Priscilla Ann Wagner
5' 4" (1.63 m)
Her step-father was an Air Force officer stationed in West Germany when as a teenager she met Elvis Presley in 1959, then four years into his meteoric career in rock and roll and serving with the U.S. Armed Forces. After an eight year courtship, she married him on 1 May 1967. As their marriage was winding down, she began studying karate and acting. After his death she went into business and began work in movies and TV, notably playing the part of Jenna Wade (1983-88) in the very successful series "Dallas" (1978). She then went on to establish herself as Jane Spencer in the "Naked Gun" (The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) movies.
Life with ELVIS:
Born in New York, her father's career as an Air Force officer enabled the family to travel extensively. She attended high school in Wiesbaden, West Germany, where she met her future husband, Elvis Presley. Although Priscilla and Elvis divorced in 1973, they remained close up until the time of his death.
In 1979, Priscilla became Co-Executor of the Presley Estate after the death of Elvis' father, Vernon Presley. She has since brought the Presley Estate from a burgeoning entity into a phenomenally successful organization consisting of the famous Graceland Mansion, a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing and television and video projects. Most recently, in February 2005, EPE (Elvis Presley Enterprises) partnered with Bob Sillerman and CKX Entertainment to build and extend the Graceland brand worldwide. Priscilla sits on the CKX Board as a Director.
Priscilla began her theatrical training with famed coach Milton Katslas. Soon after she signed with the William Morris Agency, she became the national spokeswoman for Wella Balsam hair products. She made her television debut as co-host of the ABC Television program, Those Amazing Animals.
When she landed the major role of Jenna Wade on the internationally popular CBS Television series Dallas, she became an instant audience favorite. During her five years on that top rated television series, Priscilla generated mass audience appeal, becoming one of the show's most popular leading ladies.
Priscilla displayed her considerable comedic talents in the box office smash The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! , then reprised her role in The Naked Gun 2 1/2 and The Naked Gum 33 1/3: The Final Insult.
She has starred in the movie Breakfast with Einstein as well as the Showtime original movie Haley Wagner Star, a family themed movie with a valuable message for young teenagers.
She has also guest starred on television's Melrose Place and Touched by an Angel. As a direct result of her appearances, the programs enjoyed their highest rated episodes in their seasons. She also guest starred in back to back episodes of the award winning ABC Television comedy series Spin City.
In 1987, Priscilla established herself as author of one of the most successful books of Putnam Publications. Her book, “ Elvis and Me ”, spent 6 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list in the number one spot. “ Elvis and Me ” went on to become a television mini-series produced by her company, Navarone Productions.
In 1990 Priscilla launched her signature fragrance, Moments , which became an instant classic. Her own varied achievements enabled her to carefully guide all phases of the development of the fragrance, directly causing Moments to become a major success in the worldwide marketplace. In 1994, Priscilla launched her second fragrance, Experiences, and in 1996 followed with yet another, Indian Summer. Priscilla continues to explore unique business opportunities that continue to build her brand and lifestyle.
Priscilla has served as co-executive producer on the weekly dramatic series “Elvis” for ABC Television and hosted the CBS Television special, “ Elvis: The Great Performances" in 1992. She was also executive producer on the feature film “Finding Graceland”, starring Harvey Keitel.
Currently, Priscilla sits on the Board of Directors of MGM and is producing “The Party” with Darren Starr for MGM and Dreamworks. The project is a contemporary remake of the hit 1960's film, which originally starred Peter Sellars. Both a fan of Sellars and the original film, Priscilla has championed the project, still in pre-production. She has recently attached Jay Roach, famed director of Austin Powers to direct as well as screenwriter Jim Herzfeld, whose credits include “Meet the Parents”, “Shrek” and “The Fokkers”.
She also has in development a stage play based on her unique life, from the perspective of a teenage girl to a woman thrust onto the world stage. Priscilla is working on the project with Immortal Entertainment as well as with writers, Stan Zimmerman and Jim Berg.
Most fittingly, Priscilla received an honorary degree from the prestigious Rhodes College. In bestowing the honor, Rhodes recognized her extraordinary achievement as an actress, producer, author, mother and businesswoman. Most recently she has embarked on the SMART TALK lecture circuit where she will give a series of talks in cities across the country.
Priscilla has been the Ambassador of the DREAM FOUNDATION for the past five years, helping to fulfill the dreams of adults battling terminal illnesses. She became involved in this vital organization after helping to grant a recipients wish to visit Graceland. The Dream Foundation is the only national organization of it's kind, working with the adults as well as helping to create lasting memories for their family and friends left behind.
Priscilla has also joined Hollywood celebrities in an important fight against the overmedication of our children in CCHR – CITIZEN'S COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS , an organization that has been active in Washington to stop this harmful practice. A percentage of all purchases on PriscillaPresley.com goes to support these worthy charities.
Elvis Presley (1 May 1967 - 9 October 1973) (divorced) 1 child
Mother of Lisa Marie Presley (b. 1968) and Navarone Garibaldi (b. 1987)
Received an honorary degree (doctor of humanities) from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN (1998)
She was elected to the board of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. [11 September 2000]
Has regular chemical peels to get rid of wrinkles and brown spots.
Made an uncredited cameo in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
The developer of an international fragrance line since 1988. Her fragrance line including Moments, Experiences, Indian Summer, and Roses and More. Moments was worth $90 million a year in 1996
A successful boutique owner in 1973-76, clients included Natalie Wood, Barbra Streisand and Cher.
Her real father James Wagner was killed in a plane crash shortly after her birth. She was adopted by her mother's second husband Paul Beaulieu
Turned down the part as one of Charlie's Angels in the TV Series "Charlie's Angels" (1976).
Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world (1992)
Great grandparents emigrated from Egersund in Norway.
Was, very briefly, the mother-in-law of singer Michael Jackson.
Left "Dallas" (1978) after 5 seasons in 1988 because she became unhappy with the direction of the show and her character.
Is portrayed by Antonia Bernath in Elvis (2005) (TV) and by Season Hubley in Elvis (1979/I) (TV)
She is now on excellent terms with her daughter Lisa Marie with whom she had a fiery relationship for many years.
Walked Lisa Marie Presley down the aisle at her wedding to Michael Lockwood.
Split with boyfriend of 22 years, Marco Garibaldi, in April 2006. They have a son together, Navarone, who was born in 1987.
Grandmother of Danielle Riley Keough and Benjamin Keough.