Grey Gardens (Movie) 2009
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  • Grey Gardens is a 2009 (made for television I think) movie about the two stars of a 1970s documentary of the same name - 'Big' Edie and 'Little' Edie Bouvier Beale
  • I enjoyed this film immensely, it is a charming yet realistic portrait of the lives of these women and poignant too in showing their love and interdependency despite certain resentments

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      Grey Gardens is a 2009 (made for television I think) movie about the two stars of a 1970s documentary of the same name - ‘Big’ Edie and ‘Little’ Edie Bouvier Beale. This eccentric mother and daughter team was the aunt and cousin respectively of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, the widow of the late President Kennedy.

      They achieved fame when their dilapidated squalid mansion in The Hamptons, New York, received attention from the local authorities as it constituted a health hazard and the press attention that followed.

      The two Edies are played exceptionally well by Jessica Lange as the mother,


      still very beautiful (like the real Edie) even under the prosthetic make up to age her face and Drew Barrymore who I think captures the essence of Little Edie marvellously to represent her as the endearing woman she was in real life.

      I have seen the original documentary which was filmed after Jackie O.

      had helped them clean up their mansion to avoid further newspaper stories about how she does not share her wealth with her family.

      The real Edies are fascinating eccentrics, living amidst filth but still in a fantasy world of the song and dance numbers of their youth.

      ...


      • Lange and Barrymore play the parts so well that I found them really moving and I think they did the Edies justice.

        As well as very accurately reproducing scenes from the documentary, this film keeps showing us flashbacks of these beauties in their heyday and shows how they were let down by the men in their lives and how they came to live as they did.

        It also depicts what the initial meeting between them and Jackie O.

        might have been like when she went to visit them after the newspapers broke the story.

        I loved to

        see Drew Barrymore dancing about in those stylish outfits that Edie used to create, with headscarves to hide her alopecia and skirts used as capes for example.

        Little Edie did go on to become a fashion icon in case you did not know - there are not many people who can twist a tea towel around their head and fasten it with a brooch who could pull off such a look.

        I enjoyed this film immensely, it is a charming yet realistic portrait of the lives of these women and poignant too in showing their love and interdependency despite certain resentments.

        Recommended!




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