The Life of Lisa Marie Presley


Alessandro De Stefano

Lisa Marie Presley passed away on January 12th, leaving behind her own legacy that was separate from her father’s. Lisa was born on February 1st, 1968 to Priscilla and Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Immediately, she was made for stardom, with her father, Elvis, being the most famous musician in the world at the time. She spent the first four years of her life in the iconic Graceland mansion before her parents divorced in 1973. Lisa then went on to move with her mother from Memphis to Los Angeles.

In 1977, one of the worst things that could happen to anyone happened to Lisa Marie. On August 16th, 1977, she woke up at 4 a.m. to see her father’s girlfriend, Ginger Alden, attempting to revive Elvis after finding him collapsed in the bathroom. But it was to no avail, as he was pronounced dead soon after. This broke Lisa, as she had quite a strong bond with her father. As she said here, “He’d always wake me up to sing in the middle of the night, get on the table, and sing.” She soon began acting out as a result of this traumatic experience. Lisa experimented with drugs and alcohol, and as a result, she was sent to multiple boarding schools.

After partially healing from Elvis’ death, she began her incredibly tumultuous love life. In 1988, her first marriage was to musician Danny Keough. They had two children together, Riley and Benjamin Keough. She divorced him in 1994. 20 days after her separation from Keough, she married the only musician who had come close to Elvis’ level of fame, Michael Jackson. Their relationship lasted two years and was tumultuous. Jackson was going through a very tough time with his drug addiction, failing health, and child molestation accusations. Presley filed for divorce in 1996 due to irreconcilable differences. In 1998, she became engaged to musician John Oszjaca. When she met star actor Nicholas Cage, her engagement ended. They got married on August 10th, 2002, and divorced on November 25th, 2002. Presley then married music producer Michael Lockwood for the longest and final time. Together, they had twin girls, Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love. They divorced in 2021.

Lisa Marie Presley followed in her father’s footsteps as a professional musician, although she was less successful. In 2003, she released her first studio album, To Whom It May Concern. It was a commercial success, as it was a gold-certified record and sold over 500,000 units. She then went on to release two commercial flops, 2005’s “So What” and 2012’s “Storm & Grace.”

Her life would not be devoid of tragedy for long. Lisa Marie’s eldest son, Benjamin Keough, committed suicide on July 12th, 2020. A spokesman for Lisa Marie said at the time of Benjamin’s death: “She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable, and beyond devastated… She adored that boy. “He was the love of her life.” She lived the rest of her life mourning his loss until she passed on January 12th, 2023, from cardiac arrest, leaving behind her own legacy.