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Suzanna Leigh (1945 – 2017), starred with Elvis Presley in the movie “Paradise, Hawaiian Style.”

by Kirk Fox

Named herself after her godmother Vivien Leigh…

Suzanna Leigh, who co-starred opposite Elvis Presley in the 1966 movie “Paradise, Hawaiian Style,” has died at the age of 72, according to multiple news sources.

Her daughter, actress Natalia Leigh, announced her death in a Facebook post on Monday. 


“My warrior and my heart died at 5:30PM, on her terms, she wrote “It was time for JESUS to take her home. The world will forever be a little less light and magical. And my life has now and will be forever changed. I personally died a little today as she was my everything and I will never be the same.” 

Leigh had been diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer in September, 2016. 

She was born Sandra Smith but later changed her name to Suzanna Leigh in honor of her godmother, movie legend Vivien Leigh. 

Suzanna Leigh told The Independent in 1999, “It was about 15 years after she’d done Gone with the Wind, and she was stunning, beautiful and slender with dark hair. She said she didn’t mind a bit if I used her name.” 

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Her best known role was in the Elvis vehicle “Paradise, Hawaiian Style.” She played Elvis’s love interest Judy Hudson in the film. 

“Elvis and I were both under contract to Hal Wallis, who was known as the star maker,” The Hollywood Reporter said Leigh once recalled. “I remember the day that Hal said that I would be making my next movie with Elvis. I was an incredible fan of his, and then he said you’ll be filming it in Hawaii. Wow. Elvis was a fabulous actor, very underrated by a lot of the conventional theater people.” 

She was a stewardess in the 1965 comedy “Boeing Boeing” and played a heroine in two Hammer horror films, “The Lost Continent” and “Lust for a Vampire.” 

In 1974, she starred in the musical comedy film “Son of Dracula” opposite former Beatle Ringo Starr. 

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