VIPs AND CELEBRITIES
MINDI MILLER – By the age of 12 Mindi was performing in childrens’ theatre, and at 13, she started teen modeling and entering beauty pageants. By age 16, she was teaching fashion and runway and photographic modeling to those twice as old as she. With a love of the arts she continued in the theatre and began singing and dancing in recitals in her school plays, and then branching out professionally once she graduated high school. In 1975 Mindi met Elvis Presley. What ensued was a relationship which can only be described as life changing in every way. He asked her to stay and be his girlfriend and travel and go on tour with him. – She dated him on and off over a period of the next two years, 1975 and 1976, and attended his funeral at Graceland. She currently speaks all around the world in radio interviews and Elvis events about the spirituality and generosity of this most talented and iconoclastic man and entertainer.
DAVE HEBLER – Dave Hebler is an internationally recognized author, martial arts/self-defense instructor, lecturer and author. One of the true pioneers of Kenpo Karate, Dave began his martial arts journey under the late Senior Grandmaster and Founder of American Kenpo Karate, Ed Parker in 1959. For a number of years, Dave was Elvis Presley’s personal bodyguard. As an integral part of Elvis’ personal and professional life, Dave’s primary responsibility was the personal safety of Elvis at home as well as at recording sessions, personal appearances, concert tours and various recreations. Dave has traveled the world as a speaker and self-defense instructor, giving lectures and teaching workshops on self-defense, particularly as it pertains to women and children.
TANYIA LEMANI GEORGE – Tanya Lemani performed on stage, movies and television with such stars as Elvis, Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Rod Taylor, William Shatner and many more. She came from very humble beginnings. Of Russian background, her parents escaped to Iran from the horror of communism only to escape a second time during political upheaval in Iran to the USA when Tanya was 12 years old. Tanya was a determined young woman who followed her dreams of a classical ballet dancer and become an actress like her childhood hero, Betty Davis. Her first break came at the age of sixteen, not as a ballet dancer, but in a belly dance show at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. This fast-paced life would take her all over the world as well as keep her very busy in Hollywood and as a headliner in the rat-pack era of Las Vegas. Tanya also worked at the International Hotel during Elvis’ appearances where they built on a friendship started during her appearance in Elvis ’68 Comeback Special. She had many special guest appearances on the top television shows of the era including McHale’s Navy, I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart, It Takes a Thief, Star Trek, The Flying Nun, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Hart to Hart, Law and Order, Capitol plus many others. Tanya is an accomplished author. In her latest book “Have Belly Will Travel”, an Autobiography, she writes of the hardships of Hollywood and triumphs in her life. She is a screenwriter as well and is presently promoting three of her film projects, “Guardian Devil”, “Pushkin’s Honor” and “Kira’s Diary”.
CYNTHIA PEPPER – Elvis’ costar in “Kissin’ Cousins,” Cynthia remembers the experience as the highlight of her career. “Getting to know Elvis was an experience I will never forget.” Starting with a TV career with roles in various popular shows of the time. Baby boomer fans still hold a strong, sentimental fondness for her. An irresistible Barbie Doll TV version of Sandra Dee at the time of her brief small screen reign, the pert, pretty and pixieish actress proved to be a lovely fresh-faced by-product of the innocent early 60s.