13. Oktober 2018 - 19:55 Uhr / Marion Wierl
The King of Rock'n'Roll spent his last years with her

Ginger Alden: Elvis's last love

Ginger Alden in 2014

Ginger Alden with her biography "Elvis and Ginger" in 2014.

Ginger Alden did not utter a word about her time with Elvis Presley (†42) until her book Elvis and Ginger was published in 2014. In her autobiography, Ginger Alden reveals how painful it was when she lost her famous fiancé.

Ginger Alden was the last woman Elvis Presley (†42) ever loved. The rock'n'roll star and the then 20-year-old met for the first time in 1977. Elvis was more than two decades older than Ginger, but they connected immediately, "when we met him, he took me aside and said, 'Ginger, you're burning a hole in me'", as Alden revealed in an earlier interview with the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

After only a few months they got engaged and Elvis gave Ginger a huge diamond ring. But it wasn't long until tragedy befell the couple. Ginger Alden found Elvis dead in his bathroom at noon on 16th August 1977 after he dead from cardia arrest. 

Elvis Presley and Ginger Alden in 1977

Elvis Presley and his fiance Ginger Alden in 1977.

After the death of her fiancé, Alden, who was a window dresser and art student before dating Elvis Presley, moved to New Dort to receive tuition from drama teacher Lee Strasberg (†80), who also taught Al Pacino (78) and Dustin Hoffman (81).

Elvis Presley and Ginger Alden's relationship was very short 

Ginger starred in the films Living Legend: The King of Rock'n'Roll (1980) and Lady Grey (1980), in which she played the leading role. Ginger Alden also had various guest appearances in several series including, Hollywood Beat (1985), Capitol (1986) and Life Goes On (1990).

Ginger Alden

The young Ginger Alden.

Just a few years after Elvis' death, Ginger Alden met her future husband, Ronald Leyser (†61), who tragically died on the 38th anniversary of Elvis's death, on 18th August 2015. They had one son together. 

In Elvis and Ginger the 61-year-old looks back at the last few months of Elvis's life, including the difficult moments. She confessed in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung in 2015 that she still can't hear an Elvis song without crying.