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LARRY GELLER WAS MUCH MORE THAN ELVIS PRESLEY’S PERSONAL HAIRSTYLIST

He was one of his dearest and most trusted friends and, in many ways, his spiritual mentor.

Larry Geller  
  “Elvis charged me with this responsibility, empowering me and inspiring me to write this book when he said:

‘The world knows Elvis Presley all right, but they don’t know me. I want them to know me, the real person. Larry, I’m counting on
you.’
 
     

It was pretty much that way from the moment they met in 1964. One of LA’s premier celebrity hairstylists in the 1960’s, working with the famed Jay Sebring, their clientele read like a Hollywood Who’s Who, with such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Peter Sellers, Steve McQueen, Henry Fonda, Peter Fonda, Robert Wagner, James Garner, Bobby Darin, Sammy David, Jr., Rock Hudson, Roy Orbison, Sam Cooke, Kirk Douglas, Tony Bennett, Jackie Gleason and many, many more.

After styling Elvis’ hair for the first time, instead of rushing off to his next famous client, Larry stayed for three hours as he and Elvis talked about everything from show biz to the nature of life. Larry didn’t realize then how much this day would change two lives - his and Elvis’ – forever.

By the end of the conversation, Larry was no longer just a hairstylist; he and Elvis had begun a close friendship that did not end the day he prepared Elvis’ hair for the funeral in 1977.

As Elvis’ exclusive personal hairstylist, Larry alternated between traveling with him and living with him at Graceland. Larry styled Elvis’ hair for nearly a dozen movies: “Roustabout,” “Girl Happy,” “Double Trouble,” “Easy Come, Easy Go,” “Frankie and Johnny,” “Harum Scarum,” “Paradise, Hawaiian Style,”“Tickle Me,” “Clambake” and “Spinout.”

For countless personal appearances, hundreds of concert engagements, multiple Las Vegas appearances and his last TV special “Elvis in Concert” (filmed only weeks before his death), Larry was by Elvis’ side, grooming the image of the man the world came to know as “The King,” the greatest and most beloved star of our time.

Larry’s responsibility went deeper than caring for the outer Elvis…He had the sacred trust of nurturing and guiding the inner man, the soul and spirit of this amazing person. Because Larry had been on the spiritual path for much of his life, he became something of a way-shower for Elvis. He brought into Elvis’ life books and ideas that they shared in countless intimate conversations of the course of their many years together.

In addition to appearing in virtually every Elvis book written over the years, Larry is prominently featured in several major books published in the last several years, including Private Dreams of Public People by Lauren Lawrence, The Colonel by Alanna Nash, Elvis Presley: The Man, The Life, The Legend by Pamela Keogh, Elvis By The Presleys by Priscilla Presley & Lisa Marie Presley, and others.

Over the years Larry has appeared in Memphis at venues for Graceland, fan clubs and other gatherings. Fan clubs throughout Europe have invited him to visit; some of his tours have brought him to Germany, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, and the UK.

Larry’s media appearances over the years have included Larry King, Regis Philbin and “Entertainment Tonight,” as well as numerous interviews including E Channel, CNN, BBC, and international radio and television networks. Larry has also been interviewed by print and Internet outlets throughout the world. He has been featured in many documentaries in the United States, Canada and Europe, the newest of which, “At The Gates,” is due to be released late in 2010.

Larry is a frequent guest throughout the year on George Klein’s radio show on Sirius Radio, and has been featured several times on George’s show from Graceland during Elvis Week.

A spiritual seeker since his teens, vegetarian, and student of natural nutrition and alternative healing, Larry has dedicated his life to serving and assisting others, and to telling the story of the real Elvis Presley.

Larry is a writer and speaker. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Shira.

Spinout Photographs

Photo: Elvis and Larry in Hawaii

Photo: Elvis in Concert



"Larry Geller's Leaves of Elvis' Garden is by far the best book I have ever read about Elvis."
 
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