Let’s play “Six Degrees of Hollywood Romances”! Ready for this one?
In 1972, Elvis Presley starts dating Linda Thompson. He and Priscilla have recently divorced and he’s reasonably devastated. In 1975, Priscilla Presley begins dating Robert Kardashian, after Kardashian had a marriage proposal rejected by his future bride, Kris Jenner. In 1976, both couples break up, and Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner rekindle their romance. Just a few years later, in 1981, Elvis’ ex, Linda Thompson, begins dating the Olympic medalist, Caitlyn Jenner. Their marriage would last until 1986. Kris Jenner and Robert Kardashian would then divorce in 1991, the same year Kris would marry Caitlyn Jenner.
Are you dizzy yet?
It seems like Elvis and Priscilla left a bigger impact on the American culture than we may have expected! There might be no “first family of reality television”, had Priscilla Presley have accepted Robert Kardashian’s proposal. Insiders to the Presley family give conflicting reports for what exactly drew the lovers apart, with one claiming it was Kardashian’s insistence that Presley change for him, and another claiming that Presley told her then-boyfriend, “Look, I’m not going to marry anyone until Elvis dies”.
Can you imagine a world where Kim Kardashian is part-Presley? Where North West is the product of a rock-and-roll/rap double-dynasty? In any case, the universe seemed to know that this was too much for the cultural zeitgeist, but in any case, doesn’t Kourtney Kardashian’s Elvis impersonator officiant at her wedding to Travis Barker strike a slightly different chord, now?