Elvis and Gladys

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Book Elvis and Gladys

Elvis and Gladys (ISBN 1-57806-634-4) is a biography of rock and roll singer Elvis Presley by author and film industry insider, Elaine Dundy. The book recounts Presley's early life, the role his mother Gladys played in his formative years, and his beginnings in recorded music and film.

Hardcover edition published in the United States in 1985 by MacMillan Publishing Company, New York. ISBN 0-02-553910-8. It was reissued in paperback in 2004 by the University Press of Mississippi.

Widely acclaimed, the Boston Globe called it "Nothing less than the best Elvis book yet" and Kirkus Reviews, "The most fine-grained Elvis bio ever."[1]

The biopic which depicted Elvis' relationship with Gladys is featured in the TV series Elvis (2005), which starred Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis and Camryn Manheim as Gladys.

Dundy in the book claims that Elvis's great-great grandmother Nancy Burdine Tacket was Jewish, citing one of Elvis's third cousins, Oscar Tackett.[2] However, there is no evidence that Elvis or any of the Presley family believed in this claim and columnist and Jewish genealogist Nate Bloom has challenged the claim and described it as simply a "tall tale".[3]


  1. ^ Reading the South Archived 2006-08-13 at the Wayback Machine. – Center for the Study of Southern Culture Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Elaine Dundy, Elvis and Gladys, p.21
  3. ^ "The Jews Who Wrote Christmas Songs (2010)". 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-11-09. 

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