30 AUGUST 2001

Now that Nicolas Cage’s divorce from Patricia Arquette has been finalised after a year of legal wrangling, the way is clear for a union with Lisa Marie Presley, whose love life is as intriguing as his. The 37-year-old Captain Corelli’s Mandolin star is currently dating the daughter of the legendary rocker, and speculation is rife that they may tie the knot within a couple of months.

Nicolas and Patricia’s relationship was an on-off affair stretching back to 1987. They met in a Los Angeles deli where Cage proposed on the spot. Patricia accepted on the condition that he fulfil certain conditions, including obtaining the autograph of Catcher In The Rye author JD Salinger and tracking down a black orchid.

He cheated, dyeing a purple orchid black, and they married in April 1995. Nine months later they separated. Last February, Nicolas filed for divorce only to have a change of heart and attempt to win Patricia back. But by November the split was final.

Lisa Marie, 33, has a similarly unconventional marital history, having been hitched for two years to eccentric singer Michael Jackson. Last year she announced plans to marry a Hawaiian musician seven years her junior, but by March that union was also off.

Lisa Marie and Nicolas first appeared together at the premiere of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – effectively squashing rumours of a romance between him and Spanish co-star Penelope Cruz – and Elvis’ girl was at the Con Air actor’s side when he was recently inaugurated into Hollywood’s Walk Of Stars.

If the pair do eventually make it down the aisle, it will be a particularly sweet moment for Nicolas, who has made no secret of the fact that he is a huge Elvis fan. Marrying the King’s daughter would bring him even closer to his idol.

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The Captain Corelli's Mandolin star and Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie first went public about their relationship at the premiere of the WWII-romance movie
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Although their relationship was unconventional, Nicolas was bowled over by former wife Patricia Arquette when they met in an LA deli. He proposed on the spot and she accepted - on the condition he complete a number of specified tasks
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Lisa Marie's romantic past has been as turbulent as that of her new beau. Once married to Michael Jackson, she was more recently engaged to a Hawaiian musican seven years her junior, but the relationship came to nothing
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