31 thoughts on “Little Edie: on Conformity, East Hampton and Grey Gardens

    eduardo basuino

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    They are at peace now!!!

    Alfredo C

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    Big Edie is babbling on in the background

    Seana Howe

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    They must have kept the documentary makers out on this day. Fascinating women! I love it.

    slickjilly

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    Growing up with wealth and losing it all. The circumstances these women found themselves in is kinda sad. I don't think they knew how to cope, or manage in the real world maybe. Who knows what makes people snap. Seems like everyone knows a crazy cat lady. This is just sad to me. It reminds me of people who have their cats declawed… they end up out there without their natural defenses. But really, what is crazy anyway? I see a surplus of cats in my future…………………hahahaha

    vivaloriflamme

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    He became a taxi driver in NYC.

    justine waite

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    Edie was a Icon.With her Turbans and style! I think she was one of the most fascinating women, Very real, and not afraid to be who she was, That is rare today,as it was then also.

    clarissa sharp

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    Sing it, sister.

    xqeenx

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    @MyTeelee I'd say more old money generations fall into these extreme situations. They never lived in the real world and therefore never could adapt.
    New money loss is easier since they are used to working/and reality.
    The problem with older families is that they are too 'proud' to work at real jobs. Poverty and even death is preferred as we can see… pride is powerful.

    xqeenx

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    @2cdmitchell I agree. I love Jackie but… with her money and power she could have given them a much easier life with very little effort. To only partially renovate is so… sad. For a family that was so proud it's amazing how uncaring they were to their own family. Tons of money on all sides, but yet no one could help the Beales out more??? Why? Where is their sense of family loyalty and compassion?

    creolelady182

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    Conformity and the powers that be will make you pay the price if you do not conform.

    Carrie Mitchell

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    Still admire her strength and now question her character. It almost was worse that she only partially renovated – no question if not only out of familial obligation – especially in that era- social status. The home should have been fully restored and maintained indefinitely.
    Wonderful movie – I enjoy finding new tidbits of them and even myself every time I watch.

    Carrie Mitchell

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    I find myself engrossed in this movie – watching it in demand for about the 8th time and catching it while it's on. Only now do I think to you tube the original -always intrigued with this era- my grandparents lived on LI – well Brooklyn at the time and as a child we visited the Hamptons on tbe weekends. These two wonderful eccentric and yes- mentally I'll women ate extraordinary … I'm going to enjoy reading about this- and hearing it all.
    BTW- Jackie O. Always been a hero of mine and while I

    urbanangel13

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    @ritter89 i couldn't disagree more!! funny how two ppl can see the same thing in such a different way…BE separated from her husband to sing & have fun with G not exactly conventional behaviour for the time. as for LE she likes to change costumes/sing & dance & perform…b/c she likes to!!! she doesn't do it to attract a man!! does she flirt with the M bros a little yes & why not?? its all part of the very fabulousness that is LE plus she eventually does leave & goes off in to the world again.

    gregory nace

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    I miss these Ladies, specially Little Edie

    samdon815

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    @sferb I must say that I wonder if these "upper class" propensities are inherited or are they acquired. Is it nature or nurture that compelled the Bouviers to act in the manner that they did. My guess ; a bit of both.

    samdon815

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    @sferb I meant no criticism.

    anapao89

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    @jenjunebug I would never ever get what u got from that story! I strongly agree with you. There's no better story than this, those somebody know where can I find the full documentary?

    frosinone

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    @sezums ..so agree with that..

    ritter89

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    @italiangrl50 Agreed. She never experienced the feminist movement. I sensed that both women were sexually and intellectually repressed, only able to define themselves in relation to men, marriage and convention. Even though they're virtually cut off from society by this point, little Edie still seems very focused on her appearance, constantly weighing herself, talking about her outfits, etc. Never once does she entertain the idea that she could just leave on her own without a man

    MELISSA84008

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    Where is Jerry today?

    sezums

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    It is movie about flowers, the two most beautiful ones called 'edies'

    NJHater

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    i love the story about the chaffeur. Her accent as she tells it an when she pulls away from the window an you can't see her then bang there she is.

    MyTeelee

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    The servant thing only goes so far. They wouldn't be the first people to go from big family money to no money and they don't all end up living in this situation.

    esprit15d

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    That's exactly it. They lived as they had always lived. But with no servants, they could no longer live that way…if they hadn't wanted a clean home.

    JelloFarming

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    I love how she does the whole interview through a screened window.

    MoonstruckDesigns

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    They weren't raised to clean. They had servants for that. But when they went broke they didn't have servants so nothing got cleaned.

    samdon815

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    You must bear in mind that the Bouviers were members of the upper class. Work is anathema to them. Better to live in filth and squalor than to clean up. They remained true to their class.

    KekoaOnorati

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    -"She says she'll have to think it over."
    "-No, I did not!"

    lol

    ra86226

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    ha. trumpet vine is pretty actually, adn yes, I think it will grow just about anywhere once its planted. Controling it is the issue.

    54spiritedwill54

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    Truly an intelligent, insightful and fascinating human.

    nickbigd

    (July 1, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    so it is. this is one of my favorite passages… so full of different metaphors for their lives.

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