Riley Keough’s fight to save Lisa Marie Presley’s legacy

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Riley Keough tries to save her mother Lisa Marie Presley’s legacy – while simultaneously dealing with the legal problems of her legendary family.

A year after Lisa Marie’s shocking death, sources say it’s as if her daughter is living with ghosts.

The 35-year-old Daisy Jones and the Six The star has been going through her troubled mother’s old tapes and notebooks to complete Lisa Marie’s autobiography.

The still untitled book will be published on October 15th. Page Six has learned that the memoir will be celebrated with a ceremony at Graceland, the Presley family estate in Memphis, where Lisa Marie was buried next to her father Elvis and son Benjamin Keough.

“Lisa’s thoughts and dreams are hundreds of hours in the making,” a source familiar with the book revealed. “And Riley has to craft the book in a way that is both accurate and compassionate. Riley is a very busy actress, producer and mother, and she had to not only listen to her mother’s thoughts, but also decide how to incorporate them into this book… It’s a herculean task. It will have a lot of impact on how people perceive Lisa’s legacy forever. It’s that difficult.”

Keough is also busy resolving complex family law issues.

Last month, she was also forced to call in her legal team when Graceland found itself at the center of an apparent foreclosure fraud.

The property was to be auctioned off under the pretense that Lisa Marie had defaulted on a $3.8 million loan from Naussany Investments that was taken out before her death and that Graceland was used as collateral, court documents show.

Keough, who is now the sole heir to Graceland, filed suit to protect the estate, accusing Naussany of fraud and arguing that he does not exist and has no rights to the property.

The sale was ultimately blocked and Naussany Investments stopped its foreclosure efforts.

Keough also tries to maintain a dignified relationship with her grandmother, Priscilla Presley, who questioned the “authenticity and validity” of Lisa Marie’s will after her daughter’s death.

Keough eventually agreed to pay her grandmother a lump sum of $1 million plus $400,000 in legal fees to become the sole trustee of Lisa Marie’s estate.

The agreement also allows Priscilla, who divorced Elvis in 1973, to be buried at Graceland.

The two were spotted celebrating Priscilla’s 79th birthday last month.

“Riley is a pacifist. She’s introverted – she only has one grandmother, so that’s her choice,” the book’s source revealed.

As Keough said Vanity Fair last August: “When my mother died, every aspect of our lives was in chaos. Everything felt like the carpet had been ripped out and the ground had melted away beneath us…

“We are a family, but there is also a big business side to our family,” she added. “So I think there needed to be some clarity here.”

Lisa Marie, the only child of rock’n’roll legend Elvis Presley, was 54 years old when she died in January 2023.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office listed the cause of death as intestinal obstruction, allegedly the result of adhesions resulting from weight-loss surgery she had undergone several years before her death.

Among the topics Keough must address in her memoir is her mother’s struggle with drugs.

Lisa Marie already wrote about her struggle with addiction in the foreword to Harry Nelson’s 2019 book The United States of Opioids: A Recipe to Liberate a Nation in Pain.

“You may be reading this and wondering how I could have turned to opioids after losing people close to me,” wrote Lisa Marie, who saw both her father and ex-husband Michael Jackson die from drug use.

She said her fourth husband, Michael Lockwood, gave her opioids after the birth of her twin girls, Harper and Finley, in 2008.

“[It’s] “It has been a difficult road to overcome this addiction and get my life back on track,” wrote Lisa Marie. “Even in the last few years, I have seen too many people I loved struggle with addiction and tragically die from this epidemic. It’s time we move on from the shame of addiction. We need to stop blaming and judging ourselves and those around us… That starts with sharing our stories.”

The tragic loss of her son Benjamin Keough, who took his own life in 2020 at the age of 27, had also hit her hard.

Keough must also grapple with the ghosts of her mother’s previous marriages – with Keough’s father Danny, singer Michael Jackson, actor Nicolas Cage and musician Lockwood, with whom Presley was embroiled in a difficult custody battle until her death.

Through thick and thin, the Presley family has always rallied around Graceland. The 13-acre estate that Elvis bought in 1957 is a symbol of both success and tragedy.

Elvis died there in 1977 and was buried on the grounds along with his parents and paternal grandmother.

In a bizarre twist, an identity thief allegedly came forward this week and claimed responsibility for the brazen plan to auction off the property, according to the New York Times.

The alleged leader of the plot, who claims to be from Nigeria, told the news agency that his gang targeted the dead, the unsuspecting and the elderly, particularly those from Florida and California.

They use birth certificates and other documents to obtain personal information that helps them in their illegal plans to steal property.

“We figure out how to steal,” said the suspected thief. “That’s what we do.”

Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti is currently investigating.

“I have asked my lawyers to look into this matter, determine the full extent of any wrongdoing and find out what we can do to protect both the heirs of Elvis Presley and anyone else who may be similarly threatened,” Skrmetti said in a statement.

“Riley is grateful for the quick legal action that prevented the forced sale. She was quite shocked and confused at first, but all is well for now,” a source close to the star told People. “She will do whatever she can to protect Graceland.”

Still, a well-informed Graceland insider told Page Six they weren’t so sure the Nigerian scammer was behind the hoax – and revealed that a similar ruse occurred during the probate process for Lisa Marie’s estate in California.

“Someone tried to claim that Lisa owed them something, but the judge dismissed that and said it was nonsense,” the insider said. “Usually, things like this happen from someone who is on the sidelines [of Elvis’s estate] or wanting to belong. I have concrete ideas about who that is.

“I’m just so sad that Riley had to go through that.”

Keough, on the other hand, is said to be successful in other areas of her life.

She currently stars alongside Oscar nominee Lily Gladstone in the Hulu miniseries “Under the Bridge,” about a Canadian teenager murdered in 1997.

She is also the face of Chanel and is looking for new directorial projects following the success of her film “War Pony,” which was shown at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

She is still happily married to stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen, with whom she has a little daughter, Tupelo, named after Elvis’ hometown in Mississippi.

“Happy birthday, you are perfect,” Petersen wrote to congratulate his wife online. The book’s source said, “Riley is having a great career while carrying the responsibility of shaping what will be perceived as her mother’s legacy.”

This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission.

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