Letetia Henley Kirk, Elvis Presley‘s private nurse from 1972 until his death, is breaking her 40-year silence in a new memoir.
Now, in an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, Letetia shares even more details inside her life at Graceland — and one particularly touching memory of Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.
Elvis at Graceland in 1957. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
After Elvis’ death, his daughter Lisa Marie, then about nine-years-old, dropped by Letetia’s quarters for a visit. “I had a huge velvet painting of Elvis he had given me,” Letetia tells Closer.
“Lisa Marie walked past the painting, blew a kiss and said, ‘I love you, Daddy.’ I just melted,” she says.
Elvis with his wife, Priscilla Presley, and their daughter Lisa Marie in 1970. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Letetia — who opened up for the first time about her special bond with The King in a new memoir, Taking Care of Elvis — says it was clear that Elvis was the happiest when he had family around him.
“He was very family-oriented,” Letetia explains to Closer. And Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie, “was like one of my own children.”
For the full interview with Letetia, including how she met Elvis and why she continued to live at Graceland after his death, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!