JAN SHEPARD INTERVIEW

THE FOLLOWING WAS A PHONE INTERVIEW WITH JAN SHEPARD JUNE 22 2007.

 

JOE KREIN: CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF , WHERE YOU WERE BORN AND RAISED?

JAN SHEPARD: I WAS BORN IN A LITTLE TOWN CALLED QUAKERTOWN PENNSAVANIA IN BUCKS COUNTY ,ITS ABOUT 40 MILES NORTH OF PHILADELPHIA. I HAD A WONDERFUL TIME THERE GROWING UP ,IT WAS A TINY LITTLE TOWN AND EVERYBODY NEW EVERYBODY . YOU GOT TO DO EVERYTHING WHEN YOU WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL , I WAS A CHEERLEADER AND A DRUM MAJORETTE. I WAS IN DRAMA , I LOVED GROWING UP THERE.

YOU DID ALL OF THAT?

YEAH (LAUGHING)

YOU WERE A CHEERLEADER?

I WAS EVERYTHING (LAUGHING)

DID YOU WANT TO BECOME AN ACTRESS?

EVER SINCE I WAS IN SECOND GRADE , I WAS MISS CLEANLINESS , IN A PLAY . I GOT UP ON THAT STAGE AND SOMETHING HAPPENED , I SAW ALL THOSE PEOPLE AND IT MADE ME WANT TO DO SOMETHING NICE . SO I DID TWO CLASS PLAY , I DID JUNIOR HIGH AND SENIOR CLASS PLAYS AS THE LEADING LADY . I DID SUMMER STOCK WHEN I GOT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. I DID THAT FOR QUITE A WHILE AND THAT WAS GREAT FUN.

SO DID YOU GO TO HOLLYWOOD AND SAY I WANT TO BE A STAR?

I WENT TO NEW YORK FIRST AND I GOT A TERRIBLE COLD . I HAD GOTTEN A REFERENCE FROM SAMSON RAFERSON WHO DID A LOT OF PLAYS . HE LIVED IN OUR AREA . HE SENT ME TO SHERILL CRAWFORD DOING BRIGADOON. SO I WENT THERE AND I COULD BARELY TALK . YOU THINK TO YOURSELF ONCE THEY SEE YOU THAT YOU WOULD BE A BROADWAY BY THE WEEKEND. YOU JUST THINK THAT THEY ARE WAITING FOR YOU . BUT SHE SAID GO BACK HOME AND DO SUMMER STOCK , DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN OF THAT . IT WAS ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT YOU ARE SO EAGER , AND YOU HAD NO CLUE AS OF HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR. SO I WENT BACK HOME AND THEN I HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT SOME RELATIVES IN CALIFORNIA . SO I NEVER WENT BACK TO NEW YORK.

SO WHAT STUDIO DID YOU SIGN UP WITH?

I DID SOME THINGS WITH 2OTH CENTURY , BUT MOSTLY I DID TELEVISION LIKE ABC,CBS AND THEN PARAMOUNT . SO I WAS WORKING ALL THE TIME , THE KIDS THAT WERE UNDER CONTRACT WITH PARAMOUNT , THEY HAD A CLASS PICTURE TAKEN , AND I WASN'T IN IT . BECAUSE I WAS THE ONLY ONE WORKING . WILL NEVER FORGET THAT , HOW I WISH I WAS IN THAT PICTURE.

YOU MUST SEE A LOT OF TURN OVER , KIDS COMING AND THEN GOING HOME.

YEAH , YOU KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF WONDERFUL TALENT WALKING THE STREET , AND HONESTLY ITS A MATTER OF LUCK . PLUS IT HELPS WITH WHO YOU KNOW . WHAT HELPED ME WAS I MOVED IN WITH AMANDA BLAKE FROM GUN SMOKE. WE SHARED A APARTMENT AND ROSS HUNTER HAD A APARTMENT IN THE SAME BUILDING . I WAS WORKING A REGULAR JOB THEN , WE WOULD WALK TOGETHER IN THE MORNING TO WORK . THERE WAS A AGENT THAT ALSO LIVED IN THE BUILDING , I WAS OUT SUNNING MYSELF ONE DAY AND HE CAME OVER AND STARTED TALKING . HE SAID DO YOU NEED AN AGENT , I SAID YES . THAT'S HOW IT ALL STARTED . QUITE BY ACCIDENT .

YOU WORKED IN TELEVISION?

