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Elvis and Ginger: Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story by [Alden, Ginger]
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About the Author

Ginger Alden is an actress and model known for her role on the daytime soap opera "Capitol." She was also featured on the television shows "Hollywood Beat" and "Life Goes On." A spokeswoman for the Claridge Hotel and Casino, Ginger also starred in more than a hundred television commercials and had a successful modeling career for products such as Clairol, Vidal Sassoon, Maybelline, Aziza, Avon, and Virginia Slims. She lives in Sag Harbor, New York, with her husband and son.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14879 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (2 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G3L6LN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ginger has waited a very long time to tell her story of her time with Elvis. In many ways Ginger's account provides a more comforting appraisal of Elvis's last few months alive.

According to the accounts by aides, Elvis was depressed, ill tempered and reclusive. They dismiss Ginger as being someone whose presence was barely noticed and non-existent after the end and who wasn't really committed to Elvis.

The is not the case according to Ginger's account.

Ginger provides detailed accounts of how Elvis helped her family manage difficulties caused by adverse weather at the time of her Grandfather's funeral by organising transport in the form of his private jets, helping her family through her parents separation and divorce and other caring acts that don't seem to have been mentioned in accounts from the likes of Joe Esposito who focus on his depression caused by the upcoming bodyguard book and other negativity.

Ginger describes a man who regularly visited her family home, took family on trips to Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Hawaii. A man who in the early hours of the day he died discussed wedding plans with Ginger.

Ginger does confirm a couple of events that tie in with other accounts, for example his confrontation with Charlie Hodge after Charlie had been drinking heavily, his incredibly un-healthy diet, noting in particular a high salt content, large portions and lack of exercise when not on tour. Ginger notes Elvis's use of prescribed medication, but in her account this seems to be limited to what she understood to be sleeping medication for his life long insomnia.
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This is a joint review from myself and my wife, Jeanette Louise Spicer.

I cannot say enough positive things about this book. There have been many insider's accounts in the past, but this one surpasses all of them, as it comes from a lady who truly loved Elvis and always tells it like it was. Ginger has a unique story, and it is so beautifully conveyed; the words jump right off the page, making the reader feel that they are right there in the room with her and Elvis. If you have any prejudice against Ginger and her family, it will certainly have been completely dispelled by the time you have finished this book. There have been so many untruths written about the Aldens, and as Elvis used to say, 'Do not judge what you don't understand.'
This is the book that truly reveals who Elvis was as a human being and I guarantee that it will make you stop and think. His story has been so distorted over the years, particularly by people with hidden agendas and one of his previous well-known ex-girlfriends, who has become a deity to so many fans, yet is unable to tell his story with such intimacy and integrity.
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book as I knew Ginger had only been with Elvis for a short time. However, I was very interested to know more about this time in Elvis' life and in particular how things were for him at the end, especially as there are so many different 'takes' on what actually happened. I was a 15 year old fan at the time of Elvis' death, falling for his music and charm after watching the 1971 Aloha from Hawaii concert live on TV. I used to listen to his music a lot to help me through a very difficult abusive time in my life. Elvis was my idol and his music was inspirational. I was devastated when he died. Although Ginger told it like it was with some warts and all stories, in her narrative Elvis never lost his humanity and warmth. This is what came through in his music, concerts and interviews. I am glad I read the book, it's insightful and honestly respectful in my opinion. I can feel her pain at the time of Elvis' death and the way she was treat. Allthough there have been criticism's of how she may have acted people need to understand she was only just out of her teenage years and not experienced in the way of life she was thrust into. Then left to just get on with things on her own. She did extremely well to come back from that and make a life for herself.
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The world waited a long time for this book. Ginger Alden was so much more significant to the Elvis legend, than so many of the other people who wrote, sometimes lurid, books about his life.
What makes this book so relevant is that it's a candid snapshot of the final nine months of Elvis' life by someone who spent those last months with him, in an intimate relationship.
What I liked about it the most is its honesty; sincerity breathed from every page. Ginger didn't use a ghostwriter, she wrote it herself and that's really noticeable when you read the book; it has a beautiful spontaneous quality.
By the time she met Elvis, he was in the latent stages of drug addiction. Ginger raises the issue of his sleeping medication throughout the book, but I don't think she really knew just how bad it was. Like a lot of addicts Elvis took most of his drugs surreptitiously, out of view of non-users. Nothing in the book mentions his use of the vials and syringes Elvis had his aides inject him with; only the regular envelopes containing his sleeping medication, brought to him by his employees with clockwork regularity get mentioned.
Ginger probably sugarcoats her story a little out of her respect for Elvis, we all know Elvis had a serious drug habit, so why try to sensationalize it. She undoubtedly loved Elvis and that love has been retained in her posthumous respect of the man. And I certainly can't say that about most of the people Elvis touched bases with in his short life.
The book tells of Elvis' incredibly generous nature, he never stopped giving to people, which sadly is a flaw in itself, because the recipients weren't always worthy of his generosity. Elvis' biggest flaw apart from the drugs was his dangerous attraction to guns.
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