Grey Gardens

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A documentary detailing everyday lives of reclusive socialites, who lived at a dilapidated mansion known as Grey Garden in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton, New York.

Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, known as “Big Edie”, and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale, known as “Little Edie”, were the aunt and the first cousin of former United States First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Mother and daughter lived together at the mansion for decades with limited funds in increasing squalor and isolation.

During the 70s, the living conditions at the house were deteriorating, infested by fleas, animals, no running water and filled with garbage, their way of life was exposed by the National Enquirer and a New York Magazine after a series of inspections by the Health Department. In the summer of 1972, both women were facing eviction, but thanks to Jacqueline Onassis and Lee Radziwill providing the necessary funds, the mansion was repaired to meet village codes.

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