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Once Upon A Time: Elvis And Anita

August 25, 2012 | Book

'Once Upon A Time: Elvis And Anita' by Jonnita Brewer Barrett, Anita's daughter :

The year was 1957. Elvis Presley was on top of the world. Just twenty-two at the time, he was not just the King of Rock 'n' Roll but a handsome prince who had his choice of all the fair maidens in the land, and yet, like a true fairy tale, he fell in love with Anita Wood, a rising musical talent with the looks of a beauty queen. Anita put her own career aside to be with Elvis, her first love and his steady girlfriend for the next five years.

'Once Upon A Time: Elvis And Anita' is a heartfelt memoir of Anita's life with Elvis from 1957 through 1962. Written by Jonnita Brewer Barrett, Anita's daughter, the book takes readers back to a magical time that many believe was among the best years of Elvis' life: His career was taking off, he had just purchased Graceland (where Anita lived with Elvis for most of their time together), and life seemed incredibly good.

Through her daughter, Anita recaptures the joy and excitement of two young people in love. She shares many key moments that bonded her with Elvis' family, including the shocking news that he had been drafted by the Army in 1958, and the devastation he felt later that year by the sudden death of his beloved mother, Gladys.

ONCE UPON A TIME traces Anita's own journey in show business which included appearances with such entertainment legends as Jack Paar, Buddy Hackett, Andy Williams and Dick Van Dyke. But it also revisits some of the most painful memories of Anita's life, from the lengths that Elvis' manager took to shield their relationship from the public, to the heartache and betrayal that made her realize that the fairy tale had to end.

Hardcover: 248 pages
Published: (28 July 2012)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
Weight: 5 Pounds

Source:Elvis Australia
vinny wrote on August 26, 2012
I watched something about this on Sky arts channel... It was more a running comentary on old video footage than stories we havn't heard before. I must admit i was little bored and not too impressed. Dont think i will be purchasing this book , but good luck with it anyway
Pieter wrote on August 26, 2012
"a rising musical talent with the looks of a beauty queen"?? It's a little miracle that she wanted Elvis! ;)
Presley Place wrote on August 27, 2012
Is this book available for purchase now. If so, where can it be purchased?
benny scott wrote on August 28, 2012
It's available at Amazon uk/usa/Canada/France. Always El.