Elvis Presley and Sophia Loren Meet on the King Creale Set, January 1958
Sophia Loren and Elvis met each other once - in February of 1958 - at Paramount Studios while Elvis was filming King Creole. Sophia flipped over Elvis! Sophia Loren met Elvis Presley at the Paramount Studios cafeteria while he is filming 'King Creole', in February 1958. Still photographer Bob Willoughby happened to be there and took these memorable shots of Sophia and the King. According to Bob Willoughby, Loren spotted 23-yr-old Presley eating lunch in the Paramount commissary and decided to go over & introduce herself. Which is to say, she promptly sat in his lap, gave him a kiss, & began mussing his carefully sculpted pompadour. He didn't mind.
'I bet you wish they would stop screaming' said the beautiful Italian actress.
'Never' answered Elvis. 'And I'll tell you why; they cover up my mistakes. Lots of times when I start reaching for a high note I know I'm not going to make it so I just make some crazy movement and the kids scream and no one knows the difference'. He also makes the movements when the music moves him. 'You know' he mused, 'the hardest thing in the World is to be yourself. Everytime I'm myself I get criticised for it'. At this Sophia comforted him: 'Elvis I think you are a very nice boy' 'Thanks a lot!' answered Elvis. 'You know thats the worst thing you can say about me'. The King of Rock n Roll is one of Miss Lorens most devoted fans. He turned to one reporter: 'You know, I've seen every picture she's ever made. She's only seen one of mine'.He'd like to team up with the Italian actress when he finishes his two years in the Army. His boss, Hal Wallis even has the script.
When Sophia Loren plopped herself down in Elvis Presley's lap at a Hollywood lunch and tousled his famous pompadour. 'He was very self-conscious, but when one of the most beautiful women in the world musses your hair, there's not a lot you can do', Mr. Willoughby told the London newspaper 'The People' in 1994.
Elvis and Anita Wood looked at new auto-mobiles | March 19, 1958
Elvis with Gladys & Vernon + Army Induction | March 24, 1958
Elvis fan letter to President Eisenhower
Elvis Presley Inside King Creole
Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959
Elvis in the U.S. Army in colour
Elvis Presley Western Hills Inn, Euless, Texas | August 9, 1958
Elvis Presley August, 1958 | Methodist Hospital
Elvis Presley waiting at the Hospital for word on his Mothers condition | August 13, 1958
Elvis Presley August 14, 1958 | The Death of Gladys Love Presley
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