The daughter and only child of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley had a love life befitting the genre her father helped found.
Herself a musician, Lisa Marie Presley first married rock and roll guitarist Danny Keough, who she met as a teenager while they were both checked into a drug rehabilitation center.
The pair were married for six years and had two kids together, but Presley shrugged Keough off with a quickie divorce in the Dominican Republic days before eloping with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in 1994.
Their marriage – which was marked by Jackson’s child molestation charges, along with jet-setting trips across the world, and a very awkward onstage kiss – lasted a mere year and a half before they parted ways.
After Jackson, Presley was engaged to musician John Oszajca in 2000, but dropped him after she met actor Nicholas Cage at a party. She and Cage married in August 2002, only to file for divorce three months later.
Presley then settled down with another musician, guitarist Michael Lockwood. They married in 2006 and had twins together, but divorced 10 years later after Presley claimed she found hundreds of images of child pornography on his computer. Lockwood has denied the allegation.
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson visit Versailles in France in 1994
Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage married in August 2002, only to file for divorce three months later
After dropping out of high school in her Junior year, Presley developed a drug abuse problem and was sent to the Scientology Celebrity Center for drug rehabilitation.
There she met Keough, a rock and roller like her father, and the two wed in October 1988.
They had two children together – song Benjamin, and daughter Danielle Riley. Benjamin died by suicide in July 2020.
Though Presley and Keough divorced in 1994, the two remained close throughout their lives.
‘I don’t know how, but we’ve managed to stay close,’ she said of their relationship in 2008, according to the Star Tribune. ‘There’s others that I have pain or betrayal associated with that I won’t have anything to do with. But he and I had a special thing. Unconditional.’
He played guitar on a number of her records, and even lived in a house on her property. It was Keough who found her unresponsive on January 12 and called 9-11 before her death.
Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough. The two had two children together and remained close after divorcing
Lisa Marie Presley and her first husband Danny Keough. They married in 1989
Lisa Marie Presley and with her children by Danny Keough, Benjamin (right), and daughter Danielle Riley (left)
In 1992 Presley was reintroduced to Michael Jackson, who she had met in the 1970s when she was just seven-years-old.
The two kindled a friendship together, frequently calling each other over the phone and speaking for hours at a time.
That friendship became romantic in 1993 when Jackson was accused of molesting 13-year-old Jordan Chandler. Presley became the embattled pop star’s support system during the period, and he eventually proposed to her during one of their calls.
The pair flew to the Dominican Republic in May of 1994 to escape the press, and eloped in a small, private ceremony.
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson at the Budapest airport in August, 1994
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson lock lips at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards
Their marriage was dogged by theories that they had only married to distract from the accusations against Jackson, that they didn’t have sex with each other, and speculation about when they would inevitably get divorced.
Both struggled to keep ahead of the talk, going so far as to awkwardly make on stage while opening the 1994 MTV Video Music awards.
‘Welcome to the MTV Video Music Awards,’ Jackson said as he and Presley walked on stage hand-in-hand. ‘I’m very happy to be here. Just think, nobody thought this would last.’
And in a 1995 interview with Diane Sawyer, Presley tried to face the a-sexual rumors head on.
‘Do we have sex?’ Presley asked, then together she and Jackson exclaimed ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ They added that they indented to have kids together.
As if to accentuate their sexual stance, a month later Jackson released the music video for You Are Not Alone, which prominently featured him and Presley canoodling, dripping wet and in the nude, throughout some sort of desert temple.
Presley finally filed for divorce from Jackson in January, citing ‘irreconcilable differences.’
Lisa Marie Presley and John Oszajca in Los Angeles in 1999
Lisa Marie Presley and John Oszajca at a fashion show in New York City in 2000
Lisa Marie Presley and John Oszajca were engaged briefly but separated in 2001
After struggling to get over her divorce from Jackson for several years, she met and became engaged to musician John Oszajca in 2000.
But after meeting Nicolas Cage at a party, and broke off her engagement to Oszajca and began dating the actor.
Cage said he was ‘thunderstruck’ when she met Presley at the party, and their whirlwind relationship was marked by highs followed by tumultuous fights, along with rumors Cage intended to buy Elvis’ Graceland mansion.
They married in 2002, but after a mere 108 days filed for divorce.
Presley described the relationship as a ‘wild ride’ in a 2003 interview with Rolling Stone.
‘You can’t have a temper tantrum and then call me four days later and expect, you know, everything to be fine again … so, it was like that … We were both like two 12-year-olds in a sandbox, basically.’
‘We’re both so dramatic and dynamic that when it was good, it was unbelievably good, and when it was bad, it was just a fucking bloody nightmare for everybody,’
Despite the famously short marriage, it would take nearly two years for them to finalize their divorce.
Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage were married and filed for divorce within 108 days
Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage at the 2001 premier of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage attend the premier of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin in 2001
In 2006 Presley married her music producer Michael Lockwood, who had also done extensive work with musicians like Carly Simon and Aimee Mann.
Shortly after wedding they had twin girls together – Finley Aaron Love and Harper Vivienne Ann – and remained together for ten years.
The dissolution of their marriage was far from friendly. As the pair battled for custody over their children, Presley said she found hundreds of explicit photos of children on his computer.
‘When I discovered the photos on [Lockwood’s] computer, and viewed the videos, I was shocked and horrified and sick to my stomach,’ Presley wrote in a court filing demanding custody of the kids. ‘I had no idea that [he] had taken those photos. I will refrain from describing the photographs in detail out of respect for the privacy of my family.’
Police investigated the allegations, but later dismissed them citing a lack of evidence.
‘Barring any new potential evidence or information we have concluded our involvement in this matter,’ said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. ‘We have not been able to determine a crime occurred in Tennessee.’
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Lockwood at the Palladium in Hollywood, in 2005
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Lockwood attend a New York Fashion Week show in 2008
As the couple duked it out, Lockwood returned fire by demanding custody of the children citing fears Presley would relapse into drug abuse following the death of her son Benjamin.
Presley had long tried to keep her addiction problems under wraps, but court documents from the divorce dragged it all out in the open.
In a 2017 deposition, which was obtained by the Radar Online, she admitted to abusing cocaine, opioids, painkillers and alcohol.
‘The last three years I … had to go to rehab several times,’ she said, later putting the exact number at somewhere between three and five stints in a Mexican treatment facility.
‘I was a mess. I couldn’t stop.’
Presley said that her addiction peaked as their marriage ended in 2016.
‘The last year of our marriage, I was abusing cocaine terribly,’ she said, according to the court documents.
Asked if her drug use was heavy, she said, ‘It was bad, yeah.’
She added: ‘I didn’t mix the pills and alcohol until, like, the last two years.’