Do you remember the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon that became popular in the late 90s and still enjoyed by some folks to this day. It was created by four students at Albright College in Pennsylvania who came up with the concept while watching Footloose. It was invented on the notion that any actor could be linked to Kevin Bacon through no more than six connections. Originally, connections meant appearing in a movie together, but over time it has come to include spouses, siblings, parents or children, girlfriends/boyfriends, etc.
If it takes six connections to make the chain from someone to Kevin Bacon, that person is said to have a Bacon Number of 6. Elvis has a Bacon Number of 2. It goes like this: Elvis appeared in Change of Habit with Ed Asner, and Asner appeared in JFK with Kevin Bacon. Two steps (degrees of separation) = a Bacon Number of 2.
So, let’s look at a variation of this we will call Six Degrees of Elvis. Believe it or not, we can find an Elvis/Bacon Number of 6 for this guy.
As scary as that connection sounds, here’s how it works.
Former beauty queen Linda Thompson was Elvis’ girlfriend for four years. She moved out of Graceland in 1976.
Then, in 1981 Linda Thompson married former Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner. They had two boys, but ultimately ended up divorcing.
In 1991, Bruce Jenner married Kris Kardashian. They remain married to this day, and have two teenaged daughters.
Kris Jenner has three daughters from her previous marriage, including media favorite Kim Kardashian.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West just had a baby, although they aren’t married.
So that’s the six degrees of separation between Elvis and Kanye West. Maybe it would have been smart to stop after the five degrees of separation between Elvis and Kim Kardashian. She’s a lot easier to look at than an arrogant rapper.
Speaking of good looking women, let’s go back to Linda Thompson and look at some interesting photos of her.
If you’ve ever played six degrees of separation between Elvis and another star, e-mail your successful connection to firstname.lastname@example.org. If enough come in, we’ll look at them on an ElvisBlog post.
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