When Love Me Tender was released, critics panned the film and ridiculed Elvis's acting and singing. But Elvis's fans spoke with a louder voice: the movie made back its million-dollar cost in less than a week and was one of the year's biggest moneymakers!
In 1956, Debra was to star with singing sensation Elvis Presley in his first movie. The film was Love Me Tender and Paget was to play Cathy Reno, Presley's wife. The River's Edge, From the Earth to the Moon, and Journey to the Lost City are just a few of the films Debra did after working with Elvis. Paget's last movie was in 1963's The Haunted Palace. Following this, Debra quit acting and married a millionaire by the name of Louis Kung. Paget and Kung had a son in 1964, but in 1980 the two divorced.
Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Egan was visible in several big screen and television movies. His last endeavor was the TV series "Capitol" (1982), in which he played Samuel Clegg II.
In private life, Egan was wed to
actress Patricia Harvey. He died of cancer on July 20 1987.
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