Oprah Winfrey sends white flowers for her 'Cuz' Lisa Marie Presley's final resting place at Graceland
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: Lisa Marie Presley’s memorial service was a celebration of her life and it concluded on Sunday, January 22, at Meditation Garden. The public service had many many famous names in attendance alongside her family and friends. One of the gifts laid at the tomb was an arrangement of white flowers from TV host Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey and Presley go way back, with the latter being interviewed by the former four times over the past many years.
Ace Showbiz reported that the daytime show host could not show up in person and hence, she sent flowers. Elvis' daughter was laid to rest right next to where her son Benjamin Keough was, and Winfrey’s flowers were right in between the tombs of the mother and son. Elvis and her grandparents, Vernon and Gladys, were also buried in the same premises.
Winfrey had released a statement on Presley’s death as well, on Oprah Daily. The statement reads, “Lisa Marie Presley and I felt a kinship towards each other. My maternal ancestors were also Presleys, so we would often call each other “Cuz.” While Henry Louis Gates confirmed we weren’t actually related, we always liked to think so. Throughout the years, we had many conversations—on camera, off camera, and even on hikes—and she was always 100% genuine. Rest well, “Cuz.” Blessings to her mom, Priscilla, and her daughters, Riley, Finley, and Harper.”
In the past few years, Winfrey and Presley have both interacted and discussed lots of different topics. Presley had admitted to Winfrey that her birth and ensuing celebrity status has not been her cup of tea. “It is plaguing, I have to say,” Presley had said, adding, “I’m not someone who desires or wants attention…I’ve never been one of those people that run around, walking every red carpet...I’m just innately not the kind of person that wants attention on me.”
However, despite being the daughter of an internationally famous musician, Presley was given as much of a normal childhood as was possible, thanks to her mother Priscilla. “She was very adamant. She put [me] in a normal school...and I don’t feel like I was that exposed or had that eye on me so much when I was growing up, thank God,” Presley said.
Presley also made sure to let people know that she appreciated the warm reception that people had given her music and how they had been accepting of her musical identity away that was different from her father’s. “He had his way, my mom has her way, and I’ve got my little way that I’m doing my thing over here. To have people be moved by it and respond to my music because of whatever I say in my song means a hell of a lot to me on the other side of that,” she said.