A sad but compelling story. Unfortunately, the rental price is just a bit too steep for my pocketbook. Copyright © 2020 Hooked on Houses Hosted on WP Engine | Built on the Genesis Framework Site Design by 3200 Creative, Giving an Old House in South Orange a Fresh Start, Daydreaming: A Hawaiian Sugar Plantation House, went on the market and sold for $15.5 million, A New House Built to Look Like Grey Gardens, Renovating a Waterfront Victorian Cottage in Massachusetts, The House from “The Man Without a Face” in Maine, The Inspiration for Twelve Oaks in “Gone with the Wind” For Sale. [3], Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer also directed, and Susan Froemke was the associate producer.

[31], The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers (2009) featured a joke by comic impressionist Mario Cantone that Joan and her daughter Melissa starred together in a TV movie titled Grey Gardens. The two women lived together at the Grey Gardens estate for decades with limited funds in increasing squalor and isolation. [23], Grey Gardens, an HBO film, stars Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as the Edies, with Jeanne Tripplehorn as Jacqueline Kennedy, and Daniel Baldwin as Julius Krug.

Uh-oh. I have certainly gotten my house fix today! Grey Gardens is a 1975 American documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. I guess it’s nice to know she’s happy though lol, I thought the same thing, Rue. So does that mean that its 5k/mo from Labor Day to Memorial Day? This is an interesting story, and one that I’m not familiar with. We all saw the movies – the original documentary and the one with Drew Barrymore – and read the book. I wish I had copious amounts of disposable income to be able to rent this for the summer. The home was fully restored, the gorgeous gardens were brought back to life, and a swimming pool was added. I can’t say I would want a sofa in my kitchen at all.

I was so overwhelmed and in such a state of agitation that I actually started smoking again. . Here is another interesting story about the house: What a charming house. Beautiful old home! The couple subsequently restored the house and grounds. What are you secretly French Canadian? She and her late husband Ben Bradlee bought Grey Gardens in 1979 for $220,000. Phelan and Edith Beale bought the home in the 1920’s.

. In the June 2003 issue of  Town and Country, Sally Quinn says that her real estate agent initially tried to discourage her from buying the home; however, Little Edie was the ultimate salesman declaring, “All it needs is a coat of paint!”, Quinn further noted, “I told Edie that she could either leave the house ‘broom clean’ (ha!) I also looked again at the pictures of the kitchen, and found the stove! It’s like, the bad news is that a dead person is watching what you’re doing to her house. It must have a downdraft vent, since it’s in front of a window. Sally did a fantastic job of it. Starring Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson, the show premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in February 2006. “The soft gray of the dunes, cement walls, and sea mists gave us our color scheme as well as our name.”, In 1972, the squalid living conditions of the Beale women were exposed to national and international media in articles printed in publications such as National Enquirer and TV Radio Mirror. Regarding having cozy furniture in the kitchen….my uncle and aunt inherited the family farm after my uncle’s mom passed away a few years ago. [33][34], In the Season 5 episode "Mrs. Donaghy" on NBC's 30 Rock, Tina Fey's character Liz Lemon does an impersonation of Little Edie. How perfect! [27], Rufus Wainwright's song "Grey Gardens" appears on his 2001 album Poses.
Wow! [21] The Broadway production closed on July 29, 2007. [36], In 2015, the IFC series Documentary Now! In 2017, episode 22 of season 8 of the television show Modern Family, features a bicyclist calling Claire Dunphy "Grey Gardens" as she exits a vintage Rolls Royce. The house was made famous by a documentary (Amazon affiliate link) that described its former owners as “Big and Little Edie Beale — high-society dropouts, mother and daughter, reclusive cousins of Jackie O.

Edie was distraught when she found that most of the prospective buyers wanted nothing more than to demolish the home and build a brand new one on the beachfront lot; never one to waiver, Little Edie refused to sell the home to anyone that did not promise to restore the mansion to its former glory. She later explains: "I was doing Drew Barrymore's impression of that crazy lady. Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Hill bought the home in 1913 as a summer cottage. featured a Grey Gardens parody called "Sandy Passage." The gardens surrounding the property have also been remodelled. .

BFA. Just lovely. AOL Real Estate reports: “Quinn and Bradlee spent Augusts at the beach house. I think I’ve watched the Drew/Jessica movie version about 4 or 5 times. Lovely post Julia. Anyone else would have probably just bought it for the land. After watching Grey Gardens, it’s wonderful to see it brought back to its original beauty. It originally stood on 4 acres. I’m curious to know why, if the Eadie’s couldn’t afford to maintain the home, they didn’t sell earlier, before it became so dilapidated. Fashion designer Liz Lange is the current owner of Grey Gardens, and has extensively remodelled the house, including creating a basement in the existing crawlspace, which involved lifting the house on stilts. Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer received co-directing credit for their editing work. At the time everyone thought it was odd.

