Annette Day : Elvis Presleys Co-Star in Double Trouble

By: Elvis Australia
July 9, 2014

Elvis Presley and Annette Day.
Elvis Presley and Annette Day.
One of the youngest actresses to ever costar with Elvis, English ingenue Annette Day was just 18 years old when she acted in Double Trouble. Day was discovered in typical Hollywood fashion. Producer Judd Bernard was shopping in an antique store on London's famed Portobello Road when he caught a glimpse of the red-haired teenager. The shop belonged to Day's mother, and Day was working behind the counter that day.

Months later, when Bernard was casting for the film, he remembered the perky girl and called on her to ask the fateful question, 'Do you want to be an actress?' After a script reading in London and some meetings with MGM executives, Day did a screen test in Hollywood, which satisfied the producers enough to cast her opposite Elvis. Her only prior acting experience had consisted of doing the Charleston in a Christmas concert at school. Elvis' cousin Billy Smith served as Ms. Day's stand-in.

Elvis did take an interest in Day during filming, though not in the romantic sense. During filming Elvis surprised the 18-year-old, who had yet to learn to drive, with a white Mustang convertible. Unable to take the gift back home to Britain, Ms. Day left it in the U.S. in her brother's care when she returned to England, where she still lives.

Elvis' co-star in 'Double Trouble', Annette Day, taken from 'TV Star Annual' magazine (1967).
Elvis' co-star in 'Double Trouble', Annette Day, taken from 'TV Star Annual' magazine (1967). Click image to view larger size.

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