TYPE: Bible
DIMENSIONS: Bible, 11 1/2 by 8 3/4 by 2 1/2 inches Case; 14 by 10 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches
COMPONENTS: A copy of the Holy Bible, King James Version, Freedom Edition, with a blue leather cover and gold print. Housed in a display case.
NOTES: Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Billy Smith. Lorraine Smith was the maternal aunt of Elvis and Billy Smith was her son.
ITEM ID: 4805
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Elvis Presely Gifted Bible

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Century: 20th (1901-2000)

Believed to be Elvis Presley’s personal bible at one time, the inside presentation page has the following handwritten by Linda Thompson: “Aunt Lorraine on December 25, 1975, by Elvis & Linda. Merry Christmas! We love you and wish you much happiness.”

Linda Diane Thompson (born May 23, 1950) is an American songwriter/lyricist, former actress and beauty pageant winner. She was a longtime girlfriend of Elvis Presley before marrying Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, and David Foster, musician, record producer, composer, songwriter and arranger.

Thompson was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Margie (née White) and Sanford Abel Thompson. Her older brother, Sam, was one of Elvis Presley’s bodyguards.

On July 6, 1972, Thompson attended a private movie screening hosted by Elvis Presley at the Memphian Theater in Memphis. She and Elvis hit it off and subsequently dated for 4 years before breaking up around Christmas 1976. They broke up because she wanted a “normal” life which was not possible with Elvis. However, they broke up on good terms and remained good friends until Elvis’ death.

In 1977, Thompson became a regular on the television series Hee Haw as one of the “Hee Haw Honeys.” She later had small one-episode roles in such television series as CHiPs, Starsky & Hutch, Vega$, Fantasy Island, The Fall Guy and Beverly Hills, 90210.

In 1980, Thompson began a relationship with former Olympic Gold Medal decathlete Bruce Jenner (now known as Caitlyn Jenner). The couple married on January 5, 1981 in Oahu, Hawaii. They have two sons together, Brandon and Sam Brody, known as Brody. The couple separated in 1986 and divorced thereafter. She appeared as Linda Jenner in a workout video by then-husband Bruce Jenner, four documentaries about Elvis Presley between 1997 and 2004, and in the short-lived Princes of Malibu, a reality series about then-husband David Foster’s efforts to improve her two sons and herself.

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Name: Regency
Type: Publisher