Elvis and the Beauty Queen

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Elvis and the Beauty Queen
Directed by Gus Trikonis
Produced by Charles B. Fitzsimmons
Written by Julia Cameron
Starring Don Johnson
Stephanie Zimbalist
Ann Dusenberry
Rick Lenz
Music by Allyn Ferguson
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributed by NBC
Release dates
  • March 1, 1981 (1981-03-01)[1]
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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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