From June 1956 to November 1960, Elvis Presley had a secretary by the name of Trude Forsher. She was from Vienna and had narrowly escaped persecution by the Nazi regime in 1939. Jean and Julian Aberbach were distant relatives, also from Vienna, who had established themselves in the USA as music producers specializing in country & western music. Many of the composers of songs performed by Elvis were under contract with Hill & Range Songs. Trude Forsher landed a job that made her the envy of the country’s teenagers. She belonged to Elvis’s inner circle and accompanied his career during film shootings in Hollywood. After Elvis, she became socially active and received numerous honors. Her son James Forsher has made her entire estate available to the Jewish Museum Vienna, including many unique items from the early glamor days of American show business. Some of Kurt Langbein’s documentary about Trude Forsher, which is currently in production, will also be seen in the exhibition.
Curator: Marcus G. Patka
When: April 5, 2017 to October 29, 2017
Posted in Museum Dorotheergasse