Throughout history, there are certain artists that have defined a generation in their particular medium. Elvis Presley is most definitely one of them, as his brand of rock music changed the industry forever back in the 1950s and ‘60s. With that in mind, though, his family have subsequently grown up in the spotlight he once occupied.
Born in January 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis formed a close relationship with his parents as a youngster. Growing up, his family rarely stayed in one place for too long, with his mom and dad trying to make ends meet. However, despite not being awash with money, Gladys Presley treated her son when he turned 11 in 1946.
Indeed, Elvis’ mom bought him his first guitar at that time, changing his life forever. After that, the future King of Rock and Roll went on to win a talent competition at Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee, before graduating in 1953. From there, the aspiring musician looked to make his dreams a reality.
Following the release of his debut single “That’s All Right” in 1954, Elvis’ career skyrocketed. Indeed, his unique style caught the attention of music fans across the country. The year 1956 became a particularly important one for the musician, as he topped the charts for the first time and secured a contract with Paramount Pictures.
Over the next few years, Elvis established himself as one of the biggest stars in the world, both in music and film. However, everything changed for the King during his military service in the late 1950s. While stationed in Germany, he met 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu from Brooklyn, New York.
Elvis and Priscilla then began an on-off relationship for the next several years, and got married in May 1967. Living in Elvis’ Graceland home in Tennessee, Priscilla then gave birth to their first child in February 1968, naming her Lisa Marie Presley.
Despite Lisa Marie’s arrival, though, Elvis and Priscilla eventually divorced in 1973, bringing their six-year marriage to an end. Some four years later, Elvis then passed away in August 1977. Aged just 42, the iconic musician suffered heart failure, with his body later being laid to rest in Graceland.
Following Elvis’ untimely death, though, his family remained in the spotlight, carving out careers for themselves in different areas. Priscilla in particular enjoyed great success in the 1980s, featuring in over 140 episodes of the classic TV show Dallas. The actress also showcased her comedic talents in the much-loved Naked Gun film trilogy, alongside Leslie Nielsen.
However, while Priscilla eventually dropped out of acting in 1999, she had already established herself as a notable businesswoman. Indeed, following her ex-husband’s passing, she helped form Elvis Presley Enterprises, a company that opened up Graceland to the public. Priscilla also gave birth to another child in 1987, following a three-year relationship with director Marco Garibaldi.
Meanwhile, Priscilla’s daughter Lisa Marie has endured plenty of ups and downs in the years since Elvis’ death. At the age of 17, she was sent to a Scientology rehab center after getting involved in drugs. During her time there, though, the teenager found love, meeting rockstar Danny Keough.
The pair eventually got married in October 1988, before having their first child together the following year. Indeed, Danielle Riley Keough was born in May 1989, becoming Elvis’ first grandchild. Lisa Marie then gave birth to her second baby three years later, naming him Benjamin.
In some ways, Lisa Marie’s marriage to Danny mirrored her own parents’ relationship, as they too got a divorce after six years together in 1994. After that, she engaged in a number of high-profile relationships with the likes of Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage, but they didn’t last.
Following that hectic period, Lisa Marie then kick-started a career in music, releasing three albums in nine years. Storm and Grace in particular got rave reviews upon its arrival in the charts in 2012. However, in-between making those records, she got married again.
Indeed, in January 2006, Lisa Marie celebrated her fourth wedding, tying the knot with musician Michael Lockwood. Some two years after that, she then welcomed two more children into the world, giving birth to twin girls Harper and Finley.
As for Lisa Marie’s oldest daughter, she had big ambitions of her own. Now just known as Riley Keough, the actress wanted to forge a path for herself, instead of living off her famous family name. “I always wanted to have my own money — not my family’s money,” she told Esquire magazine in March 2016.
“I don’t think it had anything to do with me being Elvis’ granddaughter,” Riley continued. “None of my drive was, ‘I need to get away from my family legacy.’ I wanted to save up the money to go to film school.” Following a stint as a model, she then moved into acting, making her movie debut in 2010.
After appearing in The Runaways, Riley secured roles in several other projects, including 2012’s Magic Mike. However, her big break didn’t come until 2015, when she co-starred in the critically acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road. From there, the actress went on to star in movies such as American Honey, Logan Lucky and It Comes at Night.
Meanwhile, Riley’s brother Benjamin has avoided the public spotlight in recent years. Despite showing signs that he could follow in his grandfather’s footsteps after recording an album as a teenager, he never released it.
However, Lisa Marie provided a possible explanation for that back in 2012. “[Benjamin] does [look so much like Elvis],” she told the CMT channel. “He was at the Opry and was the quiet storm behind the stage. Everybody turned around and looked when he was over there. Everybody was grabbing him for a photo because it is just uncanny.”
Lisa Marie, meanwhile, has had her own troubles as her children make their way in life. After divorcing Michael Lockwood, she went back to rehab in 2016, with Priscilla then looking after the twins. They eventually reunited a year later.