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The Elvis / Marilyn Photoshop Awards — Part 1

Elvis and Marilyn Cheek Kiss

For the past ten years, I have been collecting images of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe together. She was born nine years before him (and died fifteen years earlier), and there is no record of them ever meeting, let alone having any romantic liaisons.

However, Photoshop jockeys and artists love to morph these two pop culture icons into fun pictures. I have my collection of them sorted into five categories, and just for kicks I rated the images in each group. So here are my rankings in ascending order.

Head Shots:

Elvis and Marilyn Back View

This one is okay, but I’m not crazy about seeing the back of Elvis head or the streaks of gray in his hair. I realize others might disagree.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Washed-out Sketch

This is too pale and washed out to suit me.

 

Andy Worhol hanging tapestries of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe

This Andy Warhol wall-hanging tapestry is probably worth a ton of money, but Elvis looks really bad.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Strange Colors

Even weirder colors on this one.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Color Head Shot

Good color here, but Marilyn looks better is so many other images.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Black and White Head Drawing

I like this, but I wish it was in color.

 

Elvis and Marilyn plus Original Photo

This is interesting, because it shows us the original Marilyn Monroe picture before Photoshopping.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Double Head Shot

The images are starting to get very good now.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Rings

First runner-up. This was a tough choice to make, because this is really good.

 

Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe

My choice for best head shot of Elvis and Marilyn. I like him smiling and she looks sweet. By a very small margin, that nudges out brooding and sexy. Feel free to disagree.

 

A Little Bit More:

 

Elvis and Marilyn 3

This one is okay, but what is that weird thing in the sky in the background?

 

Elvis and Marilyn Love Me Tender Photoshop

Serious Elvis fans will recognize that the original photo came from Love Me Tender where Elvis hugged Debra Paget.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Stamp

The artist that drew this Montserrat stamp did a good job on Elvis, but Marilyn looks terrible.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Happy Valentines Day

There are a couple of these Happy Valentine’s Day images, but I prefer Elvis and Marilyn without messages.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Neck Hug

Good artwork, but it would have been better in color.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Singing Together

I like the idea of having Marilyn and Elvis singing into a mic.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Happy Valentine's

Here’s the other Valentine’s Day image.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Red and Red

And here’s the same Marilyn picture used with a different Elvis.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Cowboy Hat

I wish someone had found a photo of Marilyn in a cowboy hat to use here.

 

Elvis and Marilyn 4

Now we’re getting to the really good ones. This looks like a beautiful young couple out on a date.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Shoulder Lean

Great picture. Love it.

 

Cosmic Elvis and Marilyn

My big winner. That cosmic background is so cool.

 

Like the first image in this group says:

Elvis and Marilyn – Stars Forever.

 

Next week we will look at these categories:  Full-Body Shots; Elvis, Marilyn, James Dean, and Humphrey Bogart, and Clever Combinations.

 

 

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Remembering Yvonne Craig

Elvis & Yvonne Craig Kissing in Kissin Cousins

Yvonne Craig, who co-starred with Elvis Presley in two movies, passed away on Monday, August 17. She died after a long two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 78.

When I read in Graceland.com/news that Yvonne Craig had passed away, I said to my wife, “My favorite Elvis co-star just died.” Then I had to think about if she really was. Certainly Ann Margret and Shelly Fabares are up there in my list of favorites, and I absolutely loved Michele Carey, Jocelyn Lane, and Ann Helm in their roles.

So, to settle this confusion, I used the ElvisBlog “Search” box to see which actress I had written about the most. It was no contest. Yvonne Craig had been mentioned in nine posts, and pictured in seven of them. Definitely my fav.

Here are excerpts from some of those old articles.

 

The Elvis / Star Trek Connection – Posted August 23, 2009:

Yvonne Craig as Marta in Star Trek

This post featured three actresses who had appeared in both Elvis movies and Star Trek TV episodes: Celeste Yarnall, Teri Garr, and Yvonne Craig. In a Star Trek episode in 1967, “Whom Gods Destroy,” Yvonne Craig played Marta, a green-skinned inmate at the Federation asylum on Elba ll. She was delusional, seductive and skilled in exotic dance. The evil Garth of Izar coerced her to carry out a plot to assassinate Captain Kirk.

