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3717 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Only 10 minutes from downtown and 3 minutes from the Memphis Airport.
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Free walk-ups to the Meditation Garden are daily from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome to the official blog of Elvis Presley’s Graceland! You can take Elvis-inspired quizzes, get first-looks on events here at Graceland and how-to guides on everything you need to know about Elvis and his home. Like Elvis, we come with a little southern charm
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.
"It Happened at the World's Fair" was actor Kurt Russell's first movie.
Thanks to the Kurt Russell connection, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillian are just a few 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.
Actor and dancer Russ Tamblyn worked as a choreographer on "Jailhouse Rock." Tamblyn went on to star as Riff in "West Side Story" and has worked on the TV show "Twin Peaks."
Actress Amber Tamblyn, whose father choreographed "Jailhouse Rock," has starred in films like "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "The Ring." On the small screen, she's starred in "General Hospital" and "Joan of Arcadia."
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.
At Elvis Week 2018, Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston shared her memories of singing with Elvis.
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.”)
On August 28, 1971, Elvis received the Lifetime Achievement Award from, left to right, NARAS official Gene Merlin, Bing Crosby's nephew Chris Crosby and Bill Cole. This photo was taken in Elvis' dressing room in Las Vegas.
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 with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972, and Bing's son Gary starred with Elvis in "Girl Happy." George and Elvis are four degrees apart, whether you use Crosby's son or nephew as a connection.
Wanna play “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” with Elvis? Elvis has a “Bacon number” of two: Elvis starred in two movies with Ed Asner - “Change of Habit” and “Kid Galahad.” Asner starred in “JFK” with Kevin Bacon.
"Change of Habit" was the second time Elvis worked with the legendary actor Ed Asner. They also worked together in "Kid Galahad."
As you can imagine, there are even more connections. Stay tuned – we’ll post part 2 of this blog soon.
In the meantime, celebrate Elvis, his incredible career and the influence he continues to have on today’s artists when you visit Graceland! Be sure to check out the ICONS: The Influence of Elvis Presley exhibit, which features artifacts from stars who have been inspired by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. You’ll find artifacts from artists like Elton John, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, KISS, John Lennon, Joan Jett and many more.
What are some of your favorite Elvis connections? Share them in the comments!
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