Grey Gardens (1975)

The 1975 documentary “Grey Gardens” tells the story of a reclusive mother and daughter, both named Edith Beale (and referred to as “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” respectively), who live in poverty amidst an upscale neighborhood of East Hampton, New York. The Beales are the aunt and the first cousin of former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The filmmakers were originally planning a film about Kennedy’s sister, Lee Radziwill, but after meeting the Beales through that project, they were so taken by their personalities and lifestyle, they scrapped their original idea and instead decided to make a film about the Beales. Big Edie and Little Edie lived for over 50 years in their derelict home, known as Grey Gardens. After the passing of her mother, house was sold by Little Edie in 1979. The new owners subsequently restored the home, which still stands today.

LOCATION: 3 West End Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937