very rare picture of Little Edie, all dressed up and away from Grey Gardens. Here she is at the wedding of a friend, and reportedly she sang at the wedding!
"You must be on guard continually to see that your home is not smashed and what you love taken from you! If I had another life I would do exactly the same things again! My Mother was a divine and marvelous artist who needed all the protection I could give her!" - Edie Beale, 1986.
Sixty Years Ago Today “Anyway, she started high-pressuring me to come home back in March of 1952 and she kept it up until the end of July. And July 29 I checked out, got on the train, came back, and was never able to get back…. Mother took pictures. I was carrying a red umbrella. I didn’t know I’d never be able to get away again. I didn’t know that. I really wouldn’t have returned. Well, I guess I would have…. I think that my mother is always correct,
The living room in which Big Edie would perform was dominated by Albert Herter’s portrait of her twin sisters, above the fireplace. Herter had painted a portrait of Edith too, and ever since it had been hung in the dining room she had had a predilection for the painter’s trademark color, wearing Herter blue whenever she got the chance, usually combining it with a pink scarf and “fatal apple” lipstick. If Edith’s brother Black Jack would try to direct the dinner tab