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.
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 actress 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 demonstrated, 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 demonstrated her captivating dancing talents by playing Elvis’ girlfriend, 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.
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! Girls! 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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