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November 13, 1956 |
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
|Residence||Long Island, New York|
|Spouse(s)||Ronald Leyser (1991-present)|
|Partner(s)||Elvis Presley (fiancé at the time of his death in August, 1977)|
|Parents||Walter & Jo Alden|
Alden first met Presley in 1961 through her father who had been Presley's induction officer when he joined the United States military in 1958. Her family had been invited to join Elvis at the fairgrounds for a night of fun. When she was 20 years old, she, her older sister Terry (Miss Tennessee 1976) and their sister Rosemary were introduced to Presley once again. Presley proposed marriage to Alden on January 26, 1977 at Graceland. He introduced Ginger and her family often during their courtship, and while on his tours and during his last CBS televised performance in 1977, Presley introduced her to a national audience and had planned to announce their engagement publicly on his upcoming tour in Memphis.
On August 16, 1977, Elvis and Ginger came in from playing a late-night game of racquetball. Elvis, unable to sleep, went to go read a book in his bathroom. Alden fell asleep and awoke that afternoon to find his lifeless body on the bathroom floor. Presley was 42.
After Presley's death, Ginger Alden made a career in modeling, television and film. She starred in numerous commercials, made guest appearances on television shows, and signed on to be a regular cast member of the 1986–87 season of the daytime soap opera, Capitol.
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