Elvis and the Beauty Queen

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Elvis and the Beauty Queen
Genre Drama
Written by Julia Cameron
Directed by Gus Trikonis
Starring Don Johnson
Stephanie Zimbalist
Ann Dusenberry
Rick Lenz
Music by Allyn Ferguson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) David Gerber
Producer(s) Charles B. Fitzsimmons
Jack N. Reddish (associate producer)
Location(s) Los Angeles
Cinematography Thomas Del Ruth
Editor(s) Fred A. Chulack
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) Columbia Pictures Television
David Gerber Productions
Distributor NBC
Original network NBC
Original release
  • March 1, 1981 (1981-03-01)[1]

Elvis and the Beauty Queen is a 1981 made-for-TV film starring Don Johnson and Stephanie Zimbalist.[1]

Don Johnson stars as Elvis Presley in this made-for-TV true story about The King's love affair with Linda Thompson (Stephanie Zimbalist), a young beauty pageant contestant who was his live-in girlfriend and traveling companion for four of the last five years of his life.[1] The story begins with their first meeting and traces their years together when Thompson tried to keep Presley off drugs in the last years of his career.[2] It aired on NBC-TV on March 1, 1981 at 9pm.[1]

Seven songs were recorded for the soundtrack in Nashville, Tennessee, with country singer Ronnie McDowell providing the vocals.[1] The band that backed Ronnie McDowell was The Glass Hammer, a Nashville-based band. The Glass Hammer consisted of Joe Meador: Guitar, Don Lee: Lead Guitar, Bill Conn: Keyboards and Horns, Larry Leath: Bass, and Rick Judkins: Drums.


  1. ^ a b c d e Worth, Fred (1992). Elvis: His Life from A to Z. Outlet. pp. 309–310. ISBN 978-0-517-06634-8. 
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082321/

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