Six Degrees of Elvis Presley

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll is one of the most well-connected celebrities. Of course, Elvis worked with some of the most influential and legendary artists of his day, including Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Mary Tyler Moore, Carl Perkins, Ann-Margaret, Jerry Lee Lewis, Angela Lansbury, and many, many others. It’s through those connections that you can connect Elvis to today’s biggest actors and singers. Naturally, there are countless connections to be made – but here are just a few of our favorites. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll loved comic books, and he’d probably be amused that he’s just a few degrees from today’s biggest comic book superhero movie stars. Actor Kurt Russell appears briefly in Elvis’ 1963 film “It Happened at the World’s Fair,” and Russell has enjoyed a lengthy career. In 2017 he starred in the blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” alongside stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper – putting them all just two degrees away from Elvis. Cooper stars in and directs the new hit musical “A Star is Born” with Lady Gaga, putting Gaga only three degrees from the king.   Actor and dancer Russ Tamblyn served as an uncredited choreography advisor for “Jailhouse Rock.” Tamblyn’s daughter, Amber, is an actress and has starred in films like “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “The Ring” and “127 Hours,” plus TV shows like “Joan of Acadia,” “General Hospital” and “Two and a Half Men.” That puts Amber at just two degrees from the king.   The legendary Angela Lansbury starred in “Blue Hawaii” as Elvis’ character’s mom – even though Lansbury was just 10 years older than the king. Lansbury is still working; in fact, she’ll star in the upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. That, too, puts those stars at just two degrees away from the king. Another star with just two degrees from Elvis is Whitney Houston. The legendary singer’s mother, Cissy Houston, sang back-up for Elvis as a member of The Sweet Inspirations. (She also sings on the new Elvis gospel record, “Where No One Stands Alone.”) Actor George Clooney also has family connections to the king. George Clooney is the nephew of the legendary actress and singer Rosemary Clooney, and she starred in “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby. Elvis has two connections to Crosby’s family: Crosby’s nephew Chris Crosby presented Elvis...
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