Boosted by Elvis movie, hundreds trek to Graceland on ‘King’s’ 88th birthday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It draws thousands to Memphis every year and this year was no different as, for the first time since the release of the movie about his life, Elvis fans trekked to Graceland mansion for Elvis’ 88th birthday.

Hundreds gathered at Graceland, watching as Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, and stars from the hit biopic titled in Elvis’ name, gathered for what would have been his 88th birthday.

The chillier morning temperatures did not detract from the number of people attending, which was likely boosted by the success of the movie.

“I haven’t missed an Elvis week yet,” said Wood.

“Elvis gave us a little heat this morning,” said Shantay Wood, who said she has been a fan of Elvis since the 1970′s.

Lisa Marie Presley leads those attending with a ceremonial cake cutting, featuring a birthday Proclamation from the City of Memphis and Shelby County, as well.

One of the King of Rock and Roll’s biggest fans, Debby Dobson, attended the event as well.

“The last time I was here, I was 15, the day that he passed away,” Dobson said.

Dobson said she’s seen ‘Elvis’ a staggering 514 times since it opened last May.

“I keep count,” Dobson said. Dobson said being at Graceland on Elvis’ birthday and after seeing the movie “makes it more memorable.”

Across the street from the mansion, Graceland opened a new “Making of Elvis” exhibit, where the cake was also displayed, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at how the movie was made.

“This is home. … [A] after coming here that many times and seeing the way the community has changed, it just feels like home,” said Wood.

“Elvis keeps getting better looking every year,” she said with a laugh.