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Elvis’ First Love: Fabulous Photos Of Debra Paget From 1940s and 1950s

Debra Paget is an actress and entertainer who rose to fame in the 1950s. She was born Debralee Griffin, and she took her screen name from Lord and Lady Paget of England, UK, from whom her family are descended.

Debra Paget’s acting career

Paget made her stage debut at the age of 13 when she acted in William Shakespeare play “The Merry Wives of Windsor. ” She made her debut into Hollywood at the age of 15 with the role of girlfriend of Richard Conte, in “Cry of the City (1948)” At the beginning of her career, Paget had small roles in few films, her big break came when she was cast opposite James Stewart in the 1950 western Broken Arrow. In 1956 she worked with Elvis Presley in the musical Love Me Tender. Paget also hosted her show “An Interlude with Debra Paget”, on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). Paget left the entertainment industry in 1964 after marrying a Chinese millionaire.

Debra Paget’s spouses

During the production of “Love Me Tender (1956)”, Elvis Presley fell in love with Debra Paget and called her “the most beautiful girl in the world”. In 1958 Paget married actor David Street but the marriage lasted only for four months and ended with a divorce. After two years Paget married director Budd Boetticher, and they separated after just 22 days, and their divorce was finalized in 1961. In 1964 Paget married Ling C. Kung and they divorce din 1980.

#1 Debra Paget on the set of Prince Valiant directed by Henry Hathaway.

Debra Paget on the set of Prince Valiant directed by Henry Hathaway.

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#2 Debra Paget dancing

Debra Paget dancing

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#3 Debra Paget, 1950s

Debra Paget, 1950s

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#4 Debra Paget in medieval costume as Ilene in ‘Prince Valiant’, 1954

Debra Paget in medieval costume as Ilene in 'Prince Valiant', 1954

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#5 Debra Paget in medieval costume as Ilene in ‘Prince Valiant’, 1954.

Debra Paget in medieval costume as Ilene in 'Prince Valiant', 1954.

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#6 Debra Paget on the set of Princess of the Nile, directed by Harmon Jones.

Debra Paget on the set of Princess of the Nile, directed by Harmon Jones.

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#7 Debra Paget on the set of Princess of the Nile directed by Harmon Jones.

Debra Paget on the set of Princess of the Nile directed by Harmon Jones.

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#8 Debra Paget in a swimsuit, circa 1955

Debra Paget in a swimsuit, circa 1955

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#9 Debra Paget in medieval costume, 1955

Debra Paget in medieval costume, 1955

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#10 Debra Paget, circa 1955.

Debra Paget, circa 1955.

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#11 Debra Paget wearing a long, netting skirt, a white bustier and a wide-brimmed sunhat decorated with flowers, 1955

Debra Paget wearing a long, netting skirt, a white bustier and a wide-brimmed sunhat decorated with flowers, 1955

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#12 Debra Paget wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, 1955

Debra Paget wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, 1955

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#13 Debra Paget, rehearsing her lines.

Debra Paget, rehearsing her lines.

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#14 Debra Paget, posing on a dock.

Debra Paget, posing on a dock.

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#15 Debra Paget, smiling.

Debra Paget, smiling.

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#16 Debra Paget in a scene from the movie “Bird of Paradise”

Debra Paget in a scene from the movie "Bird of Paradise"

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#17 Debra Paget attends the movie premiere of “Fixed Bayonets!” in Los Angeles, December 1951

Debra Paget attends the movie premiere of "Fixed Bayonets!" in Los Angeles, December 1951

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#18 Debra Paget helps herself to coffee on the set of the Panoramic Productions film ‘The Gambler from Natchez’, 1954

Debra Paget helps herself to coffee on the set of the Panoramic Productions film 'The Gambler from Natchez', 1954

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#19 Debra Paget takes photographs on the set of the Panoramic Productions film ‘The Gambler from Natchez’, 1954

Debra Paget takes photographs on the set of the Panoramic Productions film 'The Gambler from Natchez', 1954

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#20 Debra Paget attends the movie premiere of “Prince Valiant” at Romanoff’s in Los Angeles, April 1954

Debra Paget attends the movie premiere of "Prince Valiant" at Romanoff's in Los Angeles, April 1954

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#21 Debra Paget, circa 1955.

Debra Paget, circa 1955.

