Jon: Searching for “Grey Gardens”…


A couple of months ago I saw the amazing 1975 documentary “Grey Gardens” for the first time. If you haven’t seen it yet (which you probably have since you are gay and/or interesting), it is a film that studies the later years of Edith Bouvier Beale, Jackie Onassis’s cousin. Edith grew up as an east coast  socialite, and in the 30’s and 40’s was considered the “it” girl of New York (insert obligitory Paris Hilton reference here). She was wealthy, beautiful, and repected.

Then in the 50’s the shit hit the fan.

Edith moved in with her aging mother’s at her estate, Grey Gardens. Apparently, Edith’s brother robbed her mother of their inheritance (somehow), and she was now living on $300 a month in social security. Edith and her mother live off this small amount of money, as the luxurious estate and lifestyle surrounding them crumbles. Edith becomes more and more eccentric and paranoid as the years roll on. By the time the documentary is filmed about them in the mid 70’s, the two have created their own isolated and bizarre world.

Here is an example of Edith’s classic/crazy storytelling style:

I wanted to learn more about this film and these people, so I decided to do another one of my “searching for” projects…


Searching For Grey Gardens

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Before and After


The Truth


Grey Garden’s Jewelry Collection

Recently, the wife of Edith’s nephew (I assume this would be the son of the man that robbed her of her inheritance) started an online vintage jewelry store called Grey Garden’s Collections. Basically, the self proclaimed “world traveler and treasure hunter”, sells cheap vintage costume jewelry for extremely inflated prices by exploiting her famous Aunt’s life story. The brooch to the right is $100. Trust me, you can get the exact same thing on Ebay for about a fifth of that price.

 I can’t help but ponder the fact that this enterprise didn’t begin until a couple of year’s after  Edith passed away… Would she have allowed her image to be used in such a venture?


Drew Barrymore is Edith Bouvier Beale…

It’s not just Edith’s family members that are cashing in on her persona after her death. It turns out that Hollywood is churning out a biopic about her life starring none other than Drew Barrymore.

I have a hard time imagining so-so actress Barrymore being able to pull off Edith’s thick accent, especially considering that her voice is kind of fucked up sounding to begin with…

I wonder how the recently deseased Edith would have felt about this. Footage of her puts forth in her an interesting duality as a woman who craved being the center of attention but who also rebelled against the mainstream status quo of her time.

Though clearly less exploitative than the jewelry line based on her life, this seems like another project the Edith would have been opposed to. There is already a film about her life, and the story comes directly from the mouth of the woman who lived it.


Grey Gardens + Madonna = Gayest thing EVER!

Now that’s what I call faggy.


Grey Garden’s: The Next Big Fashion Trend???

“As much as Edie serves a cautionary tale of time lost and missed opportunities, she is also a fashion revelation! Her way of turning sweaters into turban and skirts (pictured on Ebersole) was all over the fall runways (like Vera Wang). “Teen Vogue


5 Responses to “Jon: Searching for “Grey Gardens”…”

  1. 1 Kyle
    April 12, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Grey Gardens is one of my favorite movies ever!!! I saw the musical version on Broadway last year and it was just as good as the movie. I’m a bit frightened of this new version that they are coming out with…I just hope it doesn’t ruin it for those who haven’t seen the original documentary!

  2. 2 EM
    April 13, 2008 at 9:54 am

    yeah, I think Renee Zellweger would have done a great job as Eddie.

    OH EDDIE!!!

  3. April 15, 2008 at 5:34 am

    i love grey gardens so so much

  4. April 21, 2009 at 5:35 am

    I was told right after filming of the HBO film wrapped up in the fall of 2007, that I would be blown away at the last scene, where Edie sings Tea For Two at Reno Sweeny, and I was ! I had supplied the film company with the only recording in existence of Edie singing the tune, only this wasn’t from her actual performance at the club, but rather her singing it just for me at one of my many visits to Grey Gardens. Drew sang it exactly, phrase for phrase as I have it on tape. Edie and I actually met that night at Reno Sweeny, and my relationship with Grey Gardens has now spanned over 3 decades. For our complete review, check out our blog at MyGreyGardens.com (HBO film review by Robb Brawn & Lee Arboreen), and be sure to check our Youtube video uploaded 4/18/09 the same day as the HBO film release. Click
    GREY GARDENS PROMO to view the video

  5. August 1, 2009 at 9:03 am

    You can see wonderful rare photos of Little Edie in 1979 before she left GreY gardens. These photos are rare. I am the photographer!go to islandbreezearts.com

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