Media Still Getting Elvis Presley First-Kiss Facts Wrong

If this year’s Oscars are anywhere near as entertaining as a piece on TheWrap today about Documentary Short Subject category attendee Mother Prioress, we’ll be happy campers around about 8:24 p.m. PT Sunday.

Awards season expert Steve Pond fact-checks the topic of Prioress’s oft-repeated Hollywood PR. As actress Dolores Hart, it is said that she previously presented at the 1959 Oscars and was responsible for Elvis Presley‘s first on-screen kiss. Wrong, and… not quite right. Pond notes that the bit about the Elvis kiss was put forth about a decade ago by ABC News’ 20/20 and has been lazily repeated ever since:

It’s uncertain the order in which the kisses were filmed [for 1957’s Loving You], but Elvis kisses Jana Lund about 50 minutes into the film, and Lizabeth Scott half an hour later; it isn’t until the movie’s final scene that he finally locks lips with Hart.

Tonight, as part of the Oscar’s week-long series of special streaming events, you can watch clips and discussion of the Prioress-connected short God is the Bigger Elvis and other 2011 documentary nominees starting at 7:30 p.m. PT. Hosted by none other than current Academy governor Michael Moore.

[Photo of Prioress courtesy AMPAS]

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