Grey Gardens | The Maysles Brothers

Grey Gardens

94’ / 1976 Filmed by: Albert and David Maysles
Directed by: David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
Associate producer: Susan Froemke
Editors: Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, Susan Froemke
Producer: The Maysles Brothers, and Portrait Films, Inc.
Grey Gardens is 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". Mrs. Beale, a.k.a. "Big Edie," was a born 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 no one had ever shared until the Maysles arrived with their camera and tape recorder. The film is a bittersweet love story, a record of the powerful and complex relationship between mother and daughter.