Friday, February 11, 2011

The Infamous Grey Gardens Home for Rent: 2 weeks = $135,000.000!!

This post is a bit biased since I am OBSESSED with Grey Gardens and the two Edies. Not many people in my generation, or anyone from the west coast for that matter, knows about Grey Gardens and its two beautiful and intriguing former owners.

Here's a quick little background on what and who Grey Gardens is. In 1975, two men decided to film a documentary about two women living in a once stunning East Hamptons home. The two subjects, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale ("Little Edie") are the aunt and cousin to THE Jackie O. In the early 1900's, Big Edie and her husband bought the sprawling property as a summer home which they called Grey Gardens. When their marriage ended, and Big Edie's husband left Grey Gardens. Little Edie, in the mean time, was chasing after her dream of becoming a famous actress in Manhattan. Unfortunately, she was unable to chase down the fame she wanted to dearly. She moved back to Grey Gardens where she and her mother lived for years. Unable to physically or financially maintain the lush grounds, Grey Gardens fell into a sad shadow of the grandeur it was once known for. The two women became recluse. The house was put under notice for health code violations. Cats roamed freely, bugs ate through the walls, and the two women who were once staples in society became outcast in their famous family.

After the documentary premiered in 1975, Big Edie and Little Edie became stars. People were fascinated by the two woman who were related to America's royalty, Jackie O. After Big Edie past away, Little Edie could simply could not live in the home any longer. She sold the home in 1977. One potential buyer wanted to destroy the home, and build new, but Little Edie begged Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee and his wife to purchase the home and maintain the structure. He purchased and restored the home to its original grandeur.

NOW, you can stay at this iconic home for the low, low price of $135,000.000 for 14 days!!!! Woop woop!

If you want to know more about these amazing women, check out the original documentary, Grey Gardens, or the HBO biopic with the same title!

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