The unknown story of the lives of ‘Big Edie’ and ‘Little Edie’ Bouvier Beale was brought to the limelight through a documentary by Maysles brothers.
Text: Yiota Dendrinou
Back in 1975, the story of two reclusive socialites, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (1895-1977), aka ‘Big Edie’, and Edith Bouvier Beale (1917-2002), aka ‘Little Edie’ that has shocked the whole American nation, was documented in film by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer.
The two women were aunt and first cousin of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and in the early 1970s a scandal about the way they were living in a derelict home in East Hampton, without water supplies and among raccoons and other animals, has burst out. Jackie and her sister Lee Radziwill gave the necessary funds, so as the home will be habitable again.
But something unique exists in this decadence that mother and daughter were living in. Be it their aristocratic descent, their strong personalities and talents or the way ‘Little Edie’ was matching her clothes, this documentary transfers you into another dimension and gives you another perspective about life. Certainly, a worth-seeing film on Fashion on Screen!
Trivia: A 2009 version of Grey Gardens, starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, won Primetime Emmys and Golden Globes and a full-length musical adaptation was played on Broadway.
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