Can Elvis Presley’s part-Jewish granddaughter redeem his legacy?

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, died from cardiac arrest on January 12, with speculations that her opioid use and sudden weight loss contributed to her death. Just two months later, “Daisy and the Six” starring Lisa Marie’s stunning daughter, Riley Keough, 33, premiered on Amazon Prime. Right after posting tribute pictures of her and her mother on Instagram, Keough blitzed her account with images of herself as the hippie-ish “Daisy.” The authentic 70s vibe made me wonder if “Daisy and the Six” really existed. The casting of Elvis’ granddaughter was just one more reason for music lovers like me to watch the series—and get hooked.

The show, which now boasts a cult following, especially among GenZ’ers, is set up as a documentary meant to figure out why the (fictional) band disbanded after conquering stadiums nationwide in the 70s. The talented, beautiful Daisy and charismatic frontman Billy Dunne fall for and against each other as Billy struggles to stay loyal to sobriety and to his beautiful, dedicated wife. “Daisy” emerges as a multi-layered story about intergenerational healing, the temptation of adultery, the risk of “sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” in derailing family life, and the redemptive power of parenthood—all themes that should speak to where Keough is at today.

“Daisy” came off the heels of the acclaimed biopic of Keough’s saba, Elvis, focusing on the treachery of Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks). Lisa Marie died two days after appearing on the Golden Globes red carpet with Austin Butler (who snagged the award for playing her dad), looking gaunt and disoriented. In contrast, at the premiere of “Daisy and the Six”, Keough looked radiant and healthy–a spitting image of her mother, with clear traces of her grandfather’s chiseled good looks.

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