Instantly smitten, he began dating the stunning teen; the couple kept in touch after he returned home, with Beaulieu occasionally visiting her beau in the USA.In 1963, she moved there for good — under strict conditions put forward by her parents, who expected that Elvis would ultimately marry her.before a neuromuscular disease ended his acting career in his 30s, has died. Smith, who went on to manage the career of Ann-Margret, his wife of 50 years, died Sunday at Sherman Oaks Hospital, a representative for the actress told , Smith portrayed Jeff Spencer, one-half of a breezy detective pair who solved crimes and chased women while working out of their ultra-hip offices on the Sunset Strip. (The real-life Hollywood nightclub, owned by Dean Martin, served as the actual backdrop in the show.) From its jazzy, finger-snapping theme by Mack David and Jerry Livingston to the teen idol popularity of Byrnes' character, captured the cultural zeitgeist of the era during its six-season run from 1958-64. Also lending a hand in the adventures was Kookie (Edd Byrnes), who parked cars next door at Dino's Lodge.
They welcomed their only child, Lisa Marie, the following year. In her 1985 memoir, Elvis and Me, Priscilla suggested that her husband's sexual interest in her waned once she became a mother, and confessed that she eventually sought consolation in an affair with a karate instructor, Mike Stone.From 1958 to 1963, he co-starred with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. It made stars of both men and a teen heartthrob out of Edd Byrnes, who played a colorful parking lot attendant named Kookie."77 Sunset Strip" had been created by producer-writer Roy Huggins, who also created "Maverick," and it spawned a host of spinoffs and knockoffs, including "Hawaiian Eye," ''Surfside 6" and "Bourbon Street Beat."Smith told the Los Angeles Times that the series aimed to show that private investigators were well-trained, serious men, and not the movie and TV stereotype with "dangling cigarettes and large chips on their shoulders." He was chosen for the part because "I don't look like a detective."But the show had its glamorous side, too.In its Encyclopedia of Television, the Museum of Broadcast Communications said the show revived the crime drama and became "the epicenter of hipness on television, a sun-drenched world of cocktails, cool jazz and convertibles."Then Smith was hospitalized after falling down at home and losing consciousness.The actor launched his career in the 1950s when James Cagney spotted him and recommended him for films.He survived two serious illnesses to have a second career after "77 Sunset Strip" as the manager of his second wife, Ann-Margret.
According to Elaine Dundy, "it was agony for her to leave her child even for a moment with anyone else, to let anyone else touch Elvis." Presley himself said, "My mama never let me out of her sight.