“In the summer of 1966, as a new college student, I visited my ‘Granny Beale’ at Grey Gardens. I didn’t know it then, but this was to be my last time setting foot in the place until exactly 40 years later. Edie had moved out awhile back (soon to return, however), and my grandmother could still get about fairly well. Even after the release of the Maysles’ film, along with other negative local publicity about the dreadful living conditions at the house, I am still able to recall what I witnessed that summer during my college years; Grey Gardens was still a lovely property, both inside and out - simply needing a major dusting and mowing. I can remember all the furniture, house-hold items, etc. to have been in perfect order and placement, with no unsightly garbage piled up anywhere, no fleas, no broken windows, and just a few cats lurking about.”
Bouvier Beale, Jr.
Photo from HBO’s set of Grey Gardens in 1952.