[20] The production won a Tony Award for Best Costume Design, and Ebersole and Wilson each won Tony Awards for their performances. The Quinns also restored the gardens which had, no surprise, a grey theme. Note: There are Amazon affiliate links in this post that may earn me commission. This is one of those houses that I “fell down the rabbit hole” with and was fascinated to learn about. Potting House & Shop. They just have that touch. Directed and co-written (with Patricia Rozema) by filmmaker Michael Sucsy, filming began on October 22, 2007, in Toronto.
[22] It was the first musical on Broadway ever to be adapted from a documentary. With the walls and gorgeous wooden arbors in place, she then designed the garden with assistance from her landscape architect, Ruth Dean. It’s great to see that the home was able to be returned to it’s former glory rather than being torn down. Sad to see everything painted..,including the wicker! The Grey Gardens main house, which was in severe disrepair while the Beales lived there, was most recently owned by author Sally Quinn and her …

I think it’s pretty neat that so much hasn’t changed since the 1984 Architectural Digest… that speaks to choosing classics and then using accent pieces to make it updated. Quinn said, “My goal was to have anyone who entered the house feel good.”, “I talked to Big Edie the other day. I sent her a link to your post and let her know she was ahead of her time . [37], In part 3 of Bravo's Season 6 The Real Housewives of New York reunion episode, host Andy Cohen suggests to cast member Sonja Morgan "...you have a little Grey Gardens in you". Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (1895–1977), known as "Big Edie", and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (1917–2002), known as "Little Edie", were the aunt and the first cousin, respectively, of former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I am in LOVE with the 2nd floor landing area. The home has been restored with great attention to detail and still maintains the architectural integrity of the original home. Ben Bradlee, the former executive editor of The Washington Post, and his wife, the writer Sally Quinn, made that promise and bought Grey Gardens from Little Edie in 1979. It originally stood on 4 acres. Julia, this is, without a doubt, my favorite post of any I’ve read on your blog. By Sam Dangremond. The two women lived together at the Grey Gardens estate for decades with limited funds in increasing squalor and isolation. Categories Famous Houses, Hamptons, Real Estate. My, oh, my…thank you! Their direct cinema technique left the women to tell their own stories. Throughout the fall of 1971 and into 1972, their living conditions—their house was infested by fleas, inhabited by numerous cats and raccoons, deprived of running water, and filled with garbage and decay—were exposed as the result of an article in the National Enquirer and a cover story in New York Magazine[10] after a series of inspections (which the Beales called "raids") by the Suffolk County Health Department.

[4], In 2010, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It included a new feature titled The Beales of Grey Gardens, which also received a limited theatrical release.

It does the heart good to see that wreck find another life. I think I could live happily in a small cottage like Sweetpea most of the time. [19] The musical re-opened on Broadway in November 2006 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, and was included in more than 25 "Best of 2006" lists in newspapers and magazines. [26], In 2008, "Little Edie & The Marble Faun" premiered as part of the Metropolitan Playhouse's Annual Author Festival. It looks especially cozy for winter, doesn’t it? My wife and I attended a cocktail party at Grey Gardens in 2007. It really is so much more practical. [7], Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (1895–1977), known as "Big Edie", and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (1917–2002), known as "Little Edie", were the aunt and the first cousin, respectively, of former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Thank you for the story on Grey Gardens! The shingle-style home was designed by Arts and Crafts architect Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe in 1897.

It’s a tad eery that Big Edie “spoke” to the neighbor. But discovering all these extraordinary objects made the whole prospect of renovating and decorating so easy.”. I love hearing from kindred spirits like you. This house is totally my personal style – love shingle style, love the eclectic decor, the roses, soft colors, the gardens, the little playhouse, the walled secret garden. #1, as you said, I need a table, and #2, there’s so much grease and splatter in a kitchen… it just seems like a recipe for disaster (all puns intended). Inflation is an incredible thing….what was the cost of the house in 1979 is now the cost of a 2 month summer rental! The descriptions of what it was like when the Beales were living there are pretty horrifying. I just can’t get behind putting couches in the kitchen for 2 reasons. Edith Beale and her husband Phelan bought the house in the 1920s, but he took off in 1934, leaving her without the means to maintain the property. The episode was written by Seth Meyers and stars Bill Hader and Fred Armisen as "Little Vivvy" and "Big Vivvy" respectively.

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