Grey Gardens (1975)

PG  |   |  Documentary, Comedy, Drama  |  27 September 1975 (USA)
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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

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Credited cast:
Brooks Hyers ...
Himself - Gardener
Norman Vincent Peale ...
Himself (voice)


The Maysles brothers pay visits to Edith Bouvier Beale, nearing 80, and her daughter Edie. Reclusive, the pair live with cats and raccoons in Grey Gardens, a crumbling mansion in East Hampton. Edith is dry and quick-witted - a singer, married but later separated, a member of high society. Edie is voluble, dresses - as she puts it - for combat in tight ensembles that include scarves wrapped around her head. There are hints that Edie came home 24 years before to be cared for rather than to care for her mother. The women address the camera, talking over each other, moving from the present to events years before. They're odd, with flinty affection for each other. Written by <>

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27 September 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Két nő - egy ház  »

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$13,845 (USA) (6 March 2015)


$30,966 (USA) (13 March 2015)

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Edith Bouvier Beale was the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy's father, John V. "Blackjack" Bouvier. As a child, Jaqueline spent a great deal of time with her aunt and cousin Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale at Grey Gardens and considered "Big Edie" her favorite aunt throughout her lifetime. See more »


[first lines]
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale: What're you doing down there? You staying there?
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Tea for Two
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Sung by Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale
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Grey Gardens was riveting and almost unbelievable!
8 September 1999 | by (Oklahoma City) – See all my reviews

We stumbled upon the documentary, Grey Gardens, last Sunday and got "sucked in" without warning. Everyone who entered the room became transfixed on the television and the haunting images of Edith and Edie who seemed to be living out their lives in practically one room of a large filthy mansion on the beach, eating ice cream and corn on the cob (which was cooked on the bedside table)--and the cat urinating on edith's bed and her unbelievable words, "i thrive on it [the smell]." We had not seen the beginning and wondered what we were watching and how these aristocratic women managed to get in the position they were in. Spellbinding! a must see!!!!

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