Vanity Fair: The Elvis Kiss Mystery—Solved!

August 8, 2011 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography

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The Elvis Kiss Mystery—Solved!

In the summer of 1956, a 21-year-old Elvis Presley, already inciting libidinous mayhem from Kansas City to Jacksonville, impishly touched tongues with a young woman in Richmond, Virginia. Photographer Alfred Wertheimer snapped the shutter just at the moment of contact. The result: "The Kiss," one of the most storied photos in Elvis lore and "the sexiest picture ever taken in the whole world," according to Diane Keaton, who owns a print. Yet for five decades, no one, not even Wertheimer, knew the identity of Presley's date—until now.

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