Video: Interview with Ginger Alden and Linda Thompson : 1980

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Ginger Aldren first met Elvis when she was five years old

Her father was a Public Relations Officer in the Army in Memphis. When Elvis returned from Germany and was no longer in the service, our family was invited, by an uncle of Elvis', to join Elvis and a group at the local fairground. Elvis remembered Ginger's father and walked over to meet him and his family. Elvis was so kind and cordial. He shook hands with each person and patted Ginger on the head. No one never dreamed thier paths would cross again or that in 15 years Ginger would become engaged to Elvis!

On the evening of November 19th 1976. George Klein called Ginger's sister Terry, the reigning Miss Tennessee, asking if she would like to meet Elvis. Terry was engaged at the time but thought, of course it would be nice to see Graceland and meet Elvis. She told George yes, but felt awkward going alone so she took Ginger along with her. When they arrived at Graceland they were escorted upstairs and in to Lisa Marie's bedroom. Ginger has said 'I know this sounds funny but when Elvis entered the room, I thought trumpets would sound'.

'He looked so handsome. He quickly sat in a chair and started talking with each of us.

It turned out to be a truly wonderful evening as he took us on a tour of Graceland'.

Joe Esposito : Elvis liked Ginger Aldren very much, but her mother pretty much controlled her and wanted to be around Elvis all the time. I don’t think he was going to marry her. He may have told her that he wanted to marry her and stuff like that, so she would stay around, but after a while he started to date her, he started to date other women too. I don’t think he was ever going to marry her.

Elvis Presley and Ginger Alden
Elvis Presley and Ginger Alden

Linda Thompson
Linda Thompson

Terry Alden
Terry Alden

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