Edie Beale Photographs » Albert Maysles – Little Edie Beale


4 Responses to “Albert Maysles – Little Edie Beale”


  1. 1 audrey b
    January 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Little Edie…such a sad, symapthetic, yet contradictory, and wonderfully unique person. When i see footage or biographies on her i am always stunned by the fact that she seems to have jumped into the pages of an imaginary book and lived through that in order to escape her reality. You can blame Big Edie for ruining her daughter’s chances at a normal life but her father’s decisions are the true reason that the Bealle ladies ended up in the fashion they did. There has always been rumors about the fact that Mr. Bealle abandoned his wife and dughter because of Big Edie’s ecentric behaviors? Big Edie had been abandoned by her husband and her father for simply being herself, i think her insanity was too much for her Blue blooded relatives and they simply tried to erase her from their lives, bank accounts, and wills. Her sons reportedly never bothered seeing their mother and essentially they became nothing but a painful reminder of a dirtly little family secret. Keep in mind they could have stepped in, saved them so to speak, but they watched from afar as Big Edie clung to and ulitmately sucked the life out of her daughter. THey simply were two women who were discarded by those who should have loved them. There is so many varied factual information on the Bealles that its confusing to even try to sort it out. For instance one website has Big Edie married for 8 years to her husband, other 3 years, but they had too many kids to have been married only three years during that era, the contradicting facts abound far beyond what i already mentioned. I find little Edie absolutely facinating but also sad, because her family essentially were satisfied to let her sacrifice her life, and sanity, just so they didnt have to deal with the care etc. of Big Edie, Little Edie was undoubtedly the sacrificial lamb. I hope she found peace in her years without her mother. Even after Big E. died L. Edie was still tied to the house for two more years because of her mother’s manipulating hold on her and her wishes that the house not be sold unless it was going to be refurbished as opposed to being tore down. I THink Big Edie never would have left Grey Gardens, after all it was her last straw, the lasting reminder that she was once loved, taken care of, etc. but essentially the house itself was paramount to the psychological prison that held the two Edies in an imprisoned state. When the documentary was made in the seventies the family did not come forward and say let us help you, no they were angered by the embarassment for which the movie brought them, they should have been shamed but they were really only annoyed.

  2. 2 Becky Crouse
    January 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Oops, BTW, I actually watched Grey Gardens, not washed it…

  3. 3 Becky Crouse
    January 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I just washed the movie, Grey Gardens, and had to know more. I was too young to have remembered so much of the peripheral family information, but have always been fascinated by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy as well as the Kennedys. The Bouvier name in the information about Grey Gardens is what caught my attention, and I am so glad it did. How sad that such a beautiful family was so torn by sadness and tragedy, yet how wonderful to see the way that they carried on, true to their own spirit, no matter how different it might seem to others around them. Grey Gardens taught me a lot about empathy for others. I don’t think either Edith asked for pitty. Big Edie loved Grey Gardens, first and foremost, and Little Edie loved her mother. So much so that she could not cut the strings to her mother or Grey Gardens. How wonderful(if as portrayed in the movie) for Jacqueline to come to the rescue of her cousin, her aunt, and Grey Gardens. She could so easily have turned her back on them, especially if little Edie lashed out at her the way it was suggested in the movie. Blood is thicker than water, at least in some instances. Anyway, thanks for the insight into this little corner of history.


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