Celebrities Who Knew Elvis to Gather at ‘Night of a Thousand Stars’

Memphis, TN (PRWEB) June 30, 2007 — Never in 50 years have Elvis's co-stars gathered like this to celebrate The King.

And never will it happen again.

Fans of Elvis Presley will experience a one-of-a-kind event at "Night of a Thousand Stars" when more than two dozen celebrities gather this summer on the 30th anniversary of the death of the King of Rock and Roll.

Orchestrated by actress and author Suzanna Leigh, Elvis's co-star in the 1966 film "Paradise, Hawaiian Style," the event runs from Aug. 16-18, 2007 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tens of thousands of fans from around the world will gather in mid-August to celebrate the life of Elvis. At the unique, glittering gala known as "Night of a Thousand Stars," several notable actors and personalities will be on hand to talk to fans about their experiences with Elvis.

Miss Leigh is host for the event, having invited co-stars, friends and directors associated with Elvis and especially his movies to come to the gathering. Many of these luminaries have never met but this array of stars will not be seen again assembled at an event as singular as this.

Among those participating in the unique and unforgettable experience are: Pat Priest ("Easy Come, Easy Go"), Sue Ane Langdon ("Roustabout," "Frankie and Johnny"), Irene Tsu ("Paradise, Hawaiian Style"), Jan Shepard ("King Creole," "Paradise, Hawaiian Style"), Gloria Pall ("Jailhouse Rock"), Jennifer Holden ("Jailhouse Rock"), Will Hutchins ("Spinout," "Clambake"), Lance LeGault ("Girls! Girls! Girls!" "Kissin' Cousins," "Roustabout"), Leslie Bricusse (songwriter) and Yvonne Romain Bricusse ("Double Trouble"), Donna Butterworth ("Paradise, Hawaiian Style"), Michael Dante ("Kid Galahad"), Jack Carter ("Viva Las Vegas"), Jack Grinnage ("King Creole"), John Rich (director of "Roustabout," "Easy Come, Easy Go"), L.Q. Jones ("Love Me Tender," "Flaming Star" "Stay Away, Joe"), Celeste Yarnall ("Live a Little, Love a Little"), Edy Williams ("Paradise, Hawaiian Style"), Victoria Paige Meyerink ("Speedway"), Gail Gilmore ("Girl Happy," "Harum Scarum"), Tommy Sands (singer, friend) and Ty Hardin (actor, friend). Even more are expected to come to the event in coming weeks.

There will also be a special video appearance by Dolores Hart, Elvis's co-star in "King Creole" and "Loving You." She is now a Benedictine nun and spokesman for The Neuropathy Association. A portion of the proceeds from "Night of a Thousand Stars" will go to the charity that raises awareness of the neurological disorder that Mother Dolores has been battling since 1997.

Packages are available to accommodate all combinations of admittance to any or all of the three days, from the first day's Garden Party to the Grand Finale.

The event, to be held at the Inn of Hunt Phelan in Memphis, Tennessee, is on historic Beale Street and just 20 minutes from Graceland.

The activities include:

* The Garden Party (August 16 from 3 to 6 p.m.). Fans meet and mix with Elvis's co-stars and friends. There will be live entertainment from Memphis and Europe's 2006 Elvis Tribute Artist winner, Elvis Junior along with an auction of authenticated Elvis memorabilia.

* Night of a Thousand Stars (August 17 & 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily). Stars will sign books/photos and memorabilia and meet with fans. Vendors will have memorabilia for viewing and for sale. One one stage, the celebrities will tell stories about Elvis and answer questions from fans. Also, a large screen will display personal video messages from stars who could not attend but wanted to be part of the event. One another stage, the E. P. Express band, the main live entertainment at the event, will perform two sets daily. There will be a dance area near the stage.

The last day of the extravaganza will culminate with a glittering finale where all the stars and friends of Elvis wrap it up with a fond farewell.

There are several ways to enjoy all or part of the celebration. Different packages are available for any combination of days. Special rates are available for groups and for young people ages 10-17. Fans up to 9 years old and over 90 years old attend free.

* The Adult All-Access Pass
Fans meet and mix with the stars at the Garden Party Aug. 16 and for all events on Aug. 17 and 18 as well as the glittering finale. All-Access Pass holders may come and go as many times as they wish.
Price: $150 ($140 for groups of eight or more)

* The Adult Garden Party and One-Day Pass includes all access.
Price: $100 ($95 for groups of eight or more)

* The Youth All Access Pass (for 10-17 year olds) admits the young fan to the full three-day event.
Price: $60 ($50 for groups of four or more — must be accompanied by an adult.)

* The Youth Garden Party and One-Day Pass is for 10-17 year olds.
Price: $35 ($30 for groups of four or more — must be accompanied by an adult.)

* Adult Garden Party pass only.
Price: $75

* The One-Day Pass enables the fan to all access on either Aug. 17 or Aug 18.
Price: $65

Deadline for reservations is July 20, 2007. Arrangements can be made at the Web site Night-of-a-Thousand-Stars.com or by calling 901 454-7243, ext. 1.

Payment can be made by check, money order or PayPal. Checks and money orders are to be made out to: The Suzanna Leigh Experience LLC.

Sponsors for Night of a Thousand Stars are Pepsi Cola, Web Wolf Design and Nightmare at Pinehaven Farm.