Meet a mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, reclusive cousins of Jackie O., managing to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, NY, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot.
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Credited cast:
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale ... Self
Edith Bouvier Beale ... Self
Brooks Hyers Brooks Hyers ... Self - Gardener
Norman Vincent Peale ... Self (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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She was the girl who had everything - Money, good looks and social position. her mother - a classic Bouvier beauty. Now they are living amongst the souvenirs of their lives. In Grey Gardens. This is their story. A love story. Sort of. Hailed as one of the oddest, most beautiful films ever.


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Becca, Betty Gilpin, uses "Grey Gardens" as a verb on Stuber (2019). Stating: "I want to Grey Gardens myself" after breaking up with her boyfriend. See more »


[first lines]
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale: What're you doing down there? You staying there?
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Night and Day
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Edith Bouvier Beale
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Should be a Cult Classic, and kinda is
16 January 2006 | by karalynnnSee all my reviews

Grey Gardens was enthralling and crazy and you just couldn't really look away. It was so strange, and funny and sad and sick and ……….. really no words can describe. The move Grey Gardens is beyond bizarre. I found out about this film reading my Uncle John's Great Big Bathroom Reader, by the Bathroom Reader's Institute and it was well worth the rental and bump to the top of my movie watching queue. This movie is about the nuttiest most eccentric people that may have ever been filmed. One should watch it for their favorite Edie outfits, which I am sure include curtains. When I get old I almost wish to be just like Big Edie, thumbing my nose at normalcy and society.

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27 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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$13,845, 8 March 2015

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