As Elvis Week begins 45 years on from Elvis Presley’s untimely death at just 42, Baz Luhrmann’s movie biopic has now become available to buy or rent on home premiere. The film has received generally positive reviews since its release this summer, although some of those who knew The King intimately have blasted not being included in the lengthy spectacle.
Elvis focuses on The King’s relationships with his manager Colonel Tom Parker and ex-wife Priscilla Presley, the only woman he married.
Although the star died in 1977, the biopic basically ends in a scene set in late 1974 and totally ignores his last two major girlfriends.
One of them was Ginger Alden, who discovered his body, but also his lover from 1972-1976, Linda Thompson.
The latter is featured in a split second of archive footage during the movie but isn’t even mentioned.
Linda broke up amicably with Elvis in December 1976 as she wanted to have a more normal life out of the celebrity spotlight.
She added: “We stayed in touch and loved each other until the day he died – even though we had broken up and I had moved out of Graceland only eight months before. So any inclusion or exclusion in any movie ever made can never erase the important role I played in his life and he in mine. But every true fan already knows that. Thank you all for your loyalty.”