Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens: A Life in Pictures
Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale (1917-2002) is best known for her appearance in the critically acclaimed 1975 film Grey Gardens, a documentary by Albert and David Maysles that explored the reclusive lives of Beale and her mother “Big Edie,” the first cousin and aunt of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, respectfully. Over the past three decades, the film and its eccentric stars...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by Verlhac Editions
(first published August 13th 2008)
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This extensive volume of photographs, collages, and handwritten notes is a must-have for anyone who's been mesmerized by Little Edith Beale of "Grey Gardens." A woman of unique talent and taste, Little Edie was always ahead of her time, as the images in this book testify. "Edith Bouvier Beale: A Life in Pictures" is a visual compendium of Little Edie's early childhood and young adulthood, providing an eye-catching representation of her early years in both color and black and white. The young Lit...more
After seeing "Grey Gardens" on HBO and watching the original documentary about Big and Little Edie, I just had to read this book. I use the term read very loosely because it is mainly a photo essay. Peter Beard wrote a lovely intro followed by a fond but brief bio of Little Edie by her nephew Bouvier Beale, Jr. The book is lovingly constructed of photos of both Big and Little Edie, some reproduced correspondence, and some of Little Edie's writings and poetry. She was such an attractive young wom...more
For some reason I thought this was going to be a visually opulent coffee table book of photos of Little Edie Beale in her incredible homemade ensembles. It's not, of course, because it's not as though she was having studio portraits taken of herself with a tea towel on her head throughout the 70s. It's a collection of old family pictures and some of her cute poetry and letters and other memorabilia. Still a lot of fun for the Little Edie lover in your life. Is it too corny for me to say this is...more
I was really interested in the history of Grey Gardens so when the opportunity arose to pre-order a collector edition of this wonderful book I did not hesitate. The photographs are beautiful and the information fascinating. What an extraordinary family history.