Tom Gregory's Hollywood Vault radio clips, as featured on Leeza Gibbons' national radio program Hollywood Confidential!
Below is a transcript of the review on the audio file playable above.Forget about the Hilton named Paris; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ cousin Edie Beale was America’s original blue-blooded reality star. Edie resided as a recluse with her mother also named Edith - Jackie’s Aunt Edith Bouvier - on Eastern Long Island.
With 52 cats and no visible sign of kitty litter, this 28-room shack, covered in an ocean of vines, was no ordinary Ivy League life.
Lost to the world outside, family money kept Aunt and cousin Edith afloat in their dilapidated, overgrown, mansion on the briny, breezy, bucolic beach.
Eventually, Neighbors complained that the Beales housekeeping defied the rules of cleanliness and the laws of East Hampton; the prying eyes of the town, meant their hidden world was no longer secret. After the place was cleaned up a bit, their life together in the flea-farm of an infested house was made into 1976’s documentary entitled Grey Gardens, now available on DVD; It’s an eccentric look inside a world where dreams are a memory away; but everyone’s seemingly lost their mind. This film answers questions about life you didn’t even know you had.
No more Dolce, Gucci, Pucci, or Prada, Cousin Edie’s fashion sense has her wearing curtains convincingly. Her fishnet stocking over shorts seem oddly appropriate when complimented with a turtleneck worn around the face, pinned with a brooch and draped down the back like a nun’s habit.
Get ready for the enduring culture of these recluses. Grey Gardens is already the year’s must-see Broadway musical, and the buzz is, their story is being made into a feature film starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore.