In 1973, filmmakers Albert and David Maysles entered the strange world of "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, two charming eccentrics who were relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Spending six weeks with the reclusive mother and daughter who chose to live in squalor and almost total isolation in a decaying 28-room mansion in East Hampton, the Maysles captured their day-to-day life in its raw, uncensored, captivatingly honest moments for a documentary entitled Grey Gardens. Little did anyone know that the 100-minute documentary would catapult the two women from virtual obscurity to cult status as their legacy grew in depth and stature over the years.
Thirty-five years later, using the documentary as a framework, producers Lucy Barzun Donnelly , Rachael Horovitz and Michael Sucsy offer a wry, behind-the-scenes look at the Beales and their unique mother-daughter bond answering the question: How did they end up like that? Told over the span of four decades, the film focuses on their glamorous and well-heeled lives in high society long before the making of the documentary, and on the circumstances behind their riches-to-rags story.
Grey Gardens was nominated for 17 Primetime Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Globes and was the winner of 6 Emmys, 2 Golden Globes and awards from the Producers Guild, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Television Critics Association - all for the best feature film made for television.