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Riley Keough Says Finishing Lisa Marie Presley's Memoir Makes Her 'Feel Very Close' to Her Late Mother

Lisa Marie Presley's memoir will be released posthumously by Random House and is set to hit shelves on Oct. 15

<p>Neilson Barnard/Getty</p> Riley Keough and Lisa Marie Presley in Beverly Hills in October 2017

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Riley Keough and Lisa Marie Presley in Beverly Hills in October 2017

Riley Keough is opening up about what it means to finish her late mother Lisa Marie Presley’s memoir.

Several days after it was announced that the actress, 34, was helping to release her mother and the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s memoir posthumously, she spoke to Variety about how “honored” she is to be a part of the process.

In a red carpet interview at Monday’s 2023 Emmy Awards, the Daisy Jones and the Six star shared that Lisa Marie had been working on the book for several years before she died at age 54 in January 2023, and said that she felt compelled to complete it.

<p>Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty </p> Riley Keough at the 2023 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2024

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Riley Keough at the 2023 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2024

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“She had been working on it for I want to say three or four years and it’s just something I felt that I needed to do for her and help her complete that project,” Keough told the outlet ahead of the Emmys, which she attended with her grandmother Priscilla, 78.

She added, “It’s very bittersweet and I am happy to do that for her. I feel honored to be able to help.”

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The Zola star explained that she’s felt a mix of emotions revisiting the draft that her mother had long been working on. “It’s extremely emotional and also very therapeutic,” the Golden Globe-nominated actress revealed. “It makes me feel very close to her. So it’s kind of, again, bittersweet and difficult, but also really special.”

Riley Keough/instagram Lisa Marie Presley and Riley Keough in January 2023
Riley Keough/instagram Lisa Marie Presley and Riley Keough in January 2023

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Lisa Marie’s memoir was first announced last Thursday, ahead of the one-year anniversary of her death. A press release revealed that the book, which is currently untitled, will be published by Random House and is due to hit shelves on Oct. 15.

The performer is said to act as a collaborator on the project, which the singer had previously asked for her help with. Following her death, the Under the Silver Lake star began listening to all of the tapes her mother had recorded in an effort to tell her story.

“Few people had the opportunity to know who my mom really was, other than being Elvis’s daughter,” the actress/filmmaker said in a statement. “I was lucky to have had that opportunity and working on preparing her autobiography for publication has been a privilege, albeit a bittersweet one.”

The Emmy-nominated talent continued, “I’m so excited to share my mom now, at her most vulnerable and most honest, and in doing so, I do hope that readers come to love my mom as much as I did.”

<p>Eric Charbonneau/Getty</p> Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and Riley Keough in Los Angeles in May 2015

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Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and Riley Keough in Los Angeles in May 2015

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In the memoir, the late singer-songwriter is said to reflect upon her childhood spent at Graceland, her relationship with her parents, her marriages to stars Nicolas Cage and Michael Jackson and the loss of her son, Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide in 2020, among other stories.

Keough opened up about finishing her mother’s memoir shortly after she reflected on the recent anniversary of her death.

On Friday, she paid tribute to Lisa Marie by sharing a sweet, throwback photo of the two together on Instagram. In the shot, an elementary-aged Keough smiled while sitting next to her mom, and she left a simple “❤️” in the caption. 

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