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My Life With Elvis: The Fond Memories of a Fan Who Became Elvis' Private Secretary
My Life With Elvis The Fond Memories of a Fan Who Became Elvis' Private Secretary Author:Becky Yancey, Cliff Linedecker For more than two decades, until his sudden death in August 1977, Elvis Presley was perhaps the world's most celebrated superstar. He was adored by millions of devoted fans, whose most cherished wish was to be near him. Imagine, then, one of his fans having the colossal good luck to become Elvis's personal secretary for more than ten years, to ... more »learn to know and love the man behind the legend, to see first-hand the joys and problems that came from his international fame and fortune, how he attempted to deal with them, and how in the end he was defeated by the very success that had come to him with such suddenness.
Becky Yancey was a pretty 14 year old brunette from Memphis when she first met Elvis in 1954 at the beginning of his career. Eight years later, after a nearly disastrous interview with Elvis during a rollercoaster ride, she became his secretary and sometime confidant, and for nearly thirteen years thereafter she was in a perfect position to observe the goings-on at one of the most famous and yet little known landmarks of American entertainment: Graceland, the headquarters of the Presley empire in Tennessee. She observed Elvis and his father in good times and bad; became friends with their women and with Elvis's bodyguard, the "Memphis Mafia," as it was known. She documents Elvis's fabulous generosity, tells of his odd tastes in entertainment and food, sifts truth from myth and gossip, and with the help of veteran reporter Cliff Linedecker, shows that the reality of life with Elvis was no less amazing than the legend.« less