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Elvis Presley’s Teenage Romance Ruined by His Mom – ‘Not Home!’ | Music | Entertainment

Elvis Presley found himself in one of the most difficult situations possible in the mid-1950s when he was pushed between his mother and her lover. At 22 – just before he became a global sensation – Elvis was dating a young actress named Natalie Wood. The American starlet appeared in Rebel Without a Cause and later starred in West Side Story.

And when Elvis crossed paths with Natalie – who was born this week, July 20, 1938 – sparks flew. But it couldn’t last.

Natalie’s sister, Lana Wood, wrote and published a memoir called “Natalie: A Memoir By Her Sister” after the star died on November 29, 1981. The 43-year-old drowned under mysterious circumstances.

Lana detailed some of the lesser-known events in her sister’s life. In the book, she revealed Elvis’ relationship with his mother, Gladys Presley, between the star and his sister.

Gladys and Elvis had an extremely close relationship. They spent a lot of time together and gave each other baby nicknames.

Priscilla Presley – Elvis’ future wife – later called Gladys “the love of his life”. But when Elvis met Natalie, he thought he had found the right one for him.

To impress her early on, Elvis invited Natalie on a date at the movies. He proceeded to buy the whole cinema to show him how important he was.

Soon after, he invited her to his house to impress his parents. But Gladys apparently wasn’t too impressed with the Hollywood girl.

Gladys notably had a problem with the star’s choice of dress. Elvis biographer Ray Connelly wrote, “Natalie wore a very flimsy nightgown around the house.”

Gladys would have shouted: “Not at my place!”

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Natalie claimed it was Gladys’ fault that her relationship with Elvis broke down.

At one point, Lana recalls, Natalie went on a week-long trip with Elvis and his parents. But she could barely last two days.

Lana wrote: “‘Gladys destroyed everything,’ Natalie said, referring to Elvis’ overbearing and jealous mother. ‘I don’t stand a chance. Get me out of this, and fast.'”

For the second time, she escaped early from the Elvis adventure because of her mother.

Shortly after, they separate. But not before Elvis gets a little bitter about their time together.

Natalie was not fondly remembered by Elvis, who was drafted into the United States Army soon after.

Ray writes in his biography: “Later, [Elvis] called her ‘Mad Nat’, I think she got mad.”

Lana agreed, writing, “There were people who [Natalie] idolatrous. Elvis was not one of them.”

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