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My Life At Grey Gardens

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Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, known as Big Edie and Little Edie, were the aunt and cousin of former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. They led an unconventional existence in Grey Gardens, a mansion in East Hampton. Their home was surrounded by overgrown gardens, and filled with fleas, cats, raccoons, and old cans and rubbish. In 1976, the release of a documentary film also called 'Grey Gardens' highlighted their unique lives among the East Hampton elite, and introduced the Beales to...
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Overview

Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, known as Big Edie and Little Edie, were the aunt and cousin of former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. They led an unconventional existence in Grey Gardens, a mansion in East Hampton. Their home was surrounded by overgrown gardens, and filled with fleas, cats, raccoons, and old cans and rubbish. In 1976, the release of a documentary film also called 'Grey Gardens' highlighted their unique lives among the East Hampton elite, and introduced the Beales to their cult fan following. In 1975, Lois Wright, a fellow artist and dear friend of the Beales, was invited to live with them in Grey Gardens. Wright kept a journal of her thirteen months with the Beales, and using those logs, has developed this book. 'My Life at Grey Gardens' offers the reader an intimate look at the daily lives of the Beales, and chronicles the events from Lois's arrival at the house through the passing of Big Edith Bouvier Beale in 1977.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977746217
  • Publisher: Lois Wright
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 259,583
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Wonderful memoir of wonderful people...

    Edith Beale and her daughter Edie were the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. They led a very unique and artistic life together in a disheveled home in the East Hamptons; a mansion known as Grey Gardens. This book is written by and from the perspective of Lois Wright, the sole surviving Grey Gardens insider. Wright tells in her journal entries the experiences of the 13 months she spent with the 'Big Edie' and 'Little Edie' Beale. She depicts the odd but loving relationship betweena mother and her daughter, describing the somewhat eccentric behavior and the beauty of their totally unconventional, disconnected existence in Grey Gardens. By reading this book, I learned a whole new way of thinking and a different outlook on the world. Her writings and their lives are something few know of, but most should, and has inspired me to live life on the far side. I loved it. I recommend it as a need to read as well as the documentary film and movie. Drew Barrymore plays a wonderful Little Edie Beale!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2009

    If you are a fan of the original Grey Gardens documentaries or of the new HBO film, this book is a must!

    This book is an absolute must for fans of the original documentaries or of the HBO film. Lois Wright fills in so many of the blanks that left everyone guessing after seeing any of the films. This book even adds to the mystery of how Big and Little Eddie both were able to live as they did especially after living such opposite lives early on. I became as obsessed with the book as I found myself with the films, both leave you wanting to know even more. I would highly recommend this to everyone who has seen and enjoyed the films. I do believe though that to see a film would be a must before reading the book.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

    I knew a similar situation

    I knew a mother daughter in Columbia MO, much the same. I can't even use their first names because they are so unusual anyone who knew them would know right away. The mother once a Kansas City debutante, in the 20's or 30's, or earlier and her very eccentric daughter. The house was so dilapidated, but hanging from every inch of walls were beautiful GOWNS. The mother was very interesting to talk to and very gentle...she wouldn't even kill a bug..in this case a huge spider. Her daughter was dabbling in Morse code even though she was told she could get into trouble. We visited many times, and at one one point the daughter was acquainted with an old man, who she kept a rope tied around so he wouldn't wander off! It sounds like I'm making it up but I'm not. There were even some magazine articles about her, in her glory days. I'm so thankful I got to meet them. When they passed I heard someone came in and took all the gowns...so sad...they sold them off. I plan on renting the movie again, to remind me........

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

    My Life At Grey Gardens

    First I'll say this book is supposed to be a diary type, so I can overlook the typos or errors.,.,otherwise, it's an interesting view into the last years or months of Big Edie's life and gives the reader a little more insight into this strange world we learn of from the HBO Grey Gardens and the two original Maysles documentaries. We must trust the writer, a friend of the Beales, to be telling the truth and if she is the story she writes is sad...but sad like a train wreck...you know you shouldn't watch, but you just can't help it...you do--and you may even enjoy it!

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  • Posted June 10, 2009

    Insightful

    An insightful picture of these two strange women and their very unusual lifestyle. I wish the book covered more details but maybe they weren't available to the author who lived with these women for a period of time. Recommended reading for those of you who like diaries.

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