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Friday, April 17, 2009

The Latest on TV: East Hampton Story

From the cult classic documentary to the Tony Award-winning stage musical to (now) a feature-length dramatic TV movie, the bizarre saga of the Beales of Grey Gardens continues its unlikely path through pop culture with the latter's debut on HBO tomorrow night.

Starring Jessica Lange as "Big Edie" and Drew Barrymore as "Little Edie", this new Grey Gardens recreates the acclaimed Maysles brothers' doc, fleshed out (à la the Broadway version) with flashbacks to the estate's pre-squalor days. Jeanne Tripplehorn co-stars (as Jackie O), along with Daniel Baldwin, Malcolm Gets and Ken Howard. Click here to watch the trailer.

1 comment:

  1. The HBO film, starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lang is certainly a perfect tribute to both the original documentary and these two wonderful woman.
    I was told right after filming of the HBO film wrapped up in the fall of 2007, that I would be blown away at the last scene, where Edie sings Tea For Two at Reno Sweeny, and I was ! I had supplied the film company with the only recording in existence of Edie singing the tune, only this wasn't from her actual performance at the club, but rather her singing it just for me at one of my many visits to Grey Gardens, more than 30 years ago. Drew sang it exactly, phrase for phrase as I have it on tape. Edie and I actually met that night at Reno Sweeny, and my relationship with Grey Gardens has now spanned over 3 decades. For our complete review, check out our blog at (HBO film review by Robb Brawn & Lee Arboreen), and be sure to check our Youtube video uploaded 4/18/09 the same day as the HBO film release. Click
    GREY GARDENS PROMO to view the video