The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)


The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)

Mother and daughter - Big Edie and Little Edie Beale - live with six cats in a crumbling house in East Hampton. Little Edie, in her 50s, who wears scarves and bright colors, sings, mugs for the camera, and talks to Al and David Maysles, the filmmakers. Big Edie, in her 70s, recites poetry, comments on her daughter's behavior, and sings "If I Loved You" in fine voice. She talks in short sentences; her daughter in volumes. The film is episodic: friends visit, there's a small fire in the house, Little Edie goes to the shore and swims. She talks about the Catholic Church. She's ashamed that local authorities raided the house because of all the cats. She values being different.
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Director Albert Maysles
Director David Maysles
Release Date2006-07-20
Runtime1h 31min
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
CompanyMaysles Films
David Maysles
David Maysles
Selfas Self
Jerry Torre
Jerry Torre
Selfas Self
Lois Wright
Lois Wright
Selfas Self

The Beales of Grey Gardens

The Beales of Grey Gardens is a documentary film by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Ian Markiewicz, released in 2006.


This film is a follow-up to the celebrated 1975 documentary Grey Gardens about Jackie Kennedy's aunt and cousin, "Big" Edie and "Little" Edie Beale. This film is composed entirely of footage not used in the original documentary that was shot at the Beale estate in East Hampton.


The Beales of Grey Gardens gives greater insight into the simultaneously contentious and loving relationship between the mother and daughter, as well as their relationship with the young caretaker, Jerry, their multitude of cats, and Lois Wright, a friend who briefly appeared in Grey Gardens at the celebration of "Big" Edie's birthday.

It includes a dramatic scene of a small fire in the second floor hallway of the mansion, which explains the large hole in the wall shown in the first film.

In an interview filmed on the front porch, "Little" Edie claims that a newspaper in East Hampton claimed that she had schizophrenia, which she denied, saying "No Beales are schizophrenic!"

Several scenes depict "Little" Edie discussing her relationship with her father, which she described as difficult; the importance of the Catholic Church in her life; the Republican Party; the renovations done to the mansion following the raid; the title of the original documentary; and the loss of several boyfriends in World War II.

"Little" Edie revealed that she had not been invited to the wedding of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953.

Also revealed is that "Big" Edie liked "Little" Edie to change costumes ten times a day. This explains "Little" Edie's constantly changing wardrobe in the original Grey Gardens.


  • "You Oughta Be in Pictures"
  • "Lorraine Lorraine Lorree"
  • "V.M.I. March"
  • "I Dream Too Much"
  • "Spring Will Be a Little Late"
  • "Around the World"
  • "Should I Be Sweet?"
  • "Don't Ever Leave Me"
  • "If I Loved You"