Imagine being one of the lucky girls who had the opportunity to date the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Back in the 1950s, Elvis had a legion of adoring female fans who dreamed of being his one and only. But the truth was, Elvis was quite the ladies’ man. In fact, he once claimed to be dating around 25 girls regularly! Let’s take a closer look at some of the “Elvis Girls” who were paraded in public to create the illusion that Elvis was playing the field.
Judy Powell Spreckels
Judy Powell Spreckels was one of the first “Elvis Girls” to be publicly associated with the singer. In an article by Roger Beck in the Los Angeles Mirror News, it was revealed that Judy and Elvis were the subject of romantic gossip. A photo showed Judy and Elvis together during rehearsals for a television appearance. Both denied any romantic involvement, insisting they were just friends.
Barbara Ann Hearn
Barbara Ann Hearn was another girl who had the chance to date Elvis. She claimed to have been dating him for two months and described him as a considerate and nice boy. They enjoyed going to the movies and spending time together, but Barbara made it clear that they were just good friends and there was nothing serious between them.
According to entertainment columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, Lyda Fairbanks was Elvis’s latest “Big Crush.” The statuesque blond heiress reportedly met Elvis at the Plantation Club in Nashville and their connection continued when he visited New York. However, Lyda was hesitant to pursue a relationship due to their age difference.
Actress Natalie Wood also had a brief relationship with Elvis, although it was kept quiet. Entertainment writer Aline Mosby described their romance as sizzling, with Natalie gushing about Elvis’s qualities and the special connection she felt with him. She saw him as a real and down-to-earth boy, and she wasn’t alone. Girls all over the country were in love with him!
Joan Bradshaw had a bit part in Elvis’s film “Loving You” and that’s where they met. Unfortunately, their relationship ended on a sour note. When Elvis showed up unannounced at Joan’s apartment and found another guy there, things took a turn for the worse. Joan defended herself, saying she wasn’t going steady with Elvis and didn’t have to wait around for him. The incident led to Elvis driving his Cadillac across the front yard, damaging the flowerbed.
Venetia Stevenson, a young woman from Hollywood, visited Elvis in Memphis. She had known him for a while but had declined previous invitations to meet his family. Eventually, she accepted and became Elvis’s houseguest. According to Venetia, Elvis was excited to see her and even forgot her luggage at the airport! They enjoyed a private midnight showing of his movie “Loving You” and spent time together. However, Venetia had more interest in horses than in men.
Anita Wood was a significant figure in Elvis’s life in 1957. Unlike the other girls, Elvis publicly declared her as his “No. 1 girl.” They started dating in June, and Elvis even gave her an expensive ring, although Anita insisted it wasn’t an engagement ring. Their relationship continued until Elvis’s deployment to Germany, where a new group of “Elvis Girls” awaited him.
It’s fascinating to look back on the parade of girls who surrounded Elvis Presley in the 1950s. Each girl played a part in maintaining the image of the available Elvis, keeping his fans’ dreams alive. These girls were just a few of the lucky ones who had the chance to experience the magic of being with the King of Rock and Roll.
To learn more about Elvis and his remarkable life, visit All about Elvis.