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Did anyone see the HBO movie Gray Gardens?  Or did you see the documentary from 1975?  

I didn’t even know about the documentary until the movie came out but the story of Edie and little Edie has fascinated me.  

What did you think?



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      Vikki Hall wrote May 2, 2009
    • I seen the movie but not the doc..... very interesting. Drew did excellent....



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 2, 2009
    • I thought she did a great job too- and comparing it to the documentary Lange was the spittin’ image of Big Edie.  

      Did their story linger with you? I’ve thought about them off and on since the movie aired.



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      Vikki Hall wrote May 2, 2009
    • I has..... has made me wonder so many things!



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 2, 2009
    • I went to Youtube and viewed the documentary so I could have some sort of reference to the movie. It has some pop culture interest b/c of the Bouvier connection but not so much that for me.  

      I was fascinated with the relationship between the mom and the daughter and with the descent into an existence completely removed from reality.  

      I’ve got big Edie’s voice down pat. I’ve been sick for a couple of days and my son and his friend have been here so from my bed, surrounded by my menagerie, I’ve said to them:

      “Chickens! Order some of that cough medicine, will you? And some ice cream! The strawberry kind! We’ll have some and share it with Muffyface and Ben!”  

      They laugh and laugh at my funky sense of humor but its a little eeery how well I do it and how well it fits me! tongue out



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      Mjmurphy wrote May 2, 2009
    • I will have to watch this, sounds interesting. Do you know the name on You Tube? Or what I should search by to bring it up?



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 2, 2009
    • Look it up by
      Gray Gardens original Documentary



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      Mjmurphy wrote May 2, 2009
    • thanks, looking up now



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      Mztracy wrote May 2, 2009
    • it was wonderful. The mom i wanted to sock, the needy woman. I cried and laughed and cried some more!
      When jackie came and helped them i balled like a baby!! lol



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 2, 2009
    • Their life in The Hamptons, as it was depicted in the movie, was very much like my grandmother. And then my parent’s life after that. I refer to it as their Camelot.

      After my grandfather died in 1963 she used all of her money to have all of her wardrobe custom designed and made.  

      I still have a dress that is very Jackie O that was hers.
      It’s a champagne colored sheath dress with an Eisenhower jacket. The cuffs of the jacket and the hem of the dress are lined in fox.

      My grandfather left her well taken care of financially but she spent it all on her appearance.  Her objective? To hook another man from the same station in life.  

      In 1974 she married a man who bought into her story as she had bought in to his- they both believed the other was loaded. They divorced some three years later.  

      I mean to tell you she had style! Her social presence, her beauty, elegance,I so admired and tried to imitate it through my childhood and college years.  

      This is why I hate reality! LOL!  

      Grandmother’s last years were spent in a nursing home. She had completely taken leave of her senses. She would sit and talk about the upcoming social events she was planning to attend,what she would wear, who would be there- while she kept trying to eat the petals off the flower centerpiece on the table and slipped slowly into madness.  

      Talk about a kodak reality moment.  

      But I think it might be why, as an adult woman, I am so committed to authenticity.



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      Mjmurphy wrote May 2, 2009
    • ok, I’ve got to watch the movie now



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      Mztracy wrote May 2, 2009
    • it was the mother’s fear of being alone and really a very sad life that they had.  

      I really believe that lil edie had some mental problems to begin with.  

      Personally, i would love to have been able to sit down with her and just talk...



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote May 2, 2009
    • My husband saw the show on Broadway a couple of years ago. He said it was fascinating.



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      Deb Darby wrote May 4, 2009
    • I’m planning to catch it On Demand. First I have to get through In Treatment and Breaking Bad. Jessica Lange is one of my favorites.



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      UK Girl wrote May 4, 2009
    • Saw the documentary and the film - its amazing really.

      They were both detached from reality in a way- I think the stories in the New Yorker etc; made Jackie and her sister do something to the house and help them.

      Ben Bradlee the ex editor of the Washington Post ( he broke the Watergate scandal) bought the house and fully restored it. Ben Bradlee is an hon chancellor at my old University we had a scholarship to work on the Post every year.



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 4, 2009
    • Really cool!  You know some biggies there girl!

      Can I drop your name if I need to around Washington?

      Like I’m ever in Washington! tongue out



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      UK Girl wrote May 4, 2009
    • Laurie,
      My first week at Uni as a mature student I joined the uni newspaper and had to cover Ben Bradlee being made chancellor etc; and it was the 25th anniversary of Watergate and Woodward and Bernstien came to give a lecture on investigative reporting ........OMG I had to interview them - it was deep breaths all the way - so my first publish piece was this I didn’t sleep for 3 days doing rewites checking my notes and listening to my tape recorder
      City University is the leading uni for jounalism .... I’m just a rag trade girl ....scary times



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 4, 2009
    • Write some blogs about your career path sometime- I would be fascinated to hear.



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