The film portrait of Jackie Bouvier's aunt and cousin, Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter "Little" Edie, is a cult classic — a portrait of social and personal decay and perseverance. It airs 8 PM (ET) Oct. 29. Check local listings for channel on your cable system.
The TCM premiere comes just days before the Broadway opening of the Grey Gardens musical on Nov. 2 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Previews begin Oct. 3.
The musical stars Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole and Tony Award nominee Mary Louise Wilson, giving performances that uncannily match the women seen in the film. TCM will supplement the documentary with Robert Osborne interviewing both Ebersole and Wilson prior to and concluding the film.
Here's how the producers characterize the show: "Grey Gardens brings to life both the delightfully eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Once among the brightest names in the pre-Camelot social register, these two women became East Hampton's most notorious recluses, living in a dilapidated 28-room mansion. Set in two eras — in 1941 when the estate was in its prime and in 1973 when it was reduced to squalor — the musical tells the alternately hilarious and heartbreaking story of two indomitable individuals, Edith Bouvier Beale and her adult daughter 'Little' Edie."
Act One of the show is set is 1941, as preparations are made for a party at Grey Gardens', the Beales Long Island home. Act Two is set 30 years later as mother and daughter live in squalor with only memories of their past potential. "Grey Gardens" (the movie) is a Maysles Films Inc. production directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, and associate produced by Susan Froemke.
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