Riley Keough Says Finishing Her Mom’s Memoir Is Bittersweet and Therapeutic

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Riley Keough will complete and publish the memoir that Lisa Marie Presley began before her death. 

On the Emmy Awards red carpet, Riley Keough spoke with Variety about finalizing the memoir that her late mother, Lisa Marie Presley, began before she died. Riley revealed that Lisa Marie had been working on the memoir for 3-4 years and that finishing it was something that Riley “felt she needed to do for her.” She continued: 

“It’s very bittersweet and I’m happy to be able to do that for her. And I feel honored to be able to help.” 

The interviewer from Variety asked Riley to share more about what it was like to read a draft of the words written by her mother. She responds: 

“It’s extremely emotional and also very therapeutic. It makes me feel very close to her. So it’s kind of, again, bittersweet and difficult, but also very special.” 

@varietymagazine Riley Keough talks about finishing and publishing her mother Lisa Marie Presley’s memoir. #Emmys ♬ original sound – Variety

About Lisa Marie Presley’s Memoir 

The untitled memoir of Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the iconic Elvis and Priscilla Presley, is set to be released on October 15 by Random House publications. Random House has described the upcoming memoir as a “raw, riveting, one-of-a-kind” memoir that will unveil the mysteries surrounding one of America’s most legendary families. 

The memoir is said to contain primarily Lisa Marie’s own words, with Riley Keough stepping in to “fill in the blanks” from her own memories. The work is expected to delve into Lisa Marie’s family relationships, with her father Elvis and her mother Priscilla, as well as romantic relationships, such as her marriages with actor Nicolas Cage and singer Michael Jackson. 

Remembering Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley passed away unexpectedly on January 12, 2023 from complications arising from a bowel obstruction as well as “other significant conditions.” She was 54 years old when she died. Now a year later, her daughter is stepping in to be her voice and tell the story that Lisa Marie is no longer able to tell herself. When the memoir was initially announced, Riley shared in a statement: 

“Few people had the opportunity to know who my mom really was, other than being Elvis’s daughter. I was lucky to have had that opportunity and working on preparing her autobiography for publication has been a privilege, albeit a bittersweet one.”

Lisa Marie Presley’s memoir is set to release on 10/15/24. You can now pre-order it now by visiting


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