Marta and Kirk Kissing

Spock and Marta

Leave it to Mr. Spock to spoil all the fun. Here’s a shot off-screen with lots of fun going on.

Yvonne Craig and William Schattner in When Worlds collide

The 2009 ElvisBlog article of course mentioned that Yvonne starred in two Elvis movies. She had a small part in It Happened at the World’s Fair and a major one in Kissin’ Cousins.

Yvone and Elvis in Color in It Happened at the Worlds Fair

Elvis With Two Girls in Kissin Cousins

Yvonne was friendly with Elvis off-screen, too, if this picture is any indication.

Elvis On Set With Pam and Yvonne

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Dancing Elvis (In the Movies) – Posted March 11, 2012:

Elvis and Yvonne Craig Dancing

This post featured photos showing that Elvis not only sang to his female co-stars, he also danced with several lucky ones. I can’t say I remember either of these outfits in the film Kissin’ Cousins, but I like the shot.

 

Elvis Movie 50th Anniversary Pictorials — It Happened at the World’s Fair – Posted April 22, 2013:

After giving proper attention to Elvis’ co-star Joan O’Brien and cute five-year-old Sue-Lin, I showed six stills from my favorite Elvis movie scene – with Yvonne Craig – and it has nothing to do with the plot

First Elvis-Yvonne Craig Kiss

Elvis shows up at the house where Yvonne Craig lives, and in no time they are doing this.

Then, she decides things are getting too hot and pulls away. Elvis chases her all over the living room like a hound dog on the scent.

Elvis Putting Moves on Yvonne Craig

Elvis Puts More Moves on Yvonne Craig

Elvis-Yvonne Craig Moves 4

Elvis-Yvonne Craig Moves 3

Last Elvis-Yvonne Craig Kiss

Believe it or not, Elvis had time to sing a song during all that. It is said that Elvis dated Yvonne Craig during the filming of the movie. And, he must have liked her acting skills so much that he elevated her to co-star status a year later in Kissin’ Cousins.

 

Italian Poster - It Happened at the World's Fair

This post also included this Italian poster for the movie. You don’t see any picture of Joan O’Brien on it, do you? Those Italians know what is important for bringing people to see Elvis movies – multiple fight shots and hot Yvonne Craig.

 

Random Thoughts on Encore’s Elvis Collection — Part 4 – Posted May 18, 2013:

Many films got mentioned in this post, including:

Kissin' Cousins Poster

I offered a trivia question based on something I noticed on the DVD credits. “What actress was number eight in the cast credits but ended up with Elvis at the end of the movie?” The answer was Yvonne Craig. Check it out.

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Elvis Movies 50th Anniversary Pictorial: Kissin’ Cousins – Posted March 9, 2014:

Elvis and Yvonne Craig in Jeep

I started this post off with the following comment:

“Serious reviews of Kissin’ Cousins lament that it was the start of a bad trend in Elvis movies – low-budget, quickie-filmed, light-weight fluff. Some even call it his worse movie. I don’t care. I like Kissin’ Cousins for one reason: Yvonne Craig.”

Yes, she is definitely at the top of my list. You’ve already see two photos of Yvonne Craig from this post, but here are three others.

Tatum Girls Painting Their Nails

Tatum Girls Painting Their Nails

Elvis Kissing Yvonne Craig in Kissin' Cousins

 

I searched Google for a later day photo of Yvonne Craig. I found one, but I also found this:

Yyvonne Craig as Boxer

Wow! She had a great body all right, but this must be Photoshopped. However, that didn’t keep me from immediately making it my screen-saver.

 

Yvonne Craig in 2008

This is a photo of Yvonne Craig taken at the 2008 Screaming TikiCon convention by someone who has a blog but doesn’t want to give his name. She is holding a drawing of herself as Batgirl, a roll she had in the 1967 season of the Batman TV series. She looks very good for seventy-one years old.

Yvonne Craig in 2012 Better

This 2012 picture of her is the most recent I could find.

 

Good bye, Yvonne Craig. We’ll miss you.

Say hi to Elvis for us.

 

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