Born Danielle Riley Keough in 1989, her mother, Lisa Marie Presley, met Riley’s future father Danny Keough at a celebrity retreat for Scientologists when she was only 17. Riley was born four years later, and many believe she was raised a Scientologist as well.
Riley Keough landed her first modeling gig with iconic American design label Tommy Hilfiger when she was just 12 years old, but it was her runway debut two years later in Milan for Dolce & Gabbana that really had the media salivating. That same year she appeared on the cover of American Vogue, representing the youngest Presley generation alongside mom Lisa Marie and grandma Priscilla.
The following year, IMG models in Paris signed Riley Keough. She was briefly the face of luxury jewelry designer David Yurman alongside Kate Moss until becoming the face of Dior in a professional relationship that went on for three years. Shortly thereafter she signed with Manhattan agency, Elite Model Management, and at 17 was a huge draw at a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Hollywood.
Riley’s father — to whom she remains very close and who she sees almost every day — is musician Danny Keough, although he and her mother Lisa Marie divorced when Riley was just 5 years old. Not long after that, her mother married pop superstar Michael Jackson in a marriage many believe to be a PR move. According to one British paper, Riley spent some time at a visitor suite at the Neverland Ranch, but often ran off “in tears” whenever Jackson was around.
Following her divorce from the King of Pop, Lisa Marie married Elvis fanatic Nicholas Cage and Riley Keough served as the flower girl, but the marriage lasted less than six months. She was the maid of honor at her mother’s most recent marriage, in 2006, to musician Michael Lockwood.
In June of 2009, Riley Keough started work as an actress in her first film, The Runaways, which stars Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart and tells the story of the all-girl band of the same name from the 1970s featuring Joan Jett and Lita Ford (Keough does not, however, play one of the band members).