Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley

Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley

by Suzanne Finstad
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Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley by Suzanne Finstad

The myth-shattering account of the most famous and most taboo love story in rock-and-roll history

Child Bride reveals the hidden story of rock icon Elvis Presley’s love affair with fourteen-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, the ninth-grader he wooed as a G.I. in Germany and cloistered at Graceland before marrying her to fulfill a promise to her starstruck parents. Award-winning biographer Suzanne Finstad perceptively pieces together the clues from candid interviews with all the Presley intimates—including Priscilla herself, along with hundreds of sources who have never before spoken publicly—to uncover the surprising truths behind the legend of Elvis and Priscilla, a tumultuous tale of sexual attraction and obsession, heartbreak and loss.

Child Bride, the only major biography of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, unveils the controversial child-woman who evolved from a lonely and sexually precocious teenager kept by the King of Rock and Roll into a shrewd businesswoman in control of the multimillion-dollar Elvis Presley empire, a rags-to-riches saga of secrets and betrayals that began when Priscilla was only three years old.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307790514
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/20/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 498
Sales rank: 91,368
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Suzanne Finstad is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood, named the best film book of 2001 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Several of her books, including the bestseller Sleeping with the Devil, have been adapted into movies. Her most recent biography is Warren Beatty: A Private Man.

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Child Bride 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the only preview given of this book is by no means objectiv. I suggest more people read this book to create their own opinion about it. The former Mrs. Presley is by no means an angel and has done what ever she could to cash in on her ex-husband. The things she did are at times shocking, she sold Elvis off after his death worse than the colonel did when Elvis was still alive. Even though she was nowhere mentioned in his will she took full control of the estate always stating that it was just because she needed to protect Lisa's interest. By the time Elvis married her the romance was over, but he was pressured to do so by her parents and the colonel in order to avoid a scandal that would have ruined his carrier. As English is not my mother tongue, there might be some orthograph mistakes in this preview, please excuse me.
amberjade11 More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest, Finstad does not come across as impartial at all. She seems to have a deep disdain towards Priscilla, and since her writing comes across that way.  For example,  we are told that Priscilla was so obsessed with Elvis that she had sex with Currie Grant in exchange for an introduction,  then we are told that it was Priscilla's parents who literally sold her to Elvis.  So which is it?  Then we are told that Elvis would only marry a virgin, and that Priscilla had sex with him on their second date.  Basically the book is full of the rantings of jealous ex boyfriends and Currie Grant, who was sued by Priscilla because of his claims and ordered to pay $75,000 in damages.   I read that the lawsuit stipulated he would not be required to pay as long as he stopped making allegations, which some say is evident of Priscilla's guilt, but personally I believe it to be exactly what Priscilla has said for years, that she has fought to protect the Presley name and image and will do so as long as she lives.  Unlike Suzanne Finstad,  I have a lot of respect for Priscilla.  When she divorced Elvis, which let's be honest,  most of would not be able to watch the man they married sleep with every woman they wanted and even keep them in hotel rooms next to each other, she never acted bitterly and has never bashed Elvis.  She said she didn't want to write "Elvis and Me" but she did for Lisa Marie.  Now who among us hasn't cleaned up the story of how they met their future spouse , if needed, for their children's sake?  Another example is the marriage itself.  The book makes the claim that Elvis did not want to marry Priscilla, and was pressured into it by the Colonel and Priscilla's father, and he really wanted to be with Ann Margaret.   Those who know Elvis have said many times that Elvis did not do what Elvis did not want to do.  Then we are told that Elvis went around telling people "I wish she would divorce me so I wouldn't have to divorce her" then we are told that Priscilla leaving Elvis broke his heart so badly he fell deeper into his addiction which led to his death.   He obviously said different things to different women, like most womanizers, but the proof is in the pudding.  If you look at any home movies or pictures of Elvis and Priscilla they always have their arms around each other and look very much in love.  
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is basically a book by all of Priscilla Presley's exboyfriends which seem to be them just upset that they are not with her anymore and jealous of the love that never ended between Priscilla and Elvis. It's actually pretty sad how low some people will be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reviewing this book and comparing it to Elvis and me, I do not unferstsnd why her psrents would allow her to be with him at age 14. Somewhere there was a plan to have Elvis marry her. All of a sudden after his death she appears and makes a grand stand she was his x wife not his widow. I do not believe she was a virgin when she met Elvis as she was worried about it, and was advised "Tell him you fell off a horse". The wedding was slapped together so fast I believe she was pregnant at that time with Lisa. Good ole boy Parker did not want to lose the golden goose. Marry her or else. And to leave his best friends our, like Elvis could not look ariund the room and make note certain people were missing? Elvis did not miss an eye for details. He should have married Ann Margaret it would have worked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what a waste. all this is, is a hatchet job on Priscilla. not worth the money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People aren't always who they seem. This is truly a different side of the Elvis/Priscilla that we all thought we knew.
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As an Elvis fan I cried... for him. PP's ex-men seemed truthful not mean spirited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didnt read but pricilla wasnt a virgin when she married elvis nobodys going to be in a house w/ aman and not sleep together tell that one to Judge Judy and see if she believes the same Shell tell you that dumb is forever
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elvis was a great person You Got Enough Of His Money You Knew What You Were Doing