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AP: Lisa Marie Presley talks about new exhibit
Presley said she sometimes doesn’t enjoy how her father is portrayed.
“There can be a sort of cheesy take on him, which I don’t always love sometimes _ you know, the later years and that whole thing with his white jumpsuit,” she said. “Now I’m probably over it. But I mean it was kind of running wild for a while. It was a little bit cringe-worthy.”
“There’s not been anything done properly with him yet, you know, that has satisfied me in terms of capturing everything,” she said. “It will happen, though.”
Presley said she is happy that Elvis Presley Enterprises is back in the hands of a private company, Apollo Management Group. The private equity group purchased CKx Inc., which owns Elvis Presley Enterprises and the “American Idol” franchise, in May 2011.
She likes the idea of updating exhibits and the Heartbreak Hotel at the Graceland tourist attraction, which is across the street from the home. She also would like to see revitalization of the poverty-stricken neighborhoods near Elvis Presley Boulevard.
“It makes me sad to see that, it does, because I remember when it wasn’t there,” she said. “I don’t like to see that anywhere I am, to be honest.”
Memphis officials have for years talked about improving some of the areas around Graceland, but nothing has been done. Graceland is one of Tennessee’s most visited tourist attractions and lures thousands of fans each year for a candlelight vigil to remember Elvis‘ death.
Officials anticipate a crowd next August that could match or exceed the 75,000 people who showed up at Graceland in 2007 for the 30th anniversary.
As for the exhibit, “Elvis Through His Daughter’s Eyes,” Presley said one of her favorite items is the golf cart key because it helps her recall the times when she was alone with her father, riding around the neighborhood.
“That was my life,” she said. “I carried it everywhere. It was never far from me or not on my person when I was a child. I hadn’t seen it in 35 years.”
It seems clear that Presley is enjoying being back at Graceland. She smiles when she remembers waiting for her father to come down the stairs in the afternoon, in full regalia.
“He was always fully, fully geared up. You’d never see him in his pajamas coming down the steps, ever,” she said. “You’d never seen him anything but `ready to be seen’ attire.”
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