ABOUT 500 EPISODES. I DI SO MUCH TELEVISION . I DID SO MANY PILOTS AND SERIES . ONE OF MY FIRST SERIES WAS WITH MC DONALD CARRIE WHO WAS DOCTOR CRTIAN. I WAS A REGULAR ON THAT SHOW. I DID TWO SOAP OPERAS , DAY IN COURT AND CLEAR HORIZONS. I DID SO MANY WESTERNS , EVERY SHOW THAT WAS IN THE FIFTIES AND SIXTIES , SEVENTIES. . AT LEAST FIVE HUNDRED TELEVISION SHOWS.

SO WHAT WAS IT THAT YOU WANTED? DID YOU WANT YOUR OWN SERIES?

I JUST WANTED TO WORK , I DIDN'T CARE WHERE THE WORK WAS , WHAT MATTERED TO ME WAS HAVE A JOB AND PAY THE RENT . YOU KNOW FILL THE REFRIGERATOR ALL THINGS LIKE THAT AND HAVING A CAREER IN WHAT I LOVED. THAT WAS A CAREER IN ACTING .I STARTED DOING WHAT EVER I COULD GET . EVENTUALLY IT GOT TO BE LEADING LADY ROLES AND GUEST STAR, IT WORKED UP THAT WAY .

WHERE YOU AN ELVIS FAN?

NO (LAUGHING)

DON'T FEEL BAD , A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT TO ME .

IT WAS SO FUNNY BECAUSE I WAS SITTING WITH DAN DURIAH , I WAS DOING A TWO HOUR FILM . WE WERE SITTING ON THE SET . I HAD THE REPORTER IN FRONT OF ME AND IT SAID "ELVIS PRESLEY " WHAT KIND OF A NAME IS THAT? HE SAID I DON'T KNOW. I SAID THERE'S SOME KID IN THE SOUTH CALLED ELVIS PRESLEY , I SAID HE'S  NEVER GOING TO MAKE IT .(LAUGHING) THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I HAD EVER HEARD OF HIM . SO I DIDN'T KNOW WHO HE WAS . I HAPPENED TO LIKE HIS VOICE.

I LIKED HIS VOICE BUT I AM NOT THE KIND OF PERSON WHO IS ADORING MOVIE STARS . THERE WAS MAYBE ONE OR TWO THAT I ADORED OR WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH . BUT I WAS NEVER LIKE THOSE TYPE OF PEOPLE. BUT ONCE I MET HIM I JUST ADORED HIM.

WHEN DID YOU FIND OUT THAT YOU WERE GOING TO DO A ELVIS FILM?

I WAS DOING A PLAY A PARAMOUNT , WITH DOLORES HART WHO IS MY GOD DAUGHTER . SHE IS NOW A NUN.

OH YES I KNOW WHO SHE IS.

SHE USED TO BE UNDER CONTRACT WITH HAL WALLIS , DELORES CAME UP TO ME AFTER WORK . SHE SAID JAN THERE IS A PART IN THIS MOVIE I AM GOING TO DO WITH ELVIS PRESLEY , YOU WOULD BE PERFECT FOR . THE PART WOULD BE PLAYING HIS SISTER . I SAID YEAH RIGHT TERRIFIC. I JUST LET IT GO AT THAT . BUT THE NEXT THING I KNOW SHE CALLS ME AND SAYS HAL WALLIS WANTS TO SEE YOU , I'VE TALKED TO HIM ABOUT YOU . SO I WENT UP THERE , HE SAID TO ME I WOULD LIKE YOU TO MAKE A TEST . SO THEY GAVE ME THE SCRIPT. WHEN I ARRIVED AT THE STUDIO , THERE WAS FOUR OTHER GIRLS THAT WERE TESTING . T FIGURED I WOULD BE THE ONLY ONE. I WAS IN SHOCK , I ALMOST WALKED OUT . PETER BALDWIN WHO WAS PLAYING THE ELVIS ROLE , WHO WAS A FRIEND OF MINE . HE SAID STAY , STAY . THESE OTHERS GIRLS ARE NO WAY BETTER THEN YOU. SO I WAS THE LAST ONE TO BE TESTED , AFTER I JUST WENT HOME AND PRAYED THAT I WOULD GET THIS ROLE. I GOT IT!

AND THIS WAS FOR?

KING CREOLE, THAT WAS ELVIS'S FAVORITE MOVIE . PLUS ITS THE FANS FAVORITE MOVIE.

