Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Grey Gardens

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I like documentaries. I was the kid that watched Biography when I was about 12. I also use to listen to Ken Burn's The Civil War with my Dad on cassette tape. This past weekend I found a gem on Netflix. Grey Gardens! I'm sure this isn't news to some of you, but to me it was quite the find!  Here's the gist of it from Wikipedia:
Grey Gardens is a 1975 documentary film by Albert and David Maysles, with Susan Froemke, Ellen Hovde, and Muffie Meyer. The film depicts the everyday lives of the two Edith Beales, a reclusive socialite mother and daughter of the same name who lived at Grey Gardens, a decrepit mansion at 3 West End Road in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton, New York.

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Long before A&E made the show Hoarders, there were Big & Little Edie. This story might not be so tinged with missed opportunity if the Beales weren't Bouvier Women. That's right, relatives to Mrs. Kennedy herself. "Big Edie" was Jackie Kennedy's Aunt and "Little Edie" was her cousin. I'm not on the hunt for any information about these women I can get. I'm completely and utterly intrigued.

Head on over to for more info. If you have Netflix- watch the documentary (there is another movie about them starring Drew Barrymore, I haven't watched it yet).

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