Sunday, April 12, 2009
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. Hey...it 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!