The film biopic of ELVIS PRESLEY, starring Austin Butler, focuses heavily on Priscilla Presley, his only wife, but omits key girlfriends. Since then, one has criticized Baz Luhrmann’s film as “not a biopic,” claiming, “I know the truth.” As Elvis Week begins 45 years after Elvis Presley’s untimely death at the age of 42, Baz Luhrmann’s biopic is now available for purchase or rental on home premiere. Since its release this summer, the film has received generally positive reviews, although some individuals who knew The King intimately have criticized its length.
Elvis focuses on The King’s relationships with his manager Colonel Tom Parker and the only woman he ever married, Priscilla Presley. Although the actor passed away in 1977, the biopic concludes with a scene set in late 1974 and completely ignores his last two significant relationships. Ginger Alden, who discovered his body, was one of them, as was his partner from 1972 to 1976, Linda Thompson. The latter appears in a fraction of a second of archival footage during the film but is never mentioned. Linda posted pictures of herself on Instagram at Graceland, where she lived with Elvis for four and a half years, around the time the film was released.
Nobody can ever take away your knowledge of the TRUTH… Your memories are permanently etched… Your value and significance in the lives of others… Create your own achievements and recognize your place in the world. That cannot ever be taken from you… Carry the honor of genuineness and wear it like a crown of glory! Your legacy is your history and the grace with which you handle it.” Later, Linda wrote on social media regarding the Elvis film, “No, I have not yet seen it. The trailer appears to be very entertaining, and Austin Butler’s performance appears to be outstanding. I would not call it a biopic, however, because so many crucial and influential figures in Elvis’s life are omitted. I spent four and a half years of my life living with and caring deeply for Elvis on multiple levels. I shared his hospital room whenever he was hospitalized. During those times, I had my own bed next to his. I traveled with him on every tour. I was the only woman in history to accomplish this feat. I attended every event in Las Vegas during those years. I literally saved his life multiple times.”
Linda broke up with Elvis amicably in December 1976 because she desired a more normal life away from the public eye. She added, “We remained in contact and loved each other until the day he died, despite the fact that we had ended our relationship and I had moved out of Graceland only eight months prior. Therefore, inclusion or exclusion in any film will never erase the significant role I played in his life and vice versa. But every true fan knows this already. Thank you for your continued support.”