Bouvier Beale, Jr. wrote in his essay for this book:
We hope this book will help see Edie differently and with a deeper appreciation of how she grew into the familiar character from the Grey Gardens documentary. We hope not to only restore her dignity, but also make known her sensitivity, passion, and genius that we, as her family, remember vividly. It was clear that Little Edie wanted her story to be shared.
Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens: A Life In Pictures is beyond beyond as I like to say... and the quote above is perfect. Bravo!
The layout and choice of photographs in the book are sumptuous and stunning. I loved the use of Edie's poetry, Bouvier Beale's essay, and the letters from Jackie also. The book truly does restore Edie's dignity, sensitivity, passion and genius - our goals for our books were the same.
Looking through this book was an emotional experience for me - the same thing happened as I read through Edie's 100 or so cards and letters to me between 1976 - 2001 for my next book Letters of Little Edie Beale: Grey Gardens and Beyond her dignity, wit and intelligence shined through.
Edie was so much more than the one dimensional "character" on screen in Grey Gardens and I do think that the public is realizing they saw only a fraction of many layers in the film.
Congratulations to Eva Beale and everyone else involved with the book!
Anyone who loves Grey Gardens and or Edie Beale must have it!
memoraBEALEia: a private scrapbook about Edie Beale of Grey Gardens
1st cousin to 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
"Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens, A Life in Pictures"
Date Added: 07/27/2009 by Walter Newkirk