History Film / GreyGardens

7th Aug '17 10:28:51 PM ThornBrain
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HBO made a dramatic film about the Beales, also titled ''Grey Gardens'' starring Drew Barrymore and Creator/JessicaLange. A Broadway musical of the same name also opened in 2006, winning a Tony award.

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HBO made a dramatic film about the Beales, also titled ''Grey Gardens'' starring Drew Barrymore and Creator/JessicaLange. A Broadway musical of the same name also opened in 2006, winning a Tony award. \n The documentary was parodied for the first episode of the {{Mockumentary}} GenreAnthology series ''Series/DocumentaryNow''.
5th Aug '17 1:07:38 AM modgethanc
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** Taken UpToEleven in the scene where it is shown they aren't just crazy cat ladies but are crazy *raccoon* ladies as well, as they go up to the attic to feed the feral raccoons that live there.
* CrazyConsumption: The eating habits of both women are very strange (see DogFoodDiet below) and include eating a whole pint of ice cream with a knife, and having corn right out of the pot while in bed. Big Edie is shown cooking on a hot plate on her bedside table

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** Taken UpToEleven in the scene where it is shown they aren't just crazy cat ladies but are crazy *raccoon* ''raccoon'' ladies as well, as they go up to the attic to feed the feral raccoons that live there.
* CrazyConsumption: The eating habits of both women are very strange (see DogFoodDiet below) and include eating a whole pint of ice cream with a knife, and having corn right out of the pot while in bed. Big Edie is shown cooking on a hot plate on her bedside tabletable, which has to be a fire hazard.
5th Aug '17 1:02:40 AM modgethanc
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* BaldWomen: Little Edie, who always wears decorative scarves (sweaters or towels also do in a pinch) on her head.
* BlitheSpirit

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* BaldWomen: Little Edie, who always wears decorative scarves (sweaters or towels also do in a pinch) on her head.
head. (She had the skin disease alopecia totalis, which makes literally all the hair on the body fall out.)
* BlitheSpiritBigFancyHouse: The titular house, of course. Ironically, even though it had 28 rooms, they spent most of their time in just three of them and left the rest filled with crap.
* BlitheSpirit: Little Edie really wants to be this and acts like a free spirit who is there to brighten up her old mother's dull life, but in one memorable OutOfCharacterMoment near the end she becomes somber and confesses that she hates living at Grey Gardens and wishes she could move and live a normal life.



* [[CoolOldLady Cool Old Ladies]]

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* [[CoolOldLady Cool Old Ladies]]Ladies]]: Despite their disgusting living conditions, both women have a lot of interesting stories to tell about their high-society lives and are very engaging. The filmmakers took quite a shine to them as well.



** Taken UpToEleven in the scene where it is shown they aren't just crazy cat ladies but are crazy *raccoon* ladies as well, as they go up to the attic to feed the feral raccoons that live there.
* CrazyConsumption: The eating habits of both women are very strange (see DogFoodDiet below) and include eating a whole pint of ice cream with a knife, and having corn right out of the pot while in bed. Big Edie is shown cooking on a hot plate on her bedside table



* DancingWithMyself: In one scene, Little Edie, who has always loved dancing, shows that she still remembers her choreography as she dances along to an old record, [[PatrioticFervor while waving an American flag no less.]]



* [[TheDutifulSon The Dutiful Daughter]]: Little Edie sees herself this way.

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* DogFoodDiet: In one scene Little Edie opens up a can of cat food, which the Beales eat spread on crackers.
* DuetBonding: After badgering her daughter repeatedly about her allegedly off-key singing, Big Edie does join her in singing in one scene.
* [[TheDutifulSon The Dutiful Daughter]]: Little Edie sees herself this way. She did not want to move into Grey Gardens and would rather have married an upper-class husband and lived her own life, but became a spinster because her mother has literally no one else.



* ICouldaBeenAContender: Little Edie muses at length about how she could have done so much more with her life: she had a university education, was a talented singer and dancer, came from a high-society family and ought to have married a scion of some old money family like her own. Instead she gave all of it up to live in a dilapidated mansion with her elderly, demanding mother.



* [[KindHeartedCatLover Kind Hearted Cat Lovers]]

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* [[KindHeartedCatLover Kind Hearted Cat Lovers]]Lovers]]: Despite being barely able to care for themselves, the two dote on their many cats in their own way.


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* NotSoAbandonedBuilding: The house looks so derelict from the outside and is so shabby and overgrown with plants that it would be natural to assume it's abandoned, except for the occasional sighting of Little Edie outside. (Big Edie refused to leave the house as a rule).
7th Dec '16 1:52:31 PM Ezclee4050
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* IWasQuiteALooker:
** Little Edie's society nickname was "Body Beautiful Beale", and looking at her [[http://laurenfenton.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/little-edie-757679.jpg old photos]], it's [[http://fourthfloorwalkup.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/grey-gardens-young-lil-e.jpg easy to see why]].
** In one scene she shows the filmmakers old photos of her modeling swimsuits, looking extremely attractive.
** Big Edie was a lovely woman too, judging by her portraits.

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* IWasQuiteALooker:
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IWasQuiteALooker: Not for nothing did Creator/JessicaLange and Creator/DrewBarrymore play the Beales in the HBO movie, since the old photographs shown throughout the documentary make it clear that they both were lovely in their younger days. Little Edie's society nickname was "Body Beautiful Beale", and looking at her it's [[http://laurenfenton.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/little-edie-757679.jpg old photos]], it's [[http://fourthfloorwalkup.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/grey-gardens-young-lil-e.jpg easy to see why]].
** In one scene she shows the filmmakers old photos of her
why]]. She did some modeling swimsuits, looking extremely attractive.
** Big Edie was a lovely woman too, judging by her portraits.
work as well.
30th Nov '16 2:34:11 PM Ezclee4050
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* IsntItIronic: Big Edie singing "Tea for Two", with its idyllic portrait of domestic bliss darkly echoing the Beales' current situation.
--> ''No friends or relations''
--> ''On weekend vacations''
30th Nov '16 2:07:56 PM Ezclee4050
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* ManChild: Little Edie is childlike to the point of some people suspecting arrested development.



* VitriolicBestBuds: For all their squabbling, they clearly adore one another.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: For all their squabbling, they clearly adore one another.another.
* [[ManChild Woman Child]]: Little Edie is childlike to the point of some people suspecting arrested development.
30th Nov '16 2:03:52 PM Ezclee4050
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* AgeInappropriateDress: What, a swimsuit and fishnet tights isn't a respectable outfit for someone pushing 60?

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* AgeInappropriateDress: What, a swimsuit and fishnet tights isn't a respectable outfit for someone pushing 60?60? How about a strapless top for someone pushing ''80''? Also, neither Edie seems to be interested in wearing a bra.
29th Nov '16 11:07:07 PM Ezclee4050
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* CreatorCameo: The Maysles brothers appear several times, mainly as reflections in mirrors that happen to be in the shot. The Beales also talk to them and refer to them by name from time to time.
9th Mar '15 8:41:57 PM CaptEquinox
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** Big Edie was a lovely woman too, judging by her portraits.
7th Sep '14 7:31:07 AM nelec
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HBO made a dramatic film about the Beales, also titled ''Grey Gardens'' starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange. A Broadway musical of the same name also opened in 2006, winning a Tony award.

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HBO made a dramatic film about the Beales, also titled ''Grey Gardens'' starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.Creator/JessicaLange. A Broadway musical of the same name also opened in 2006, winning a Tony award.
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