The Intricate Tapestry of Elvis Presley’s Family: A Journey through Generations

Since the untimely passing of the “King” of rock ‘n’ roll in 1977, the Presley family has seen its fair share of drama, heartbreak, and moments of triumph. While Elvis Presley’s professional legacy as one of the most influential artists in history is well-documented, his family’s story is more intricate and, at times, tumultuous. Let’s delve into the web of connections that make up the Elvis Presley family tree, featuring notable members such as Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, and Riley Keough.

Priscilla Presley: The Ex-Wife

Priscilla Ann Wagner, born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 24, 1945, became part of the Presley family in 1967 when she married Elvis. Their union resulted in the birth of their daughter, Lisa Marie. However, their marriage ended in divorce in 1972. Priscilla later had a son, Navarone Garibaldi Garcia, from a separate relationship. An accomplished businesswoman, Priscilla became the executor of the Graceland estate in 1979. She has ventured into acting, publishing a best-selling memoir, “Elvis and Me,” and launched her line of beauty products. Recently, the 77-year-old made headlines for her legal dispute with granddaughter Riley Keough over control of Graceland following Lisa Marie’s passing.

Priscilla Presley in January 2023

Lisa Marie Presley: The Daughter

Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis and Priscilla, was born on February 1, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. Her early life saw her move to Los Angeles with her mother after her parents’ divorce when she was just 4 years old. She experienced a tumultuous journey marked by substance abuse and four marriages, including ones to musician Danny Keough, pop superstar Michael Jackson, actor Nicolas Cage, and music producer Michael Lockwood. Lisa Marie also ventured into music, with her first two albums achieving success on the Billboard 200. Tragically, Lisa Marie passed away at the age of 54 on January 25, 2023, after suffering cardiac arrest.

Lisa Marie Presley sings during her first public performance on Good Morning America in 2003.

Danny Keough: The Former Son-in-Law

Born on November 6, 1964, Danny Keough was Lisa Marie’s first husband. The two married in 1988 and had two children together, including Riley Keough and the late Benjamin Keough. Despite their divorce in 1994, Danny remained on good terms with Lisa Marie, even becoming her bassist during her music career. They lived together at the time of Lisa Marie’s passing.

Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough attend a movie premiere in June 1991.

Riley Keough: The Granddaughter

Riley Keough, born on May 29, 1989, is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough. Transitioning from modeling to acting, Riley has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry. Her filmography includes notable roles in movies like “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “American Honey,” “Logan Lucky,” and “Zola.” She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the Starz drama “The Girlfriend Experience” and played the title character in the Amazon Prime Video series “Daisy Jones & the Six.” Currently, Riley is engaged in a legal battle with her grandmother Priscilla over control of the Graceland property.

Riley Keough attends a screening for Daisy Jones & The Six in January 2023.

Benjamin Keough: The Grandson

Benjamin Storm Presley Keough, born on October 21, 1992, was the second child of Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough. Although he signed a record deal with Universal in 2009, he never released any music under the agreement. Tragically, Benjamin passed away by suicide at the age of 27 on July 12, 2020. Known for his physical resemblance to his iconic grandfather, Benjamin was a humble and loving individual, despite his family’s fame.

Benjamin Keough with his mother, Lisa Marie Presley, in November 2010

Michael Lockwood: The Former Son-in-Law

Michael Lockwood, born on May 21, 1961, was married to Lisa Marie Presley on January 22, 2006. A guitarist and producer, Michael was a member of the band Lions and Ghosts and collaborated with artists like Aimee Mann, Carly Simon, and Fiona Apple. Their marriage ended in a highly publicized divorce in 2021, during which Lisa Marie admitted to cocaine abuse. Following Lisa Marie’s death, Michael became the legal guardian of their twin daughters, Harper and Finley.

Lisa Marie Presely and Michael Lockwood attend a Mad Max: Fury Road premiere in May 2015.

Finley and Harper Lockwood: The Granddaughters

Finley Aaron Love Lockwood and Harper Vivienne Anne Lockwood, born on October 7, 2008, are the twin daughters of Lisa Marie and Michael Lockwood. Their custody was the subject of a contentious legal battle during their parents’ divorce, which eventually concluded in 2021. Together with their half-sister, Riley Keough, they are beneficiaries of Lisa Marie’s contested trust, which includes control of the Graceland property.

Finley and Harper Lockwood, both 14, are the youngest grandchildren of Elvis Presley.

The legacy of Elvis Presley lives on not only in his music but also in the complex, interconnected lives of his family members, who continue to navigate fame, challenges, and personal achievements.

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