ITS ALSO MINE.

YES ITS MINE TOO. BUT I HAVE ONLY SEEN TWO MOVIES OF HIS , I ONLY SAW THEM BECAUSE I WAS IN THEM . THAT'S NOTHING TO DO WITH ELVIS , ITS JUST BECAUSE I WAS WORKING ALL THE TIME. I WAS DOING SOAP OPERAS. DIFFERENT SCRIPTS EVERYDAY ,LEARNING NEW LINES EVERY NIGHT . YOU JUST DON'T HAVE THE TIME TO GO OUT AND SEE MOVIES, I HAD NO SOCIAL LIFE AT ALL. IF YOU DO HAVE FIVE MINUTES ON A WEEKEND ,YOU WANT TO SLEEP.

CAN YOU TELL ME HOW YOU MET ELVIS?

WHEN YOUR ASSIGNED A FILM ROLE , YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR BECAUSE OF THE INSURANCE COMPANY . THEY HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T HAVE A BAD HEART , ANY OF THAT NONSENSE. THEY MADE MY APPOINTMENT FOR ME AT THE STUDIO , SO I WAS THERE AND I HAD ON A WHITE SHIRT AND THESE SLACKS MY MOTHER HAD MADE FOR ME THAT WERE LIKE WINE COLORED. I WENT IN THE OFFICE AND I WAS WAITING , TO BE CALLED IN . IN WALKS ELVIS WITH TO OF HIS BUDDIES. I LOOKED AT HIM AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND WE STARTED TO LAUGH. HIS JACKET WAS THE IDENTICAL MATERIAL AND COLOR OF MY SLACKS. HE LOOKED AT ME AND HE SAID "HONEY I'M EITHER GOING TO HAVE TO GIVE YOU MY JACKET OR YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO GIVE ME YOUR PANTS.". (LAUGHING) THAT WAS MY FIRST MEETING WITH ELVIS.

GOODNESS

GIRLS scouNT HONOR.

DID YOU GET A LONG WITH ELVIS?

OH WONDERFUL ,HE SAID IF HE HAD A SISTER HE WISHED IT WOULD BE ME. WE GOT ALONG SO GREAT BECAUSE WE WORKED ALONE ,THE TWO OF US THE WHOLE FIRST WEEK OF THE SHOW. I WOULD COME TO WORK AND I WOULD FIND ON THE SET A PAIR OF EARRINGS HE PUT THERE FOR ME THAT COST ABOUT TEN CENTS , THAT HE HAD LIBERATED FROM THE SET. I HAVE A MARVELOUS PICTURE WHERE WE ARE WAITING TO PERFORM AND WE ARE JUST SITTING DOWN AT THE DINING ROOM TABLE. I HANDED HIM THIS JEWELRY AND I SAID I CAN'T TAKE THESE FROM YOU ELVIS . YOU KNOW ITS TO MUCH. YOUR THE LAST OF THE BIG SPENDERS. HE IS THERE LAUGHING SO HARD AND THEY SNAPPED THIS PICTURE OF THE TWO OF US. ITS A FABULOUS PICTURE OF HIM. BUT HE WOULD DO LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT , AND HE WOULD PLAY MUSIC ON HIS GUITAR . HE WOULD ASK BE WHAT I WANTED TO HEAR, ELVIS LOVED DANNY BOY.

DID YOU EVER DATE ELVIS?

NO , I WAS MARRIED. (LAUGHING)

OH SORRY I DIDN'T KNOW THAT. NO I WAS MARRIED HONEY . BUT THE THING WAS DELORES HART GAVE ME A SURPRISED BIRTHDAY PARTY , ALL THE KIDS FROM PARAMOUNT STUDIO WAS THERE. IT WAS A BIG SURPRISE TO ME. I WAS THERE FOR ABOUT TEN MINUTES AND IN WALKS ELVIS WITH THE BOYS. HE HAS THIS HUGE STUFFED TIGER UNDER HIS ARM . HE KNEW I LOVED CATS , SO HE HAD THIS STUFFED CAT AND HE NAMED IT DANNY BOY. HE GAVE ME THIS BIG BOX ,FOR WEEKS I HAD BEEN ASKING ELVIS FOR PICTURES THAT I COULD GIVE THE KIDS IN MY NEIGHBOR HOOD. WHEN THEY HAD HEARD I WAS DOING A PICTURE WITH HIM , THEY ALL PLEADED FOR PHOTOS OF HIM.  SO I WOULD ALWAYS ASKING HIM FOR PICTURES FOR THE KIDS. COME ON PLEASE I NEED PICTURES. SO HE HANDS ME THIS BOX AND I PLACED IT OFF TO THE SIDE . HE SAID OH NO YOU NEED TO OPEN THAT NOW. SO I OPENED IT AND IT WAS A MOVIE CAMERA WITH A LIGHT BAR AND FILM. HE SAID NOW YOU CAN TAKE YOUR PICTURES. YOU KNOW IF COLONEL PARKER WAS THERE HE WOULD NOT HAD ALLOWED THAT.

