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Grey Gardens -- A touching documentary portrait of the Beales -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' eccentric aunt and cousin

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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale ... Herself

Edith Bouvier Beale ... Herself
Brooks Hyers ... Himself - Gardener
Norman Vincent Peale ... Himself (voice)
Jack Helmuth ... Himself - Birthday Guest (uncredited)

Albert Maysles ... Himself (uncredited)
David Maysles ... Himself (uncredited)
Jerry Torre ... Himself - Handyman (uncredited)
Lois Wright ... Herself - Birthday Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Ellen Hovde 
Albert Maysles 
David Maysles 
Muffie Meyer 
 
Produced by
Susan Froemke .... associate producer
Albert Maysles .... producer (as The Maysles Brothers)
David Maysles .... producer (as The Maysles Brothers)
 
Cinematography by
Albert Maysles 
David Maysles 
 
Film Editing by
Susan Froemke 
Ellen Hovde 
Muffie Meyer 
 
Sound Department
Lee Dichter .... sound mixer
 
Editorial Department
Morris Schlein .... negative timer
 
Thanks
Marianne Barcellona .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Peter Beard .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Harry Benson .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Alan Bomser .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Cynthia Castleman .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Pamela Degnan .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Kathryn Demby .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Holly Gill .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Bernard Gotfryd .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
John Jourdan .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Dorothy King .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Donald Klocek .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Akiva Kohane .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Sarah Legon .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Vince Lombardo .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help (as Vincent Lombardo)
Noëlle Penraat .... thanks (as Noelle Penraat)
Vincent Stenerson .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Lois Wright .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Photo Magnetic Studios  sound mixer (as Photo-Mag)
  • EFX  color negative
  • Movielab  thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for thier help (as Charlie-Projecctionist, Movielab)
  • TVC Laboratories  thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for thier help
  • Trans/Audio  thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for thier help
  • Robert Frost Estate, The  for: permission to include lines from THE ROAD NOT TAKEN as spoken.
  • Holt, Rinehart and Winston  copyright: From "The Road Not Taken" from THE POETRY OF ROBERT FROST edited by Edward Connery Lathem. 1916, (C) 1969 by

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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale:What're you doing down there? You staying there?
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You and the Night and the MusicSee more »

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What happened after Grey Gardens was filmed?
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61 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Truth is stranger than fiction..., 3 August 1999
Author: Doug Phillips (janabro@aol.com) from Seattle, Washington

One question that must be asked immediately is: Would this film have been made if the women in it were not the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis?

The answer is: Probably not.

But, thankfully, they are (or were) the cousin and aunt of Jackie.

This documentary by the Maysles brothers on the existence (one could hardly call it a life) of Edith B. Beale, Jr., and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (Edie), has the same appeal of a train wreck -- you don't want to look but you have to.

Big Edith and Little Edie live in a once magnificent mansion in East Hampton, New York, that is slowly decaying around them. The once beautiful gardens are now a jungle.

Magnificent oil painting lean against the wall (with cat feces on the floor behind them) and beautiful portraits of them as young women vie for space on the walls next to covers of old magazines.

Living alone together for many years has broken down many barriers between the two women but erected others.

Clothing is seems to be optional. Edie's favorite costume is a pair of shorts with panty hose pulled up over them and bits and pieces of cloth wrapped and pinned around her torso and head.

As Edith says "Edie is still beautiful at 56." And indeed she is. There are times when she is almost luminescent and both women show the beauty that once was there.

There is a constant undercurrent of sexual tension.

Their eating habits are (to be polite) strange. Ice cream spread on crackers. A dinner party for Edith's birthday of Wonder Bread sandwiches served on fine china with plastic utensils.

Time is irrelevant in their world; as Edie says "I don't have any clocks."

Their relationships with men are oh-so-strange.

Edie feels like Edith thwarted any of her attempts at happiness. She says "If you can't get a man to propose to you, you might as well be dead." To which Edith replies "I'll take a dog any day."

It is obvious that Edith doesn't see her role in Edie's lack of male companionship. Early in the film she states "France fell but Edie didn't.

Sometimes it is difficult to hear exactly what is being said. Both women talk at the same time and constantly contradict each other.

There is a strange relationship with animals throughout the film; Edie feeds the raccoons in the attic with Wonder Bread and cat food. The cats (and there are many of them) are everywhere.

At one point Edie declares "The hallmark of aristocracy is responsibility." But they seem to be unable to take responsibility for themselves.

This is a difficult film to watch but well worth the effort.

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