Monday, May 21, 2012

Grey Gardens' Spot Beale

For the last three years my oldest childhood friend has rented "Grey Gardens," the East Hampton house featured in the inspired Albert Maysles documentary, and more recently in an HBO feature film, about Jackie O's eccentric relatives. The house has been restored to its laid back WASP-y charm with pastel walls, woven jute rugs and rooms full of chintz, and the stunning gardens are more beautiful and lovingly maintained than ever. But my favorite part is this less documented corner of the property where Edie Beale's dog is lovingly remembered. It makes me appreciate that, however wacky and out there the Beale's legacy became, at the heart of it they were still just a family who loved their dog.

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