Movie reporter shared lasting friendship with Presley and family

BELL BUCKLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Hollywood scribe Nancy Anderson wasn't expecting much when she first interviewed Elvis Presley in 1956 on the set of his movie "Love Me Tender."

But it surprisingly led to a friendship with Presley that lasted until his death in 1977 and continues today with family of the late star. Elvis would have turned 73 on Tuesday.

Now 89 years old and retired, Anderson recalled recently how she started as a freelance writer and later as West Coast editor of Photoplay and other movie magazines.

Anderson later reported on Hollywood when the glow from its golden age was still fresh and Americans idolized screen legends such as John Wayne, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

While chronicling the actors and the industry that made them famous, she got to know a lot of them. Anderson still holds tidbits only an insider could know about people like Marlon Brando and Ronald Reagan.

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