Sunday, May 17, 2009

Grey Gardens Available for Summer Rental

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Grey Gardens - Before

Grey Gardens - After

New York Magazine's Intel blog has reported that Grey Gardens, the famous East Hampton manse of the Bouvier-Beals, is for rent. "Little" Edie, the cousin and "Big" Edie, the aunt of Jacqueline Kennedy became famous cult figures once their strange life and surroundings were documented by the Maysles brothers documentary of the same name. After "Big Edie" passed away, "Little Edie" sold the run down, unspeakably filthy house to Sally Quinn and Washinton Post Editor, Ben Bradlee. They spent a year and a small fortune fixing it up and making it habitable again. Even so, it is reported, the smell of cat urine can be had on humid days.

You can rent this now famous dune shack for $30,000 which will give you bragging rights from August 28 to Labor Day. However, no pets are allowed.

The Beals and the Maysles

The story of Grey Gardens was first told in the documentary, followed by the Broadway musical, now running in various cities around the country, including Boston, where I saw and reviewed it for Berkshire Fine Arts.

The interior has been beautifully restored.

For this blog entry I had hoped to talk more about the cast members, especially Aimee Doherty who played the young Edie in Act One and the blushingly handsome R. Patrick Ryan who portrayed both Joe Kennedy and "Jerry". However, we are still awaiting replies from the Lyric Stage PR person.

For anyone who has seen the musical, this room will be familiar.

It is a lot of money for ten days rental, which comes to about $3,000 a day, but it has 7 bedrooms, a pool and tennis court, and the cachet that comes from being the most fabled house in America. If fifteen people kicked in a share it would cost only $2,000 a head. Almost affordable. And the bragging rights?


1 comment:


From the perspective of having not only the original documentary to go by, but also having known "little" Edie personally, I can say that
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
If you're anywhere near the Philadelphia area, The Philadelphia Theatre company will be presenting Grey Gardens The Musical between May 22nd and June 28th. Check it out here: GREY GARDENS PHILLY