The unbelievable but true story of Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Mother and daughter live in a world of their own behind the towering privets that surround their decaying 28-room East Hampton mansion known as "Grey Gardens," a place so far gone that the local authorities once threatened to evict them for violating building and sanitation codes. Mrs. Beale, a.k.a. "Big Edie," was born an aristocrat, sister of "Black Jack" Bouvier, Jackie O's father. "Little Edie" was an aspiring actress of striking beauty who put her New York life on hold to care for her mother--and never left her side again. Together they descended into a strange life of dependence and eccentricity that none had ever shared until the Maysles Brothers arrived with their camera and tape recorder in hand.So throughout the film, Little Edie fashions all these wonderful, batty outfits with scarves, swimming suits, costume brooches, turbans made from knit sweaters or towels, pantyhose, shabby fur coats, and white leather pumps. Here she is describing the logic of her sartorial choices. Sometimes, when Ellie and I play with the dress-up clothes, I can't resist styling my child a la Edie. And she loves it, the little nut.
(Sadly there were no live raccoons available for these shots.)
You know, should something unfortunate befall my husband, Ellie and I could potentially end up like Little Edie and Big Edie, a couple of lovable weirdos, holed up in a crumbling house, belting show tunes and nagging each another and snacking on ice cream and cat food "pate." Because A) we like show tunes and costumes B) Ellie is a staunch woman and has been know to eat some cat food in her time and C) we potentially have the whole hoarding-and-living-in-squalor thing knocking around in our genes, lying in wait, like a messy DNA time bomb. But thaaaat's a story for another time.
If you know and love Grey Gardens, tell me all about it. Why do you love it? Favorite line? Moment? Revolutionary costume? Also, do you think it qualifies as child abuse to dress my child like this for Halloween? Discuss.