Entries in Lisa Marie Presley (3)


Michael Jackson’s Sleepless Letter to Lisa Marie Presley

Julien''s Auctions/Splash(NEW YORK) -- Long before Michael Jackson‘s use of the anesthesia propofol as a sleep aid became known, he wrote a desperate letter to his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley lamenting his need for sleep.

The letter, written in the singer’s childlike scrawl, reads:  “Lisa I truly need this rest I haven’t slept litterally [sic] in 4 days now. I need to be away from phones and Business people. I must take care of my health first Im’ [sic] crazy for you.” It’s signed, “love Turd,” Jackson’s apparent nickname. At the top is a box next to the words “smell here.”

Written sometime between 1993 and 1996, the letter had been slated for auction and had been expected to fetch up to $1,200. But Presley reportedly complained to Julien’s Auctions, the company selling it, and the letter was taken off the auction block.

Owner Darren Julien told TMZ, “I’m assuming it’s a personal nature, and we wanted to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley.”

Presley was married to Jackson from 1994 to 1996.

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Elvis Presley’s Alleged Long-Lost Swedish Daughter Sues

Hulton Archive/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A Swedish woman who claimed she is Lisa Marie Presley and even wrote a book about her ordeal filed suit against the King of Rock and Roll’s estate for libel and emotional damages she claimed she suffered after she received a scathing letter from the Presleys’ lawyer.

Lisa Johansen filed suit in U.S. District Court last week, seeking $130 million for libel and emotional damages.

“One need look at little more than the description of her ludicrous tome on Amazon to recognize that, at best, Lisa Johansen is delusional,” Hollywood attorney Marty Singer wrote on behalf of the Presley estate.

Johansen published a memoir called I, Lisa Marie: The True Story of Elvis Presley’s Real Daughter in 1998.

“Dazed by grief over the sudden death of her famous father, the young girl is whisked from her life in America to the obscurity of a comfortable exile in Scandinavia. It is for her own safety that she must assume a new identity until she comes of age to take her rightful place as the sole heir of a huge estate,” reads a description of the book.

“Lisa Marie (aka Lisa Johansen) Presley” has been known to certain members of the Presley family ever since she began making the strange claim many years ago that she was Lisa Marie Presley,” Singer wrote.

He said the family remained intent on taking the “high road,” despite Johansen’s behavior.

Singer wrote of several bizarre instances involving Johansen, including the time when she tricked staff into letting her into restricted areas of Graceland.

She “fled when a security alarm rang,” Singer wrote, adding that “she was later seen on surveillance video after removing items from the property.”

A representative from Graceland declined to comment on the suit.

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Lisa Marie Presley: Michael Jackson Thought His Life Was in Danger

Photo Courtesy - Peter Kramer/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Michael Jackson believed his life was in danger before he died last year, according to his ex-wife, Lisa Marie Presley.  In an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show that aired Thursday, Presley recalled Jackson's concern during their last conversation, in 2005. 

She said Jackson told her "that someone was going to try to kill him to get hold of his catalogue and his estate."  She said he specifically mentioned people who might be targeting him, but Presley wouldn't divulge those names to Winfrey.

Presley, who married the pop icon in 1994 and was divorced from him two years later, said Jackson resisted efforts from people who tried to help him with his drug addiction, but she still wishes she had been there for him.

She said, "Had I just said, 'How are you?' Can I try to make a phone call? I really...regret that I didn't."

Michael died in June of 2009 of an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.

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