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Friday, 16 August, 2002, 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK
Teenager who became Elvis film star
Annette Day and Elvis Pressley
Annette Day and Elvis starred in the 1966 film
The only English actress to co-star in a film with Elvis Presley has spoken exclusively to the BBC on the 25th anniversary of his death.

Annette Day, of Telford, Shropshire, was 17 when she starred opposite Elvis in the 1966 film Double Take.

Mrs Day was working on a market stall at Portobello Road in London when she was spotted by an American producer and flown to the Hollywood to star in the movie.

During the filming Elvis bought her a white Mustang car.

Annette Day
Annette Day was given a Mustang car

Mrs Day played Jill Conway, a rich heiress who follows Elvis around Europe in the film - which was shot in Hollywood.

It was the only film that Mrs Day made, but she has fond memories of the movie.

She recalls when the US producer offered her the chance to go to Hollywood.

"You either take your chance or you don't. I thought, yes, I am going to do that," she told the BBC.

Mrs Day had no acting experience apart from taking part in plays at school and so was nervous on the first day of filming.

Elvis in a still from the film
Elvis helped Annette Day with her acting

"I thought 'My goodness, what have I let myself in for here', but he (Elvis) had tremendous patience with me," she said.

"He very kindly took me through it. He said 'It's no problem, just take it easy'."

One day Elvis told her to close her eyes and then presented her with a white Mustang.

"He said 'You must not look.'

"I said 'OK' and I trundled around.

"He said: 'OK, you can look now.'

"And I said: 'Yeah.' He said 'It's yours' and he handed me the keys," she said.

Mrs Day, who likes to remain out of the limelight, now works for a safe-making firm and is married with two children.


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