Romances: Linda Thompson

Elvis Presley famously had 4 girls – Anita Wood in the 50s and over the Army years, where he met Priscilla,  brought her home and then Ann-Margaret in Hollywood and finally Miss Tennessee Linda Thompson during his Jumpsuit Concert and Vegas artist in residence.

Daily Elvis: May 23

May 23, 1950

Linda Thompson was born, later she was Elvis’s girlfriend for four and a half years starting in 1972.


June 15, 1969

“Hee Haw” with Roy Clark and Buck Owens began its 25-season run on TV, first as a summer replacement for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” on CBS. Elvis’ girlfriend Linda Thompson became part of the cast before Elvis died, he didn’t live to see her on it. Vernon Presley made an appearance – Hee Haw and other southern culture programs was cancelled in the Silverman Sweep of tv, before the three networks had speciality networks to compete with; all of which was rendered meaningless with the eventual merger of tv and internet.

Daily Elvis: July 6

Elvis meets Linda

There were many more than that and some of them serious, and many contenders as Mrs.

George Klien Memphis DJ and high school alumn and quasi-Memphis Mafia introduced the pair when Linda became Miss Tennessee.

The first public look into their relationship was a TV Movie: Elvis and The Beauty Queen, Starring Don Johnson as Elvis and Stephanie Zimbalist as Linda.


Linda Thompson uniquely spent an entire year with Elvis, before his pattern of ‘wives at home” and “girls on the road” routine set back in.

Linda Thompson was Elvis’ girlfriend while her pal Jeanne Dumay became a secretary by day and girlfriend guest by night.


Linda oversaw the decor change of Graceland from the blue to red, which was returned back to the blue Priscilla era when Graceland opened to the public.

Linda Thompson and Vernon and Linda, Elvis and Jeanne Lemay Dumas.



Jeanne LeMay Dumas release of a book and DVD – Elvis, Linda and Me and Elvis, The Beauty Queen and Me have been a new source of inside Graceland and especially Elvis’ bedroom images.

After the series of Jenner scandals, from the gender to the car accident causing death to a woman who danced with Elvis in the movie Double Trouble – Linda Thompson has released her own story.


Vernon and Dee Presley, Linda and Elvis


Daily Elvis: May 27

Heading to his first show of tour # 18 on May 27, 1976

the last known photo of Elvis and Linda – 1976


Including a 19 year marriage to Canada composer David Foster and a songwriting career.

Linda Thompson’s moving out of Graceland overlapped with Elvis’ attempt to move Ginger Alden in – and George Klien, already had another replacement for Alden.


Vernon Presley made an appearance on Hee Haw, where Linda worked.


Linda Thompson and Lisa Marie Presley  –

Lisa Marie October 24, 2000 and July 26, 2001
Lisa Marie August 13, 2001
Lisa Marie August 14, 2001
Linda Thompson September 4, 2001
Lisa Marie September 7, 2001
Lisa Marie at the 25th Anniversary Concert in Memphis on August 16, 2002

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Lezflirt: Elvis and Linda Thompson

Tabbing Through the Tabloids: Bruce/Belinda Jenner


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