Elvis Presley: How He Proposed to His First Girlfriend Anita Wood

by Madison Miller

Elvis Presley proved that his song “Can’t Help Falling In Love” was far too true.

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll had several romantic relationships throughout his life. With his charming personality, jokester tendencies, and swoon-worthy ballads, Presley was a natural romantic. He also had quite a career in some love-focused films like “Love Me Tender” and “Loving You.”

While his relationship and marriage to Priscilla Presley was his most well-known, Presley was in several serious relationships during his life.

His first girlfriend was Anita Wood. He met her while he was just starting out in the industry. He was then enlisted into the military in March 1958. Elvis then had to move to Friedberg, Germany for a couple of years. During this time, he was infatuated with Anita Wood. The two were together from 1957 to 1962. She was a TV performer and a recording artist. She had even signed a contract with Paramount Pictures to start acting but had eventually given that up for Elvis.

Elvis Presley Promises To Marry Anita Wood

According to Express, his mother, Gladys Presley, adored them together and wanted them to get married one day. She had also grown up in rural Tennessee just like Presley. While he was stationed in Germany, Presley sent her heartfelt letters like a scene out of a Nicholas Sparks movie.

He even promised to one day marry her in one of the letters he wrote to Wood. He wrote, “Also, I guarantee that when I marry, it will be to Miss Little Presley Wood.”

At the time, Presley had a lot on his plate, however. Before leaving for the military, he had already released five albums and had started his film career. Presley was accumulating a following — quickly and steadily.

“There is a lot you have to understand though. Only God knows when the time will be right. So you have got to consider this and love me, trust me and keep yourself clean and wholesome because that is the big thing that can determine our lives and happiness together … If you believe me and trust me you will wait for me and our future will be filled with happiness. With God’s help it will work itself out and you will understand and be patient. I worked so hard to build up my career and everything, and if you truly love me you would not want anything to happen to it and cause me to be unhappy,” Presley also wrote.

Elvis Presley Meets Priscilla

In some ways, Elvis Presley’s letter reads like a threat disguised as romance. However, he seemed adamant about building a future with Wood. He even wrote something about a future “Little Elvis Presley” in the letter. He also asked for her to not share the letter or its contents with anyone. That seems to have fallen through at some point, clearly.

Despite the promises and the longing tales of their future, Presley didn’t keep his focus on Anita Wood for too long. He met Priscilla Presley in 1959 while he was still overseas. The two quickly started a relationship, despite the fact that she was 14 and he was 24 when they met.

As it turns out, both Presley and Wood moved on from their intimate fling. She would later marry NFL player Johnny Brewer.