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Welcome to ‘Grey Gardens’


(L–R) Rachel York, Steven Good, and Rogelio Douglas Jr. in "Grey Gardens" at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Photo by Craig Schwartz.

In 1975, a reclusive mother and daughter—the aunt and cousin, respectively, of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis—living in a dilapidated Long Island mansion became American icons. The Maysles brothers’ documentary Grey Gardens is now considered a cult classic that has spawned numerous pop culture tributes, including Grey Gardens—The Musical, onstage at the Ahmanson Theatre through August 14, 2016.

Grey Gardens (1975)
Meet Little Edie and Big Edie Bouvier Beale, and watch the trailer for the documentary’s 2015 theatrical re-release (or see the complete film on Hulu):
Grey Gardens (2009)
Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange played the Beales in the HBO movie Grey Gardens, which received 17 Emmy Award nominations and won six, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie:
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Drag Queen Jinx Monsoon did a spot-on Little Edie impression on season five of RuPaul’s Drag Race:
Documentary Now!
They live in a mansion called Sandy Passages and have different names, but Bill Hader and Fred Armisen sound a lot like the Beales in their 2015 Documentary Now! parody of Grey Gardens:
The New Normal
And as a bonus, here’s The New Normal cast talking about actress Bebe Wood’s impression of Little Edie:
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