During a Q-and-A before the premiere screening of Sofia Coppola’s new biopic drama film Priscilla, the actress and ex-wife of Elvis Presley, 78, admitted she still struggles over Lisa Marie’s untimely death at the age of 54 this past January.
‘It’s not easy. It still isn’t easy,’ she said in front of fans and journalists, as reported by People, before elaborating, ‘It’s still unbelievable, and you have to get yourself through it…I have to be here for her.’
Priscilla went on to reveal that the last time she and Lisa Marie were together was at the 2023 Golden Globes, where they rooted for Austin Butler to win Best Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama for his role as the King Of Rock ‘N Roll in Baz Luhrmann‘s acclaimed biopic Elvis.
‘We were in the audience, and we were holding hands, and we were pushing for Austin,’ Priscilla recalled.
‘Obviously he got it, and we celebrated and that was such a great time and a great memory, because two days later she passed. So it was great that we had that time together.’
She added, ‘She left me with a lot of good memories.’
Priscilla and Lisa Marie celebrated Butler’s Golden Globe win, which was held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills January 10, with the film’s director and co-writer, Baz Luhrmann, who came into the night with nominations for Best Director – Motion Picture and Best Motion Picture – Drama.
Less than two days later, Lisa Marie suffered cardiac arrest at her home in the Calabasas neighborhood of Los Angeles on the morning of January 12.
Her heart was restarted after CPR was administered during the rush to a local hospital, but she died later that same day.
While chatting about life as a Presley at the Q-and-A, Priscilla (born Priscilla Ann Wagner, sir name changed to Beaulieu), 78, also opened up about her relationship with her granddaughter, Riley, Keough, whom she recently reached a settlement agreement with over Lisa Marie’s estate.
‘We are very close. I don’t care what you read in the paper, we are very close. In fact, we’re having Thanksgiving together,’ Priscilla said.
‘We keep the families together, but there are rumors and stuff in the paper that we’re fighting, and it’s not true at all.’
She continued, ‘Riley and I have never had any kind of problem. We’re here to support the family and keep the family together.’
Upon the agreement approved by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Priscilla will receive a $1 million lump-sum payment funded by Lisa Marie’s $25 million life insurance policy, and be buried near Elvis at Graceland upon her death, while her son Navarone Garibaldi, 36, will be a beneficiary of Lisa Marie’s trust.
Garibaldi was born out of Priscilla’s longtime relationship with Marco Garibaldi (1984–2006).
Keough, a successful actress in her own right, has also gone public to make it clear that things with her grandmother were settled, in an interview with Vanity Fair in August.
‘Things with Grandma will be happy. They’ve never not been happy,’ she said.
‘There was a bit of upheaval, but now everything’s going to be how it was.’
She went on to add, ‘She’s a beautiful woman, and she was a huge part of creating my grandfather [Elvis’] legacy and Graceland. … It’s a big responsibility she has tried to take on. None of that stuff has really ever been a part of our relationship prior. She’s just been my grandma.’
After making its world premiere at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on September 4, Priscilla was released in the U.S. by A24 in limited theaters on October 27, before expanding wide on November 3.
Just days before its theatrical release, the former Naked Gun star took to her Instagram page to promote the film, while offering her support to Coppola.
‘@priscillamovie is actually based off my book ‘Elvis and Me’. Sofia Coppola came to me and said she would like to make it into a film. I can’t think of anyone I would have trusted more than Sophia to bring this book to life,’ she shared before listing the premiere dates, along with the hashtags: ‘#priscillamovie #elvisandmebook.’
The former Dallas star is also helping promote Priscilla with three storytelling dates at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas.
Written and directed by Coppola, who’s acclaimed for her previous work on The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost In Translation (2003), Marie Antoinette (2006) and Somewhere (2010).