Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Grey Gardens.


One of my very favorite blogs is Cote de Texas by Houston designer Joni Webb. Joni has a tremendous following, yet she remains very warm and approachable, frequently leaving me encouraging and personal comments.

The amount of time and research that Joni puts into her posts is staggering. Her most recent entry on Grey Gardens is no exception.

Grey Gardens is a beautiful old home in East Hampton, New York that dates back to 1897. It was the subject of a 1975
documentary when it was occupied by Jackie Kennedy's aunt and cousin who lived quite reclusively and had allowed the home to fall into unimaginable squalor. Grey Gardens is now owned by Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, and the house and gardens have been beautifully and elegantly restored.

HBO has recently released a film recounting the lives of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter "Little Edie" and their time at Grey Gardens. We don't have HBO, but I may have to subscribe for a month so I can watch this special because Joni has really piqued my interest in the house and its occupants.

Here is a link to Joni's fabulous post: A Pictorial History of Gray Gardens. I hope you find it as fascinating as I did.


Darlene said...

I'll have to go read about it. Sounds interesting.

JMW said...

I had never seen the documentary, but watched the special on HBO with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange - fascinating! I now can't get enough on this topic. The set designer did an amazing job on recreating Grey Gardens in its heyday and then its eventual decline. I can't imagine living that way. I'll have to check out the blog you reference. Again, fascinating!

Hopsy said...

I want to subcribe to HBO for the month too!

Thank you for directing us to the wonderful piece on grey Gardens!

Erin said...

Oh my goodness, you HAVE to see the movie on HBO. It was AMAZING and so fascinating. I have watched it twice and will watch it again. I was amazed by Drew Barrymore. Definitely subscribe to HBO. You won't be sorry.

Much love, Erin

cotedetexas said...

Wow - thank you!!! I was just clicking on here to say thanks for the funny comment - loved it - and then saw this. how sweet!!!! thanks, friend. much appreciated.
four days, by the way. non stop. at the end of it I thought I was turning into a beale. I looked liked one. total slug. hehe!!


The HBO film, starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lang is certainly a perfect tribute to both the original documentary and these two wonderful woman.
I was told right after filming of the HBO film wrapped up in the fall of 2007, that I would be blown away at the last scene, where Edie sings Tea For Two at Reno Sweeny, and I was ! I had supplied the film company with the only recording in existence of Edie singing the tune, only this wasn't from her actual performance at the club, but rather her singing it just for me at one of my many visits to Grey Gardens, more than 30 years ago. Drew sang it exactly, phrase for phrase as I have it on tape. Edie and I actually met that night at Reno Sweeny, and my relationship with Grey Gardens has now spanned over 3 decades. For our complete review, check out our blog at (HBO film review by Robb Brawn & Lee Arboreen), and be sure to check our Youtube video uploaded 4/18/09 the same day as the HBO film release. Click
GREY GARDENS PROMO to view the video

Jenny said...

Thanks for sharing!

fleur de lis cottage said...

Don't you just love her blog. That was such an interesting post.

Fifi Flowers said...

JOni did a FAB job showing off the Grey House and Gardens! Love Joni too... she's GREAT!