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Priscilla Presley Hair Lexicon

One of Priscilla Presley's favourite looks, Las Vegas, 1970.

By Tara Young

Affectionately known as America's royal family, Elvis and Priscilla Presley left their mark on the pop culture landscape both together and separately.

The ultra-glam Priscilla Presley (née Beaulieu) often remembered for her signature bouffant, thick lashes and sharp cat eyeliner also had a killer sense of style. Whether she was boarding a plane with her poodle, Honey, in the ’60s, lounging with Elvis at Graceland, or on-screen, the queen of Rock 'n' Roll was always dressed to the nines and her hair was immaculately presented.

Moving through her relationship with Elvis and beyond, Priscilla embraced her sense of style, took on business ventures and made her way into film and television. From the big hair in the '60s and glossy blowouts during the '70s to the pixies and bobs of the glitzy '80s and grungy '90s, Priscilla's looks are emblematic of each era.

Spanning six decades in the limelight, we've seen her as the rockstar wife, mother, businesswoman and actress and here are the highlights.

Priscilla Ann Wagner was born in Brooklyn on May 24, 1945. Following her fathers death when she was six months old, her mother remarried US Air Force officer Paul Beaulieu and she spent her childhood moving around to different bases.

In 1959, Priscilla met Elvis at a party when she was just 14 years old at a party at his house while stationed in Bad Nauheim, Germany.

A glamorous airport look featuring her dog, Honey, at Memphis Airport. No amount of hairspray was spared to execute this lavish hairstyle known as a "Bubble" bouffant.

1963 is the year and Priscilla Beaulieu is making the move to Elvis' home at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee at 17 years old.

Elvis and Priscilla's Vegas wedding. It was 9am and it took all of 8 minutes before the couple made it official. The six-tiered, yellow sponge cake was filled with apricot marmalade and liqueur flavoured cream.

Memphis glam; a big bow and an even bigger beehive! The private jet is on loan from Frank Sinatra, headed straight to the Honeymoon Hideaway, Palm Springs.

Priscilla at her second wedding reception hosted in the Trophy room at Graceland.

1968, a big beehive, pastel makeup and hot pink mod-minidress following the birth of their daughter, Lisa Marie.

Dolled up to the heavens with va va volume, tumbling ringlets and chocolate brown bows.

Priscilla's signature sharp cat eyeliner and a glossy 60s blowout make for the perfect driving look.

Priscilla and Elvis renew their vows, 3 years after they wed. This chic hair turban and a graphic floral is a dream vaycay look.

Thanksgiving, 1970.

Tom Jones, Elvis and Priscillas jet black beehive, mercilessly teased for show stopping height.

Lounging with a low-pony and super long locks. This was the year Elvis and Priscilla officially divorced.

Rhinestones, denim on Denim and a voluminous blowout marks Priscilla's high-end store opening Bis & Beau Boutique in 1973, where she started to adopt more of a natural bohemian look. This would be a turning point in her life and personal style.

Priscilla embraces her LA tan and 70s bombshell hair with a floral appliqué denim bikini and long, brushed-out waves and soft curtain bangs.


1976 brought on short hair, a black skivvy with a smoky eye and Robert Kardashian by her side. Two years before he went on to marry Kris Jenner.


Co-host Priscilla Presley on the set of Those Amazing Animals in a cool periwinkle boilersuit and red cap. The reality TV series featured strange and unusual animals from around the globe.

Priscilla with the horse Elvis surprised her with for Christmas back in '78.

Following the death of Elvis in 1977, Priscilla opened Graceland to the public in 1982. The ultimate rock 'n' roll pilgrimage.

The feathery bombshell waves continued into the 80s, accompanied by a western style satin shirt and oversized belt buckle. From 1983 - 1988, Priscilla played Jenna Wade in Dallas.

A sleek honey blonde bob and velvet dining jacket is totally 80s. Priscilla dines at the New York Hilton for the televised gala Night of 100 stars.

In 1988, Priscilla starred in one of her most famous roles to date: Jane Spencer in The Naked Gun trilogy where she wore her hair in a blunt lob with those classic lightly teased 80s bangs. It could have been worse.

Quintessentially 90s in a flat top hat, leather jacket and hidden behind round gold-rim Ray Bans, photographed with her 3 year old son, Navarone Garibaldi.

Holding on to the 80s with both hands. Red choppy pixie cut, tartan, polka dots and little leather gloves. A lot is going on but somehow it works? Only in 1991.

A little Meg Ryan influenced pixie cut with a side-part and chunky blonde highlights. Priscilla on the red carpet of the Bowfinger Premier.

Chunky blonde highlights, AKA mince and cheese. No one was spared.

The Wicked Queen with Cherry red waves in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Austin Butler and Priscilla Presley at the Met Gala.

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