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?
The house, Grey Gardens, was sold by Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale
in 1979 to Benjamin C. Bradlee
, former editor of the "Washington Post", and Sally Quinn
. The pair completely restored the house (the sale agreement forbids razing the house), but the Bradleys only stay there in the month of August. During the rest of the year, the home is occupied by Frances Hayward. See more
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale
What're you doing down there? You staying there?
Referenced in Ghosts of Grey Gardens
You and the Night and the Music
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Performed by Edith Bouvier Beale See more