The Love Me Tender Years Diary

By: Elvis Australia
Source: Bob Hayden / David Troedson
August 26, 2006

The Love Me Tender Years Diary by Trude Forsher
The Love Me Tender Years Diary by Trude Forsher
The Love Me Tender Years Diary book by Trude Forsher has been released. Trude Forsher was Colonel Parker's assistant from 1956-1961. She later was a television show producer in Los Angeles and a human rights activist.

Trude Forsher, Elvis & The Colonel

In 1956, Trude Forsher, a 36-year-old refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria, was leading a quiet life in conservative Westwood, California, with her husband and two sons. Life changed quickly for the Forsher family when Trude put aside her career as a freelance writer/stay-at-home mother and went to work for Elvis Presley and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, as their personal secretary.

'She totally fell in love with the glamour and the life,' said her son, filmmaker and broadcasting Professor Jim Forsher. 'The next thing I knew, my mother was not at home, she was working all the time, Dad was not handling it well, the neighbors thought we were weird.'

Trude Forsher & Elvis
Trude Forsher & Elvis
During the six years Trude worked with Elvis and Col. Parker, she was a trusted member of the inner circle. If you wanted to get to Elvis or the Colonel, you first had to get past Trude. It has been said that neither the Colonel nor Elvis could have had a more dedicated employee.

When his mother passed away in 2000, Forsher inherited her collection of Elvis memorabilia. Last year, he began unsealing the after box after box full of Elvis and Colonel Parker mementoes, all meticulously preserved, including a 45rpm record of 'Love Me Tender' signed to Trude by Elvis and his cousin; original studio publicity notes from 'King Creole' (along with Elvis biography); invitations to Elvis movie screenings; movie production call sheets; a 1957 Christmas card sent to Trude by Elvis from his new home, Graceland; Colonel Parker's signature string necktie; dictation notebooks; LP albums right out of Elvis' movie studio dressing room; cards; letters; the key to Elvis' dressing room and much more.

Personal Note from Elvis Presley to 'Admiral' Tom Parker

This note from Elvis to his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, is rare and unique for a couple of reasons. It was handwritten and signed by Elvis in 1956 during the filming of his first film, 'Love Me Tender,' at Twentieth Century-Fox Studios. Elvis addresses his manager as 'Admiral,' his private, behind-the-scenes nickname for Col. Parker, instructing him to give the bearer 15 pictures. It was uncommon for Elvis to issue orders to Col. Parker, at least not publicly. An extremely rare written example of Elvis taking the reins, ever so briefly.

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The Love Me Tender Years Diary

By Trude Forsher (deceased) James Forsher (editor - son)
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (August 21, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 1419634704

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