Here’s the promo for the HBO film based on the documentary Grey Gardens. It stars — pay attention — Jessica Lange as Big Edie and Drew Barrymore as Little Edie.
So if you’re keeping track, that’s the original 1975 documentary, a Broadway musical, and now an HBO movie based on the lives of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, who lived in squalor in a decaying mansion in East Hampton. This film looks interesting in that it, like the musical, gives some backstory to the Beales. We see glimpses of them as young, wealthy socialites — Big Edie was the sister of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy’s father — before they shacked up together in the fabled Grey Gardens.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking: (1) man, how did they get foxy Jessica Lange to look just like Big Edie? And (2) I’m worried about Drew. I for one am going to be uncynical (despite her unconvincing accent in this promo) and cross my fingers that the great Barrymore genes kicked in during her performance.
What great roles. They both hit the acting jackpot with this one.