Look at this tattered May 16, 1978 National Enquirer cover. Even though it’s a really sorry-looking thing, I still keep it in my collection of tabloids with Elvis on the cover.
It’s in there because the story page is in great shape, and it tells such a wacky story.
Ginger Alden was Elvis’ girlfriend during the last two years of his life. She was only twenty years-old when she found him dead in the bathroom. Supposedly, Elvis proposed marriage to Ginger on January 26, 1977, and gave her an 11.5 carat diamond ring.
This strange National Enquirer story is loaded with interesting quotes from Ginger, her mother, and her sister.
Ginger: “Elvis started speaking to me three days after he died.”
Elvis didn’t waste any time, did he?
Ginger: “Elvis was sitting on a chair beside my bed.”
So, she didn’t just hear him, she saw Elvis.
Ginger’s Mom: “I saw him once in our living room. His figure floated through the air…”
Mom had a really cool vision. Who wouldn’t prefer to see Elvis floating through the air over Elvis sitting on a chair? Fortunately, Ginger also saw Elvis float in other visions.
Ginger’s Sister: According to Mom, sister Rosemary “has seen Elvis’ outline two times in the living room. Each time he was wearing one of his jump suits.”
Wow, everybody gets visits from Elvis. I wonder if he also said hi to Ginger’s dog while he was there.
Ginger: “He comes to me in strange psychic dreams about every third night.”
Now this is getting weird.
As you might expect, these visits didn’t come off in an understated manor. They had all of the proper fanfare.
Ginger: “I remember vividly how it happened. I was lying in bed, drifting off to sleep. Suddenly, I felt his presence in the room. He was in his white jumpsuit and a flowing white cape.”
Wow, even a flowing cape, too. Very impressive.
Ginger: “He appeared above the bed and began singing our song, my all-time favorite, ‘Since I met you Baby.’”
How’s that for a pretty good dream, you female Elvis fans? Ever dreamed about a floating, singing Elvis?
And what if Elvis touched you while he was there?
Ginger: “When the song was over, he leaned forward and put his hand on my tear-stained cheek.”
Great image. Well done, Ginger.
And, of course, Elvis talks in the dreams
Elvis: “Don’t worry, Gingerbread. Everything is going to be all right. You can make it. You’ve got what it takes.”
Good for Elvis. We knew he’d be a nice guy and give assurance and encouragement to Ginger.
The article talks about a visit when Elvis gave career advice to Ginger.
Ginger: “It was Elvis who told me to accept the role in “The Living Legend.” When I was first offered the part by a movie producer, I turned to Elvis for help.”
Let’s see, you’re a beautiful model and Elvis’ former girlfriend. Is there any doubt you are going to take the part? But, you got in a nice plug in for the movie, so that’s cool.
Ginger: “I locked myself in my bedroom and said out loud, ‘Elvis, what should I do?’”
I love his answer to her. She said his voice came through to her soft and tender… but firmly.
Elvis: “Take it honey. “ You have the talent. You have the looks. This is your opportunity… Grab it.”
It seems highly probable that Ginger Alden ‘grabbed it’ when National Enquirer offered to do this article. Pretty good free PR. How do you like the photo of her that dominates the story page? As Elvis said, she’s got the looks.
If you notice a resemblance between Ginger and Priscilla, just listen to what George Klein (who introduced Ginger to Elvis) had to say in his book, Elvis: My Best Friend.
“[Ginger was] one of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever seen in my life… and to my eyes, she looked like a taller version of Priscilla. I knew Elvis would just melt when he saw her.”
I don’t know for sure how many times Ginger Alden appeared on tabloid covers, but I own two others. You will note that Elvis does not appear with her on either cover. Maybe someday I’ll do a blog article about them. But it won’t be as much fun as hearing about how Elvis talked to Ginger from beyond the grave.
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