The question has been asked, “What’s the deal? Why do you even care so much about these ‘crazy’ women?” The obvious answer would be that the two Edies are characters that no novelist would ever dare to invent. It’s a “riches to rags” American epic. It has a mythic quality tthat echoes Greek tragedy. It’s a fairytale told in reverse. An over-the-top Gothic narrative. A classic Tennessee Williams play set to music. A soap opera of the mind.
This is Edie Bouvier Beale. Born in 1917, straight into the echelons of American high society, to privileged parents Phelan Beale, a respected lawyer, and Edie Ewing Bouvier Beale a gorgeous socialite from the aristocratic Bouvier clan. Little Edie started a flourishing modelling career at 17, while Big Edie pursued her break into a singing career
Little Edie Beale of Grey Gardens : Little Edie: Mother was annoyed that I became a model. Big Edie: I didn’t think it was enough for you, putting on fur coats and taking them off again. If she’d done something when she took the fur coat off, it might’ve been better, but she didn’t. She put it right on again.