OH YOUR RIGHT

DELORES SAID THE NEXT DAY SHE RAN INTO ELVIS AND SHE SAID I WAS SO SURPRISED THAT YOU CAME. HE SAID I HAD TO COME ,SHE'S MY SISTER. I WOULDN'T MISS HER BIRTHDAY PARTY (LAUGHING)

THAT WAS VERY SWEET AND THEN JOE GRAY WHO WAS HIS STAND IN . I RAN INTO HIM AT THE STUDIO , HE SAID TO ME I HEAR ELVIS WAS AT YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY . YEAH HE WAS . HE SAID YOU KNOW HE NEVER GOES ANYWHERE , PEOPLE GO TO HIM , HE NEVER GOES TO OTHER PEOPLE'S HOMES

THAT'S VERY TRUE.

I SAD I THINK WE BONDED A LITTLE BIT.

WAS ELVIS A GOOD ACTOR?

MARVELOUS! OH JUST MARVELOUS ! I WILL NEVER FORGET , YOU KNOW EVERY PERSON THAT SINGS IS A GOOD ACTOR . BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE SENSE OF TIMING THE SENSE OF RHYTHM. A SENSE OF WHAT WORDS MEAN , HE WAS A BRILLIANT ACTOR BECAUSE HE DIDN'T NEED ANY ADVICE. HE KNEW AUTOMATICALLY WHAT TO DO , AND ACT AS THE SHOW WAS GOING ON . I KEPT SAYING TO HIM "OH ELVIS FOR GOD SAKE ,YOUR DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB". SO ONE DAY WE WENT FOR LUNCH . WE WERE SITTING THERE AT A TABLE AND IN WALKS MARLON BRANDO . ELVIS WAS SITTING WITH HIS BACK TOWARDS HIM . THERE WAS A TABLE RIGHT BEHIND ELVIS THAT WAS EMPTY . SO BRANDO SAW ELVIS AS SOON AS HE WALKED IN . SO BRANDO GOT INTO THE CHAIR RIGHT BEHIND ELVIS. I SAID TO ELVIS "MARLON BRANDO IS SITTING BEHIND YOU" ELVIS SAID OH MY GOD AND HIS HEAD SUNK INTO HIS SANDWICH. I SAD LOOK HE WANTS TO MEET YOU , I SAW HIM LOOKING AT YOU . WHEN YOU GET UP YOUR CHAIR IS GOING TO HIT HIS. SO JUST SAY HI TO HIM , WELL THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED . HE GOT UP AND BUMPED HIS CHAIR. MARLON STOOD UP AND THE TWO OF THEN SHOOK HANDS , THEY DID A LITTLE SMALL TALKING. ELVIS WAS VERY COOL , ELVIS THEN WALKED OUT OF THE CAFE VERY COOL . BUT THE MINUTE WE GOT OUTSIDE HE LEAPED UP , HE COULDN'T BELIEVE HE MET MARLON BRANDO. HE WAS SO EXCITED . WE JUST DANCED ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE STUDIO. THEN ONE DAY AFTER THE SHOW HAD BEEN RELEASED , SOMEONE SENT ME THE REVIEW OF KING CREOLE. THE TITLE WAS BOURBON STREET BRANDOW. I RACED OVER TO PARAMOUNT AND I GRABBED ELVIS AND I SAID LOOK AT THIS . I SHOWED HIM THE BOURBON STREET BRANDOW, HE JUST COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. I SAID SEE , I TOLD YOU . YOU WERE GOING TO BE GREAT IN THIS.! JOE , ELVIS WAS!

NOW YOU DID ANOTHER MOVIE WITH ELVIS.

