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On December 27, 1957, Elvis Presley's dream world was rudely shattered by a draft notice from Uncle Sam. Soon the army's most famous private was shipped off to Fort Hood, Texas to be groomed to serve in the Second Armored Division. Elvis's training was tragically interrupted in August of 1958,however, when his beloved mother, Gladys, suddenly took ill and died of complications from hepatitis. The grief-stricken star returned to the army, where he was soon shipped overseas to serve his country in a two year hitch in Germany.

Gone, but not forgotten by his adoring fans, The King's face and voice were kept in the public eye by way of magazine articles and record releases. Colonel Parker and RCA did their job well - and the magnetic star maintained his momentum until he could return in the flesh to his awaiting fans.

In 1960, a calmer, more mature Elvis returned to the silver screen in, appropriately, G.I. Blues The plot involves a trio of Army buddies stationed in West Germany. The guys have formed a performing musical combo known as The Three Blazes, through which they hope to make enough money to open a small nightclub upon their return to civilian life. Along the way, the plot thickens thanks to the appearance of "Lili", a steam-heated cabaret dancer.

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Juliet Prowse

"Lili"

Juliet Prowse was born on September 25, 1936, in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. She was raised, however, in South Africa, where the talented Juliet was selected to be a dancer with the Johannesburg ballet. It was by way of the ballet, in fact, that the young received her big break. Around 1959, famed choreographer,Hermes Pan, known for his collaborations with such dancing greats as Fred Astaire, traveled to Johannesburg to work with the Ballet. Impressed by the energetic potential Juliet strated, Pan chose her to star in the upcoming movie,Can-Can with Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine. Having already been established as a hit on Broadway, the Cole Porter musical dealt with the origins of the racy French dance and attempts to suppress it. Fiesty Juliet’s dance numbers in the film received enthusiastic publicity and resulted in opportunities for many other movie roles. In 1960, Prowse won a part in the Elvis Presley vehicle, G.I. Blues. She strated her captivating dancing talents by playing Elvis’ friend, Lili, a sizzling cabaret performer.

Films that followed, include The Fiercest Heart, The Second Time Around, and The Right Approach. In 1965, television entered the picture, as the actress acquired a starring role on the series Mona McCluskey.

The 1970’s and 80’s found Miss Prowse annually hosting the Championship Ballroom Dancing event and making various television appearances. In 1987, she was in the TV Movie Circus of the Stars #12. Sadly, this would be Juliet’s last appearance. On September 14, 1996, Juliet Prowse died of pancreatic cancer.

Click here to see my Juliet Prowse autograph.

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Robert Ivers

"Cookie"

Robert L. Prestlien, or later known as Robert Ivers, was born in Seattle, Washington, on December 11, 1934. From 1950-1953, Ivers attended Tucson High school, one of the few schools that offered classes in acting, stagecraft, and theatre classes. Following his performances in high school and some Tucson Little Theatre productions, Robert was presented with scholarships to the Pasadena Playhouse and the University of Arizona. Ivers began at Pasadena, but once he found out he couldnt appear on stage until his second year, he enrolled at the University of Arizona so he could be on the stage.

While in college, Robert was able to snag a few "uncredited" roles in motion pictures. They were Broken Lace with Spencer Tracey, Ten Wanted Men, and Violent Saturday. While at the Sartu Theatre in Hollywood, a talent scout by the name of Milt Lewis saw Ivers in a play and wanted Paramount to sign him to a contract. Unfortunately, they did not sign him on. While in a show of The Rainmaker, Lewis was impressed with Robert once more and again tryed to get him a contract with Paramount, but it failed. However, while in a production of Tea and Sympathy a woman named Jane (Loew) Sharples saw Ivers and sent him to her father, Arthur Loew. Who happened to be the president of MGM. After audtions and interviews with MGM and Paramount, he was signed with Paramount Studios.

This lead Robert to a quite major role in The Delicate Delinquent with Jerry Lewis. This was Lewis's first film without his legendary partner, Dean Martin. During this period, he also starred in Shot Cut to Hell (directed by James Cagney). After a stint with Uncle Sam (Robert was drafted) he appeared in I Married a Monster from Outer Space. Following a string of television shows including Gunsmoke and 77 Sunset Strip, Ivers became a regular on the TV show Pony Express. However, after 33 episodes, the show was cancelled.

In 1960, Robert was chosen to co-star in G.I. Blues, Elvis Presley's first film since the war. In the movie, Ivers would play Cookie, Elvis' best army buddy.

Following his co-starring with the King, Ivers worked in six more films which included two Jerry Lewis movies, The Errand Boy and The Patsy. His last film to date, was Town Tamer starring Dana Andrews. As for Robert's personal life, he was married to Lenore Robert but it was later annulled. From 1961 until her death in 1987, Ivers was married to actress Marcia Henderson. They had two daughters, Mallory and Alenda.

Mr. Robert Ivers died on February 13, 2003, in Yakima, Washington, due to cancer of the esophagus.

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Jeremy Slate

"Turk"

Jeremy Slate was born February 17, 1926. His career started out with numerous guest-starring roles in popular television programs of the 50s, such as Gunsmoke ( in which he was featured in 9 episodes in 1955, alone!), Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Perry Mason, to name but a few.

In 1960, Slate’s hard work paid off when he landed his first movie role in Elvis’ G.I. Blues, costarring Juliet Prowse. Two years later, he worked with the King once again in Girls! Girl s! Girls!, playing Elvis’ boss, Wesley Johnson. After Jeremy’s Elvis flicks, he appeared in no less than 19 movies and television shows, most notably being an 8-year run as character Chuck Wilson on the daytime serial, One Life to Live. During this time, he suspended his work in films.

When Slate concluded his role in OLTL, he resumed working in movies, most recently starring as Father Francis McKeen, the Lawnmower Man, in the Stephen King movie of the same title.

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