him in the cinema with Sam. Black friend Sam, in the cinema, from his childhood, when they would have to go through separate entrances to the cinema, and Elvis would duck under the rope and sit with them. And I loved him for that, because he was only a little boy, and he was colour blind. He didn’t get that, while the country got that, Elvis didn’t get that. And sitting in that little cinema, exactly where they sat – that was something.”