The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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From the Trude Forsher Collection

Trude Forsher played a pivotal role as Colonel Parker and Elvis’ secretary in Hollywood during the early part of his career, starting in 1956 right after Elvis’ appearance on The Milton Berle Show and during Elvis’ time in Hollywood filming the movies Love Me Tender (1956), Loving You (1957), Jailhouse Rock (1957), and King Creole (1958) before he left for his service in the Army. After amiably leaving the Colonel and Elvis’ employ in February 1961, Trude branched out on her own to produce short films and local television game shows for a brief period before departing the Hollywood scene altogether. The offered collection of ephemera is from the early period when Trude was beginning to assist the Colonel in promoting Elvis’ career. The plethora of documents include an original typed, 20-page final draft of an article Trude had written entitled, “The Genesis of a Song ‘Love Me Tender’” to be considered for Look Magazine and her personal research and notes for this article. This draft article comes with additional documents directly from her files that include:

  • Fourteen-page earlier draft copy of above-mentioned article;
  • A letter (and envelope), dated November 19, 1956, from Tom Diskin to Trude sending regards and reminding her that she neglected to call Mrs. Parker as promised;
  • A typed letter, dated October 11, 1956, to Richard Egan from Trude mentioning an interview and her venture to wiring stories for a number of magazines at present;
  • A letter, dated August 27, 1956, from Norman Siegel on Photoplay stationery which states, “I very much enjoyed meeting you and discussing an assignment on Elvis Presley for PHOTOPLAY. I am sure you can produce the type of article which we all desire and which will please both Elvis and Col. Parker. I trust this will be the start of a long and very profitable association for you and PHOTOPLAY. Kindly accept this as a definite assignment and I will discuss future assignments with you as they occur. Any suggestions you might have will be welcomed.”;
  • A cover page from the Los Angeles Evening Herald Express, dated October 19, 1956, with images of Elvis recounting his punching of a gas station manager in Memphis;
  • A signed, typed letter from Trude Forsher on her personal letterhead talking about young Elvis’ new film Love Me Tender;
  • A paper labeled “BIO” talking about Elvis’ 21st birthday;
  • A two-sheet, typed interview with disc jockeys from Radio King in Seattle with Trude’s shorthand on the reverse;
  • Six (6) varying size sheets of a typed, hand-revised interview with Tom Diskin about Elvis on KTTV stationery;
  • Three (3) yellow legal sheets with handwritten notes for letter to Dick Williams regarding war and Elvis’ service;
  • Six (6) pages of typed notes mentioning everything from Steve Allen and Milton Berle to a quote from Diskin “In planning Elvis’ appearances, we never place an act in front of Elvis that will tend to excite the audience--his appearance is enough, Frankly, we don’t know what effect he has on the kids. But he certainly has one...”; 
  • Over thirty-five (35) additional sheets of notes, about half in shorthand, on paper ranging in size from 3 by 5 inches (7.62 x 12.7 cm) to 8 by 5 inches (20.32 x 12.7 cm) to 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.4 x 21.59 cm); 
  • An article from the San Francisco News, dated November 2, 1956, in which an image of Elvis and Trude appears; and 
  • An 8 by 10 inch (20.32 x 25.4 cm) black-and-white photo of Trude taking notes as Elvis reclines on the sofa beside her.

Trude played a key role in helping form the stellar reputation of this young star in press and promotions. This early collection, emanating directly from the files of Trude Forsher, provides a peek into the early workings of the Elvis machine and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The collection of ephemera is in excellent condition overall with most papers discolored from age and wear around edges from heavy handling.
“Love Me Tender” Document and Letter Collection from Trude Forsher’s Files Including Original Photo, Letters and Manuscripts*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $531.25
Estimate: $500 - $800
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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