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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 (girlfriend 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 allegedly 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 (according to Alden) had planned to announce their engagement publicly on his upcoming tour in Memphis. This last claim regarding an engagement has not been verified by any members of the Presley family, nor by any of his close friends, and is therefore only based on the words of Ginger Alden herself.
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. A few years after the death of Elvis Presley, Ginger Alden appeared as the girlfriend of a jumpsuited singing star called 'Eli' in a forgettable movie called Living Legend, which appeared to have been loosely modeled on the latter life of Elvis Presley. The soundtrack was sung by Roy Orbison.
Ginger Alden is married and has one son.
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