'I Put My Foot Down': Priscilla Presley On Her Fight To Save Graceland

Actress battled to save ex-husband Elvis's legacy

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It's one of the most popular and famous showbiz tourist attractions in the world - but according to Priscilla Presley, if she hadn't fought to save it, Graceland might no longer be here.

The actress has spoken about her battle to keep her late ex-husband Elvis Presley's house in Memphis, Tennessee, which is visited by over half a million people every year.

After he died in 1977, Priscilla, 67, said she battled to save the property and its contents as a shrine to the late music legend.

Speaking to Hello! magazine, she said: "I wanted to do the right thing, knowing what Elvis wanted and how much he loved Graceland. I had the forces against me. Attorneys, business and financial people just a him as someone who had passed away and would be forgotten about in a few months. I didn't see it that way. I put my foot down.

''They wanted me to sell Graceland and get rid of all the properties and artefacts, and I said, 'No, it's not happening. This is his legacy.' He gave us too much for something like that to happen. It was almost as though his voice was guiding me.''

And she said not only is it a shrine  for his fans across the world, but it's also a place where Elvis's family can remember him, especially his grandchildren - Riley Keough, Benjamin Keough, Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood.

She added: ''We go to Graceland and there are pictures, so we'll tell them about that if they ask. If they hear music we'll say, that's your granddaddy singing.''