Elsa Cárdenas, the Mexican who had an affair with Elvis Presley: “She was a very pretty girl”

Elvis Presley “made an effort” to speak Spanish, according to the actress (Photo: File)

59 years ago Elvis Presley starred in the tape Fun in Acapulco, just when there was a fervor for the paradisiacal Mexican tourist destination at an international level. This film starred “the king of rock and rolland Mexican actress Elsa Cárdenaswho has confessed on a couple of occasions to having had an affair with the American during the filming of this film.

Today’s 89-year-old actress participated in the film that, curiously, was not recorded on the beaches of Guerrero, but in a Hollywood studio, 555. It is believed that Elvis did not set foot on Aztec land due to a rumor that spread in 1957when it was said that the singer of Always on My Mind He had declared that he would rather “kiss three black women than one Mexican.” This phrase, falsely attributed to Elvis -and denied on multiple occasions- It then caused him discontent in the country and the temporary veto of his music and movies.

About her meeting with the remembered musician, Elsa declared in a documentary that the network NBC made on this film directed by Richard Thorpe in 1963: “The first thing he told me was that I was a very pretty girl and I loved it. You too, I told him, “confessed the actress.

Elsa Cárdenas was born in Tijuana in 1935 and achieved a career in the Mexican and American film industry (Photo: File)
Elsa Cárdenas was born in Tijuana in 1935 and achieved a career in the Mexican and American film industry (Photo: File)

Elsa explained that at the time of the affair, the singer had not yet married Priscilla Beaulieu, considered Elvis’s great love:

We all knew it and there was no problem because there was nothingshe still wasn’t married or anything (…) You know, you’re young and cool, and they choose you for a movie with one of the biggest stars of youth in those times, with the maxim, imagine, “explained the actress.

The famous, who managed to be part of the era of Mexican gold cinema, as well as classic Hollywood, had a secret affair with the superstar of the rocknroll, who was enthralled with the beauty of the actress and even tried to speak in Spanish, perhaps to achieve greater closeness with her.

Elsa Cárdenas and Elvis Presley had an affair "forbidden"because the rockstar was engaged (Photo: File)
Elsa Cárdenas and Elvis Presley lived a “forbidden” romance, because the rockstar was engaged (Photo: File)

“He was famous all over the world and in Latin America he had many fans. So they decided to throw this little gossip (about racism) so that it wouldn’t have so many and in Latin America they wouldn’t want it the way everyone wanted it, but we made this movie, Fun in Acapulcoand he told me that never in his life, on the contrary and I really think it was true,” Elsa Cárdenas told Raúl Velasco in the 1980s on his well-remembered program always on sunday.

Elsa confessed that she fell in love with the singer and also detailed how Elvis tried to speak Spanish. The actress highlighted that Elvis used to be chivalrous, thoughtful and playfulin addition to buying ice cream for the entire production team during filming.

“He loved Mexican music, he spoke broken Spanish, cut off, as he could, but he made a lot of effort, and he loved everything that was Mexican, so I was lucky to be with him”

Fun in Acapulco was recorded on a set, Hollywood 55 (Photo: File)
Fun in Acapulco was recorded on a set, Hollywood 55 (Photo: File)

“He loved Mexican music, he spoke mocho Spanish, cut, as he could, but he tried very hard, and he loved everything that was Mexican, so I was lucky to be with him,” said the actress who also alternated with figures like James Dean, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor.

Elsa Cárdenas today (Photo: File)
Elsa Cárdenas today (Photo: File)

“When I met him he was a very nice person, I think that later he changed, he was a very healthy person, he took great care of himself, he was always telling jokes, playing with everyone, with his co-workers, the people of the staff, the makeup artists, he sent us gifts, he always sent snow cones to all of us. For example, we finished eating and suddenly one of the boys who helped him arrived… with snow coneswe ate snow almost every day, but he took great care of his figure, I think he did not eat and only ate the snow cone, “recalled the Mexican actress.

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