YES , PARADISE HAWAIIAN STYLE.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THAT MOVIE AND HOW YOU GOT THE PART?

I HAD GONE OVER TO PARAMOUNT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH DELORES   HART . SHE WAS GETTING A WARDROBE FITTING .FOR SOME PICTURE. I RAN INTO PAUL MASON . HE SAID HI , ASKED ME WHAT I WAS DOING THERE . HE SAID HEY , WE NEED A WIFE FOR JIMMIE SAKITA FOR A MOVIE ELVIS IS DOING . WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED? HE SAID ITS NOT A HUGE PART , BUT ITS A GOOD PART. I SAID YEAH OK . HE TOLD ME TO GO UP AND SEE HAL WALLIS . I WILL GIVE HIM A CALL AND TELL HIM YOUR COMING. SO I WENT UP THERE . WELL HAL WALLIS'S OFFICE IS FULL OF ART.

HE HAS ORIGINALS OF REMINGTON'S .AND CHARES RUSSELL ALL THOSE WONDERFUL WESTERN PAINTER'S. I WALKED IN AND I SAID , OH MY GOD YOU HAVE A REMINGTON! I KNEW ART BECAUSE MY HUSBAND IS AN ARTIST. HAL WALLIS WAS VERY IMPRESSED, HE ASKED ME IF I WANTED TO THAT ROLE? YEAH FINE , THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL! THAT'S HOW I GOT THE PART.

wOW!

nOW WHAT DID ELVIS SAY WHEN HE SAW YOU?

well, THE MINUTE HE SAW ME HE ASKED HOW WAS DELORES BECAUSE NOW SHE HAS NOW BEEN A NON FOR THE PAST YEAR. aND I SAID SHE WAS GOOD, I'VE SEEN HER, I'VE GONE THERE. aND Maria COOPER, gARY'S DAUGHTER AND I WERE THE GODMOTHERS FOR HER WHEN SHE WENT INTO THE MONASTERY. aND I SAID I'VE BEEN THERE AND SHE'S DOING GREAT AND SHE YOU KNOW. i SAID YOU KNOW IF THEY LET ME WEAR EYELASH MASCARA, I'D GO IN THAT PLACE AND SAY IT'S BEAUTIFUL. SHE'S hOME. THIS IS WHERE SHE WANTS TO BE. aND, HE WANTED TO SEE IF SHE WAS OKAY AND HOW YOU WERE DOING. YOU KNOW, aND I NOTICED HE WAS NOT THE ELVIS THAT WAS THE LITTLE TEDDY BEARTHAT WOULD RUN ACROSS THE STAGE AND PICK YOU UP AND SWING YOU AROUND. hE WAS NOT THAT ANYMORE.

hE CHANGED?

hE WAS NEVER IN HIS DRESSING ROOM AND YOU KNOW king Creole, HE IS ALWAYS OUT WITH A GROUP AND HAVING FUN AND PLAYING THE GUITAR AND YOU NOW JUST A LOT OF FUN. aND, HE WENT TO HIS DRESSING ROOM AND IT WAS CLOSED AND I NOTICED HE WAS DRINKING A LOT OF WATER. HE HAD A LOT GLASSES OF WATER AND HE WAS DRINKING. also, THERE WAS AN ATTITUDE THAT WAS SO DIFFERENT. He was kIND OF JADED AND AT THE MOVIES HE AND I know CHARLIE AFURA who DID ALL HIS CHOREOGRAPHY. Charlie was showing him something  on the stage some dance moves or something and he was just looking at charlie like Charlie I've done this four or five times already. I Know what you want because It was the same movie every time.

right

He was always  doing the same movie and a and i know he was tired of it.

Yeah something he loved to do he learned to hate.

He learned to hate what they gave him

uh-huh but he still wanted to act

yes

Did he ever talk to you about that?

with Barbra Streisand

But did he ever talk to you about it? about he hated it or no he wouldn't

No because the thing with Colonel Parker said no and that was a stupid move. All colonel parker wanted was the money and he was stealing money from elvis and so was rca I mean they were just Elvis .He was getting 50% of Elvis and he didn't want to do anything that would take him to Japan. Elvis wanted to go to Japan. They adored him over seas. Colonel Parker always said no.

When was the last time you saw Elvis?

I saw him in las vegas we went to a Casers palace and i was so disappointed because he was into the karate stuff and he was turning he was turning his back to the audience all the time and I just wanted to just go up there and spank him. you know

yeah

because he was  just not him. You know. I think that when his mom died that was just a terrible blow and that if she had lived Elvis would still be alive today.

