Elvis Presley: Why His Relationship With ‘Viva Las Vegas’ Co-Star Ann-Margret Ended

by Clayton Edwards

There’s no denying that Elvis Presley could pretty much have his pick of women. He was an icon. On top of that, the King was easy on the eyes. He possessed a combination of fame, good looks, and that killer voice. So, his dating pool was vast. It included some of the most beautiful women in show business.

For instance, Elvis Presley was in a serious relationship with Ginger Alden when he died. She was the sister of Miss Tennessee 1976 and a stunner in her own right. The King also dated Linda Thompson. She was Miss Tennessee in 1970. However, most remember her as one of the “Hee Haw Honeys” on the classic variety show Hee Haw. However, his most gorgeous and famous lover was Ann-Margret, a Swedish-American actress.

Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret met in 1964 before filming began for Viva Las Vegas. The pair hit it off almost instantly and their friendship quickly blossomed into a passionate affair. It lasted around a year. However, several things would come together to put an end to their relationship.

How Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret’s Relationship Ended

A combination of things led to the downfall of their union. For starters, Elvis Presley was still in a relationship with Priscilla, who he would marry in 1967. Then, there was Colonel Tom Parker. Several things are his fault. However, he only played a minor role here. We’ll touch on that in a moment. The straw that broke the camel’s back, though, was a combination of an over-eager press and yellow journalism.

According to Express, Ann-Margret had to travel to London to attend the premiere Viva Las Vegas. She had to do so alone. Tom Parker didn’t have a passport, so he could not leave the country. So, that meant that Elvis Presley couldn’t leave either.

When Ann-Margret hit the red carpet, all the press asked her about was her alleged relationship with Elvis Presley. Then, they reported that the couple was deeply in love. Furthermore, some outlets said that they were preparing to announce their engagement. They were, in fact, not engaged.

Ann-Margret tried to call and warn Elvis Presley about what they were saying in the press. However, the big news had already reached the States. She then tried to explain that they were grossly exaggerating what she told them. It was all too much for the King, though.

Shortly after the press onslaught, Elvis Presley broke off the affair. He then returned to Graceland to propose to his then-girlfriend, Priscilla Beaulieu. They tied the knot in 1967, a year after the fiasco in London.