Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens: A Life in Pictures

by Eva Marie Beale

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ISBN: 9782916954066

by Eva Marie Beale
Foreword by Peter Beard
Edited by Anne Verlhac

Biography / Cult Films / Legendary Eccentrics
Hardcover
9.84 x 11.42 inches
192 pages
150 four-color and black-and-white photographs
ISBN: 978-2-916954-06-6
by Eva Marie Beale
Foreword by Peter Beard
Edited by Anne Verlhac

Biography / Cult Films / Legendary Eccentrics
Hardcover
9.84 x 11.42 inches
192 pages
150 four-color and black-and-white photographs
ISBN: 978-2-916954-06-6

Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale (1917-2002) is best known
for her appearance in the critically acclaimed 1975 film Grey
Gardens
, a documentary by Albert and David Maysles that
explored the reclusive lives of Beale and her mother “Big
Edie,” the first cousin and aunt of Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis, respectfully. Over the past three decades, the film and
its eccentric stars have become cult icons, inspiring fashion
tributes by the likes of Phillip Lim and John Galliano, a
hit Broadway musical adaptation that swept up three Tony
Awards in 2007, and an upcoming HBO movie starring Drew
Barrymore and Jessica Lange as the famed odd couple.

Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens: A Life in Pictures, the
latest installment in a series that includes photo-biographies
of John F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II, Grace Kelly, Marilyn
Monroe, and others, presents the most in-depth look at the
life of Little Edie since the Maysles’ film vaulted her into the
public consciousness. Conceived by members of the Beale
family, the book traces a line from Edie’s childhood through
her heady days as a young socialite and her later years at
Grey Gardens, the decrepit East Hampton estate where she
and her mother lived in near-total isolation for decades. Featuring
over 150 newly uncovered photographs and letters,
Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens offers unprecedented
access to the personal history of this twentieth-century
woman of mystery.

Eva Marie Beale, born and raised in New York, met Bouvier
Beale at the age of 24. The founder of Grey Gardens Collections,
an online store inspired by the life of Edith Bouvier Beale, Eva’s
passions include photography and collecting antiques.

Peter Beard took his first pictures at age twelve, and photography
quickly evolved into an extension of his diaries as a way to
preserve and remember vacations and favorite things. Trips to
Africa in 1955 and 1960 piqued his interests, and after graduating
from Yale he returned to Kenya via Karen Blixen. In the early
60s, Beard worked at Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, acquired
a ranch in East Africa, and made his home base. Peter Beard’s
first exhibit was in New York in 1975. In addition to creating
original artwork, Beard has befriended and collaborated on
projects with many artists including Andy Warhol, Truman
Capote, and Francis Bacon. In 1996, after he was skewered and
trampled by an elephant, his first major retrospective opened
at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, followed by
others around the world. He now lives in New York City, Montauk
Point, and Kenya with his wife Nejma and daughter Zara.

Anne Verlhac grew up in western Africa and studied literature
and acting before becoming a design instructor and branding
consultant. A founding member of Verlhac Editions, she lives in
Paris with her husband and young daughter.

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