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
Did You Know?
In the film, it appears as though Lois Wright
only gave a box to Edith Bouvier Beale
for her birthday. However, she also gave Edith the sign that reads, "The Great Singer, Big Edith Bouvier Beale". See more
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale
What're you doing down there? You staying there?
Referenced in White Collar: Empire City
Tea for Two
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Sung by Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale See more