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Elvis and the women he loved

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Alana Nash is a local writer out with the book called "Baby Let's Play House: Elvis and the women who loved him" --- it's a bio that documents relationships Elvis had with women including Ann-Margret, Raquel Welch and even "I Dream of Jeannie's" Barbara Eden.

 

Barry Bernson talked with Alana Nash about how she wrote the book and what she discovered along the way. @

Thirty-two years after his death, Elvis' extraordinary physical appeal, timeless music, and sexual flamboyance continue to fascinate, titillate, and excite. Though hundreds of books have been written about The King-one of the premier sex symbols of the '50s and the prototype, in all his sex-and-drugs excess, for all the rock idols who came after him-no book has solely explored his relationships with women and how they informed his art and life.

Based on exclusive interviews with the many women who knew him in various roles-lover, sweetheart, friend, co-star, and family member-veteran music writer Alanna Nash's fascinating new book explores Presley's love affairs with, among others, Ann-Margret, Linda Thompson, Sheila Ryan Caan, June Juanico, Barbara Leigh, Joyce Bova, and Cybill Shepherd, as well as his friendships with actresses Raquel Welch, Barbara Eden, Mary Ann Mobley, Yvonne Craig, and Celeste Yarnall. The book also spotlights important early girlfriends (Regis Wilson, Carolyn Bradshaw, Wanda Jackson, and Barbara Hearn) and the women who dared turn him down (Cher, Petula Clark, and Karen Carpenter).

Nash presents Elvis in a new light: a charming but wounded Lothario who bedded scores of women but seemed unable to maintain a lasting romantic and sexual relationship. His problems-rooted first in the death, at birth, of his twin brother and his morbidly close relationship with his mother, and later in his reliance on prescription drugs-drove him to channel much of his emotional and sexual energy into his performances, which defined the erotic dreams of his generation.

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