Virtual Elvis Week will be offered through a private, closed Facebook group which will allow fans the opportunity to watch the special programming at the best time for them. All concerts, panels and other special content will be available for viewing through the end of August. Tickets for Virtual Elvis Week 2020 are $39 and available for purchase online.
Today at Graceland:
Conversation on Elvis Panel – Friends of Elvis 1
All new interviews!
Available for viewing starting at 7:00 AM CT. *
Hosted by Elvis Week host Tom Brown, enjoy newly-recorded interviews with Mother Dolores Hart, who co-starred with Elvis in “King Creole” and “Loving You”; Marlyn Mason, who co-starred with Elvis in “The Trouble with Girls”; Sam Thompson, Elvis’ bodyguard and the brother of Elvis’ girlfriend Linda Thompson; and Charles Stone, who worked closely with the Colonel on Elvis’ tours and career.
2017 Songwriters Showcase
Available for viewing starting at 6:00 PM CT. *
Join host Andy Childs at the Soundstage at Graceland for a show featuring music, stories and special guests talking about the music they wrote for Elvis. The showcase features guests Mac Davis, who wrote many of Elvis’ hits, such as “In the Ghetto”; Mike Stoller, who with his partner Jerry Leiber, wrote more than twenty songs recorded by Elvis, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Loving You,” “Love Me,” and “Treat Me Nice”; and Mark James, who wrote “Suspicious Minds,” “Always on my Mind,” “Moody Blue,” among others.
As mentioned she appeared in two Elvis films: “Loving You” (above) in 1957…
And “King Creole” in 1958…
After the Elvis movies she debuted on Broadway, winning a 1959 Theatre World Award as well as a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress for her role in The Pleasure of His Company.
In 1960, Hart got a big break, starring in “Where the Boys Are” Four more films came, the last opposite Hugh O’Brian in 1963’s “Come Fly with Me.”
Hart decided to leave the movie business, got engaged to Los Angeles businessman Don Robinson, and subsequently broke off the engagement.
Then came a move that startled the industry when Hart was just 25.
The actress became a Roman Catholic nun at the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. Today at the age of 80, she is the Rev. Mother Dolores Hart, prioress, or second-in-charge, at the abbey.
Hart has written a book.
And in 2011 Hart was the focus of a documentary, “God is the Bigger Elvis.”