Elvis Presley first bought Graceland in 1957 and lived at the mansion for 20 years until his untimely death of a heart attack at 42. For much of the first decade of her life, his daughter Lisa Marie had a room next to his upstairs and would stay with her father in the holidays after he separated from her mother Priscilla. The King left the property in his will to his only child before it was opened to the public in 1982.
Aside from the actual buildings themselves at Graceland, Lisa Marie owns the contents of the Memphis mansion, which include Elvis’ awards, his clothes and all the artifacts on display to the public. There is also a vast, hidden vault on the property. The location is only known to a few people, but it contains a staggering array of archived items, documents and photographs.
Despite the property being open for tours, Elvis’ daughter still very much sees Graceland as her home and stays over sometimes. She often brings friends and family there to celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving, when she will entertain, using the kitchen and dining room.
But the home also now holds another incredibly important and personal part of her life.
Lisa Marie had four children: actress Riley Keough and musician Benjamin, from her marriage to Danny Keogh, and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood from her union with Michael Lockwood.
In 2020, her only son Benjamin Keough tragically died by suicide aged 27. He is buried alongside Elvis and the King’s parents and grandmother Minnie Mae in The Meditation Garden at Graceland.
Lisa Marie’s ties to Graceland are now more binding than ever.
She also remains one of the very few people permitted to go upstairs at the Neoclassical mansion. The area remains completely off-limits to the public. It was The King’s private refuge and also where he died. His daughter requires that those rooms be maintained just as Elvis left them in 1977.
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Four decades on since Graceland became a museum and there’s been a long-standing rumour surrounding its future.
Speaking previously with USA Today, Lisa Marie said: “Sometimes there are rumours about [Graceland] being sold. And that is NEVER going to happen.
“There’s always a rumour. It is NOT getting sold. Graceland was given to me and will always be mine. And then passed to my children. It will never be sold.”
As for his bedroom, the archivist added: “The bed is made, so we really maintain it the way that Lisa wants us to preserve it. So, unfortunately, [fans] can’t see it, but it is taken care of.”
The Graceland archivist even revealed the last record Elvis listened to, since it’s still on the record player. She said it was a fresh recording of JD Sumner and the Stamps.
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