Graceland Mansion - The second-most-visited home outside of The White House,
Graceland is located at 3717 Elvis
Presley Boulevard in Memphis, Tennessee. The mansion is named for Grace Toof who
built the mansion in 1939.
Elvis Presley purchased the house in 1957 at the age of 22, for the sum of $100,000
which included the 13.8 acres of surrounding property. Sadly, on August 16,
1977, Presley was found dead in Graceland's upstairs bathroom, the victim of an
apparent overdose of drugs.
In 1982, his house was opened to the public and soon attracted visitors from
around the globe who came to see the home of their idol and his legacy which
include The Jungle Room; the pink Cadillac he bought for his mother; Elvis'
collection of guns, jewelry, and costumes; the Hall of Gold displaying some 200
gold and platinum albums; the Mediation Garden, the family burial plot for
Elvis, Jesse Garon his stillborn twin, father Vernon, mother Gladys and Grandma
Minnie; and the upstairs bedroom which remains exactly as it was the day that
Elvis Presley (born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935) "left the
building" for good.
Graceland has been the
travel destination of a number of situation comedy characters including such Elvis
devotees as waitress Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman) from CHEERS/NBC/1982-93; interior
designer assistant Charlene Frazier (Jean Smart) from DESIGNING WOMEN/CBS/1986-93; rock musician
and Elvis wannabe, Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) from FULL HOUSE/ABC/1987-95;
Russell Norton (Dave Thomas), a pharmacist from Victory, Missouri from GRACE
UNDER FIRE/ABC/CBS/1993-98; and editor Perry White (Lane Smith) from the science fiction series LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF
Entrance Gate to Graceland Museum
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