Grey Gardens, 1936.
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Inside ‘Grey Gardens’

Grey Gardens, 1936.
The new HBO film “Grey Gardens” revisits and expands upon the story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale detailed in the 1975 documentary of the same title. The mother and daugther, relations of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, were once glamorous socialites but by the 1970s were living in squalor at their East Hampton estate that gives the films their names. (Peter Stranks)
Jeanne Tripplehorn in “Grey Gardens.”
Jeanne Tripplehorn plays Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who came to her cousins’ financial rescue after the local health department sought to condemn the property. (Peter Stranks)
Jessica Lange, Drew Barrymore in “Grey Gardens” around 1952
The 1975 documentary was filmed over six weeks, but the new HBO film, starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore and Big and Little Edie, respectively, also dramatizes the previous 40 years. (Peter Stranks)
Jessica Lange, Malcolm Gets’ characters at “Grey Gardens” in 1936
Big Edie was an aspiring singer and was involved with her accompanist, George ‘Gould’ Strong (Malcolm Gets). (Peter Stranks)
Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange: Little Edie and Big Edie at “Grey Gardens” in 1963
Even after the money was gone, the Beales remained stylish. Costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas dressed Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange in clothes that mimic what the two Edies actually wore. (Vivian Baker)
Jessica Lange, Drew Barrymore as Big Edie and Little Edie in “Grey Gardens” in 1963
Alopecia caused Little Edie to lose hair, which led her to develop a number of innovative head coverings. (Peter H Stranks)
Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange in “Grey Gardens”
In this scene, Drew Barrymore wears costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas’ re-creation of a white charmeuse gown with front zipper and a hood Thomas saw Little Edie wearing in a photo from the 1930s. (Peter Stranks)