Updated: Jul 11
✦ Elvis Aaron Presley, one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century, was an American singer and actor, widely referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll".
Even after several decades, Elvis still has a profound impact on popular culture as we know it today. His ascent into superstardom in the 1950s was one that America had never seen before, and one that was only made possible by his fervently devoted fans.
Wauchope local Stephanie Purhouse is a devoted fan to say the least. She has travelled the east coast of Australia to various Elvis events and made the trek to the USA to walk the grounds of Graceland, the home of Elvis.
Stephanie was a co-organiser of our Brilliant Elvis Movie Premiere on 23rd June 2022, encouraging clients to attend and dress the part, something Stephanie herself excelled at on the day.
Stephanie’s thoughts on the movie…
“Baz Lurhman and Austin Butler did a fabulous job of depicting Elvis in his youth and as he grew older and more into his music. The movie showed how talented he always was, and how his religious traits came into his music. Having grown up in a black area, it was only natural, that he learnt at a young age how to relate and move to music in general.”
Stephanie told us the movie filled her with a mix of emotions, “How he was exploited by Colonel Tom Parker, who was an illegal immigrant, was very heart-breaking and each scene with that in it was emotionally charged for both fans and non-fans. The part that really got to me was when his own father did what the Col. wanted and not what would have been healthier and better for Elvis.”
Stephanie loved the part when Steve Binder and Co. managed to get Elvis to do the 68 Comeback special (as a Christmas show). “That showed how much Elvis loved to perform in front of a live audience. I don't want to give too much away about the movie, as I'd like to think people go see it and form their own opinions about Elvis and the Colonel.”
An accurate depiction of Elvis?
“I think so,“ Stephanie said. “The movie was fairly accurate and confirmed a lot of what I have been very vocal about for years, that basically Elvis was exploited. But, it didn't show his humanitarian side of giving without being acknowledged.”
Why are you such an Elvis fan?
“That’s a hard one,” she says with a smile. “I've always loved Elvis from the time I was 2-years-old, so, I guess, it was his music first, then his charisma in movies, and then the combination of the music and charisma once he began performing again on-stage.”
For Stephanie now, it's mixing with like minded Elvis fans. Over the years, she has met and spoken with a lot of people who worked both with and for Elvis. “When they talk to you and discover how you feel about Elvis, they tell you the most profound things about him," she explained. "I am regularly on the internet with a friend in England involved with the Circle G ranch (that's how I met her) and we talk about Elvis a lot.”
Stephanie reads anything she can on Elvis and supports his charities when she can. “His charities are still going 45 years after his death. I will always love Elvis, his singing, music, humanitarian ship, beliefs, tenacity, he himself, but I will never forget how he was used by a lot of people around him and what that eventually led to.”
Elvis was a philanthropist
A little known item about Elvis was how much he loved children and people in general and helped them if he could.