On this date in 1975 Barbra Streisand offers Elvis the lead role in her upcoming film A Star Is Born Elvis is interested but at the advice of his manager he demands too much money and top billing so Kris Kristofferson is chosen for the role instead.
Kris Kristofferson, a legendary American singer, songwriter, and actor, passed away on March 27, 2023 at the age of 86 at his home in Maui, Hawaii.
Born in Brownsville, Texas, in 1936, Kristofferson graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1958 and served in the United States Army as a helicopter pilot before beginning his career in music. In the 1960s, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he became a prolific country songwriter, penning hits for such artists as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Janis Joplin.
In 1970, Kristofferson released his first solo album, “Kristofferson,” which included songs like “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” His songs, with their heartbreaking and confessional style, resonated with audiences and became anthems of the hippie era.
In addition to his work in music, Kristofferson also had a successful film career, appearing in such films as “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Blade Runner,” and “A Star Is Born.” His performance in the latter film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in 1977.
Throughout his career, Kristofferson received numerous awards and honors for his work in music and film, including a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. His legacy will live on as one of music’s great poets and a cultural icon of your time. Rest in peace, Kris Kristofferson.