Sunday, April 12, 2009

HBO Goes "Gothic" with Grey Gardens

Next Saturday, HBO Films will premier a delicious treat with "Grey Gardens", April 18th at 8pm. Based on the true story of Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, Grey Gardens stars Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. They are perfectly cast to play the mother and daughter socialites who descend into poverty, eccentricity and a major feral cat infestation. could happen to anybody!

Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale was the aunt of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. She was raised in upper crust splendor, married well and harbored a burning desire to be an opera singer. In her final days, she resided within a crumbling East Hampton mansion with her equally addled daughter, in what the genteel are fond of calling, "greatly reduced circumstances". It's that phase of her life, and of course the connection to Jackie O, that makes this story so odd and compelling.

A 1975 documentary about Big and Little Edie (Maysles brothers) has become a cult classic over the years, but never received a broad following. HBO films seeks to remedy that oversight with this latest original effort.

Grey Gardens has everything the Flaming Nose bloggers love in a made-for-television movie; mega-stars, old money and madness. And, of course, lots and lots of cats. Can't wait for next Saturday, this one will be a delight!


Dean Treadway said...

I agree wholeheartedly. Wanna see this BAD! But, alas, I have to wait for DVD. But surely poised to be one of the best things this year.

Jane said...

Maybe they will stream it somewhere online so you can see it before DVD! I'll keep my fingers crossed.


The HBO film, starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lang is certainly a perfect tribute to both the original documentary and these two wonderful woman.
I was told right after filming of the HBO film wrapped up in the fall of 2007, that I would be blown away at the last scene, where Edie sings Tea For Two at Reno Sweeny, and I was ! I had supplied the film company with the only recording in existence of Edie singing the tune, only this wasn't from her actual performance at the club, but rather her singing it just for me at one of my many visits to Grey Gardens, more than 30 years ago. Drew sang it exactly, phrase for phrase as I have it on tape. Edie and I actually met that night at Reno Sweeny, and my relationship with Grey Gardens has now spanned over 3 decades. For our complete review, check out our blog at (HBO film review by Robb Brawn & Lee Arboreen), and be sure to check our Youtube video uploaded 4/18/09 the same day as the HBO film release. Click
GREY GARDENS PROMO to view the video

Jane said...

Thank you so much for leaving this fascinating comment MyGreyGardens! We love it when we hear from the folks that actually have something to do with the content we're writing about. Bravo!