Yeah

When you were working in the movies did you have the chance to have one on one conversations?

Oh yeah all the time. Especially on the Creole but not as much on Paradise Hawaiian style. Yeah like on the weekend it had rained all weekend and on monday morning when  elvis came into the makeup room and i said well what did you do this weekend? i was on the phone with my mom all day , i didn't go anywhere. he told me one time they were on the road and they stopped at a diner this was in the fifties. this big guy came over to him and picked him up by his shirt . he said 'i don't like you" elvis said what's wrong? my wife carries your picture around in her wallet . elvis said ' hey sir i,m sorry but that has nothing to do with me ". I'm sorry ,she shouldn't do that . he let elvis down and they took off. he had so much of that , we had to fake people out when elvis left the studio . we would send out a limo ,the fans figured Elvis was in it . but elvis was getting shoved into a taxi in the back of the studio. elvis would be laying on the floor. elvis said i know they don't mean to do it , but sometimes they hurt me. they grab at me , pull my hair , they have scratched his eye while trying to get some of that beautiful black hair. I've been hurt , elvis said . that's why i don't go anywhere. we had a lot of conversations, one time i said to elvis . why don,t you record danny boy? he loved that song because he would sing it to his mom. elvis said , they don't want that . they won't let me sing something like that . it was so funny , one day pat boone came walking on the set . elvis spotted him and he started to sing "april love. just the way pat would sing it . pat just grinned from ear to ear , pat then came over and they met . but he never had the chance to become apart of the young hollywood scene. because he was afraid to go out with the other young people who were at the studio's. if he went to go to a movie , he had to rent the whole theater.

you know elvis never had a dime on him , he would follow me to the apple machine , i said to him. you want an apple right? yes please. (laughing) HE NEVER HAD ANY MONEY

I KNOW THAT TO BE TRUE ALL THE WAY UP TO THE SEVENTIES , HIS MEN WOULD CARRY HIS MONEY AND HIS KEYS .

WHEN DID YOU HEAR THAT ELVIS HAD PASSED ?

I WAS SITTING WITH A FRIEND AT HER BUSINESS , THE PHONE RANG AND THEY ASKED IF I WAS THERE? THEY ASKED ME IF I HAD THE RADIO ON OR HAD BEEN WATCHING TELEVISION? I SAID NO , WHY? ELVIS DIED . I JUST COULDN'T TALK. WHEN I WAS ABLE TO TALK . I SAID I WAS SO ANGRY AT HIM . I WAS SO ANGRY I COULD NOT EVEN CRY . BECAUSE HE WAS DOING ALL THE WRONG THINGS AND HE NEW HE WAS DAM IT! I COULD SEE THAT WHEN I WENT TO SEE HIM IN VEGAS . I SAID TO MYSELF . THAT'S NOT MY ELVIS .

BUT YOU KNOW THE MAN WAS THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER OF THE 20TH CENTURY .

THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER LIKE HIM

IN THE CREOLE DAYS HE WAS JUST A BIG TEDDY BEAR , I ASKED HIM ONE TIME . OK ELVIS WHEN DID ALL THIS SWINGING YOUR HIPS START? WHY DO YOU DO THAT ? I DO IT FOR FUN , I KNOW JUST WHEN TO BREAK IT OFF . I USED TO WATCH THE LITTLE NIGRO BOYS IN HIS TOWN . HOW THEY WOULD SIT ON THE CURB AND SING AND THEY WOULD STAND UP AND DANCE. HE SAID THAT'S WHERE HE GOT THAT FROM. THEY WOULD SING AND MOVE THERE HIPS.

HOW MANY MOVIES DID YOU DO ?

SIX OR SEVEN . I DID TELEVISION. I CAME TO THE SCENE AT THE RIGHT TIME. MY FIRST PART WAS A LEAD ROLE! I GOT A CALL FROM THE SERIES PARRY MASON . THEY SAID TO ME , WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET YOU FOR TWO YEARS . YOUR ALWAYS WORKING! THEN I DID A LOT OF SHOWS FOR THAT SERIES. I TOLD THEM YOU CALL ME AND I WILL COME.

SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?

I RETIRED ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO.

WELL I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR TALKING TO ME TODAY.

YOUR WELCOME JOE.

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