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#22 Debra Paget, in a striped swimsuit, leaning against the back rest of a chair in a studio portrait, against a white background, 1955

Debra Paget, in a striped swimsuit, leaning against the back rest of a chair in a studio portrait, against a white background, 1955

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#23 Debra Paget, wearing a swimsuit, smiling as she stands on a pool ladder, at the edge of a swimming pool, 1955

Debra Paget, wearing a swimsuit, smiling as she stands on a pool ladder, at the edge of a swimming pool, 1955

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#24 Debra Paget, circa 1955

Debra Paget, circa 1955

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#25 Debra Paget, US actress, in costume, posing against a statue of a bull in a publicity portrait issued for the film, ‘The Ten Commandments’, 1956

Debra Paget, US actress, in costume, posing against a statue of a bull in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'The Ten Commandments', 1956

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#26 Debra Paget looking up at the sky in a scene from the film ‘Omar Khayyam’, 1957

Debra Paget looking up at the sky in a scene from the film 'Omar Khayyam', 1957

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#27 Debra Paget poses in stockings in Los Angeles, 1957

Debra Paget poses in stockings in Los Angeles, 1957

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#28 Debra Paget on the set of “Broken Arrow

Debra Paget on the set of "Broken Arrow

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#29 Debra Paget on the set of “Broken Arrow”.

Debra Paget on the set of "Broken Arrow".

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#30 Debra Paget

Debra Paget

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#31 Debra Paget wearing a green showgirl costume of ostrich feathered hat and embroidered bodice, Circa 1950

Debra Paget wearing a green showgirl costume of ostrich feathered hat and embroidered bodice, Circa 1950

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#32 Debra Paget

Debra Paget

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#33 Debra Paget stars in Bird of Paradise, 1951

Debra Paget stars in Bird of Paradise, 1951

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#34 Debra Paget stars in Bird of Paradise

Debra Paget stars in Bird of Paradise

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#35 Debra Paget in a scene from the movie “Bird of Paradise”

Debra Paget in a scene from the movie "Bird of Paradise"

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#36 Debra Paget on the set of “The Gambler From Natchez

Debra Paget on the set of "The Gambler From Natchez

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#37 Debra Paget on the set of Princess of the Nile, 1954

Debra Paget on the set of Princess of the Nile, 1954

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#38 Debra Paget wearing a lacy off-the-shoulder dress and long earrings, 1957

Debra Paget wearing a lacy off-the-shoulder dress and long earrings, 1957

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#39 Debra Paget, standing on a balcony in the middle of the desolate town.

Debra Paget, standing on a balcony in the middle of the desolate town.

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#40 Debra Paget wearing a silk, oriental-style dress, 1950

Debra Paget wearing a silk, oriental-style dress, 1950

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#41 Actress Debra Paget

Actress Debra Paget

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#42 Debra Paget, sitting on a boat in the United States, 1950

Debra Paget, sitting on a boat in the United States, 1950

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#43 Debra Paget with Jeffrey Hunter on the set of Princess of the Nile directed by Harmon Jones.

Debra Paget with Jeffrey Hunter on the set of Princess of the Nile directed by Harmon Jones.

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#44 Debra Paget attends an event in Los Angeles, February 1954

Debra Paget attends an event in Los Angeles, February 1954

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#45 Debra Paget poses in Los Angeles, 1957

Debra Paget poses in Los Angeles, 1957

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#46 Debra Paget in costume as she appears in the film ‘The Tiger of Eschnapur’, October 15th 1958.

Debra Paget in costume as she appears in the film 'The Tiger of Eschnapur', October 15th 1958.

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#47 Loretta Young repairing the dress of Debra Pagetin the film Mother Is a Freshman, 1949

Loretta Young repairing the dress of Debra Pagetin the film Mother Is a Freshman, 1949

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#48 Debra Paget, eating an apple in the shade.

Debra Paget, eating an apple in the shade.

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#49 Debra Paget with Senora Matilde during the filming of “White Feather” at Durango

Debra Paget with Senora Matilde during the filming of "White Feather" at Durango

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#50 Debra Paget, 1950s

Debra Paget, 1950s

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Written by Orla Morris

Full-time dress and costume designer, Half Persian half Italian. I still don’t know how to write, but i'm writing and you are reading :)

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