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Grey Gardens (TV Movie 2009) Poster

(2009 TV Movie)

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In the original Grey Gardens (1975), David Maysles asked Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale who she would want to portray her mother, Edith Bouvier Beale, if a movie based on Grey Gardens were made. He suggested Ethel Barrymore, Drew Barrymore's great-aunt, who died in 1959.
Little Edie's black bathing suit with yellow flowers is not a reproduction. It's a vintage piece from the same batch as the suit Miss Beal owned. It belongs to a fan of the original documentary, who lent to the film's production crew for the shoot.
As pianist and music teacher George "Gould" Strong, Malcolm Gets's costume includes a diamond ring. It's actually the ring Edith Beale gave Strong in real life. Strong's relatives lent the ring to the film's production crew.
At one point, Phelan Beale calls Gould Strong a "God-damned Ganymede." In Greek mythology, Ganymede was a Trojan prince whom Zeus kidnapped to be his lover. In other words, Phelan called Gould gay.
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In interviews, Drew Barrymore said she stayed very close to Little Edie's character throughout filming, shutting herself off from friends and the outside world.
Drew Barrymore's heavy makeup caused facial allergies.
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In New York, Little Edie lives in the Barbizon Hotel, an apartment building on East 63rd Street for young single women. In one scene, Little Edie sneaks Cap into her room because of the Barbizon's strict ban on male visitors. Parents often choose the Barbizon for their daughters in the city for that reason. Other famous women who lived at the Barbizon while starting out in New York City include Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly, Candice Bergen, and author Sylvia Plath, whose protagonist in 'The Bell Jar' lived in a place much like the Barbizon.
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At the very end of the credits, when the American Humane Society message appears, Drew Barrymore's voice, as Little Edie, says "No animals were harmed in the making of this movie."
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