Blessed with an inviting, effervescent smile, showing off her dramatic mettle in such dramas as “Burke’s Law,” “Ben Casey”, “Dr. Kildare,” “Laredo,” “Bonanza,” and “Perry Mason” offering a palatable range of “good girl” and “bad girl” interpretations — from the sensual and alluring to the offbeat and freewheeling.
One of her more notable “bad girl” roles came in the form of a faithless wife who schemes to murder her lover’s wife and set up David Janssen‘s Richard Kimble character in the process.
Marlyn’s singing career also paid off later when she was signed to co-star with Robert Goulet, Sally Ann Howes and Peter Falk in a special TV-musical version of Brigadoon(1966), following that with the role of Carrie in Carousel (1967) again with Goulet. Marlyn receiving many enthusiastic reviews.
Although the actress made her film debut at the beginning of the 1960s, Marlyn would later perk up the large screen when she nabbed her best known cinematic part as Elvis Presley‘s girl in one of his final films, The Trouble with Girls (1969), by sharing a duet with the legend on the novelty song “Sign of the Zodiac”.
An abundance of guest star parts continued pouring in with roles on “Love, American Style,” “The Odd Couple,” “Vegas” and “Wonder Woman” and others.
Since the 1980s, Marlyn has continued her career with appearances in film and TV, albeit at a slimmer pace. She earned her first grandmother role on the TV movie Fifteen and Pregnant (1998), and, most recently, has been seen in a few short films in which she worked in front and behind the camera: Model Rules (2008) (also writer/producer), Big(2009) and The Bag (2010) (also writer/producer).
She wrote/produced a long/short, The Right Regrets (2012) and since has been acting all over the country in other filmmaker’s projects. 2018 ended with 6 shorts and 2 features under her belt and two Elvis events in England and Quebec.
In 2019, Marlyn recently finished a pilot for film noir series, REMAINS. Another short film with the Student Filmmakers in Tupelo, MS is in the works; and horror series pilot, THE STEM, is now in editing stages. She also managed to slip in two foreign Elvis events in England and Quebec!
Turning 79 this year, Marlyn hopes to follow in the footsteps of Betty White and live into her 90’s still working. So far so good!
Sam Thompson was introduced to Elvis Presley in 1972 by his sister, Linda Thompson. Elvis and Sam became fast friends and in July 1973, Elvis purchased a home for Sam near Graceland. In November 1973, Elvis visited Sam’s home and recorded the tracks released by BMG on the CD entitled Made In Memphis.
Sam provided security for Elvis and traveled on the road tours from 1973 to 1976. Sam worked full time for Elvis, as his personal bodyguard and tour advance man, providing security for road tours, hotel and airport security.
Sam witnessed, from a very personal perspective, essentially all of the concert and recording performances by Elvis during the last five years of his life. Colonel Tom Parker wrote:
I had the pleasure of working with Sam Thompson on his assignments with the airport, hotel and travel security. Of all the people I have ever been associated with in over 50 years in show business I know of no one any more reliable, on time, and always a proper gentleman with total control of himself, many times under very trying conditions. If Mr. Presley were alive today he would surely join me in my recommendation as to Sam Thompson’s honesty and reliability.
Following the death of Elvis, Sam returned to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and later graduated law school. In October 1977, at the personal request of Vernon Presley, he returned to Graceland to oversee the internment of Elvis and his mother Gladys in the Meditation Garden.
After a successful law practice and ten (10) years on the bench as a Judge in Memphis, Sam retired to California and became an equity owner in 143 Records, a joint venture with The Warner Music Group. As Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs Sam was instrumental in negotiating the signing of artists such as Josh Groban and Michael Buble. After relocating to Las Vegas, Sam finally retired in 2011 as Chairman of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. He now resides in Dallas, Texas.
Sam has been a lawyer; a judge; a music industry executive; a mediator and arbitrator; a state energy and transportation commissioner; and a frequent public speaker about his time with Elvis.
Cynthia Pepper co-starred with Elvis Presley in MGM’s movie, “Kissin’ Cousins” in 1964. 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of that film. She was requested for the part by Elvis himself.
Cynthia’s other TV credits included her own TV show called “Margie” on the ABC network. This dynamic blonde dynamo also co-starred in some of the 1960’s most iconic American TV shows including “My Three Sons”, “Wagon Train”, “The Addams Family”, “77 Sunset Strip”, “The Flying Nun”, “Julia”, “Lassie”, “Perry Mason”, and “The Jimmy Stewart Show”.
She would later co-star with Jimmy Stewart & Sandra Dee in the 20th Century Fox film, “Take Her, She’s Mine.” Her last film was “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous” with Sandra Bullock.
Since the release of her successful Hollywood memoir, “Pigtails, Presley & Pepper” coauthored with Canada’s own Victor J Hanson, Cynthia may now add Book Author to her credits.
She currently makes her home in Las Vegas, Nevada.