I felt especially curious to find out more about Little Edie, whom I felt was truly a victim of this whole situation.
I feel so fascinated by this down below photo of Edie as a young and beautiful(!) woman. She is so well dressed and I have such problems getting this whole picture toghether. My research on her background story actually made me even more confused!
Here´s what I found out about Little Edie via the blog 'Maya and Ruhi'.
This is Edie Bouvier Beale. Born in 1917, straight into the echelons of American high society, to privileged parents Phelan Beale, a respected lawyer, and Edie Ewing Bouvier Beale a gorgeous socialite from the aristocratic Bouvier clan.
Little Edie started a flourishing modelling career at 17, while Big Edie pursued her break into a singing career.
The mother and daughter pair were extremely close, and were a staple of the New York social scene. Wherever they went, they were received as VVIPS, and were highly respected for their social graces, fashionable good tastes, and pure fabulous-ness.
Well, who would have thought!?
Little Edie went on to appear in the pages of Vogue, and was to move away to pursue a singing and dancing career in New York City, when she was discouraged by her mother. Big Edie just could not imagine life without her daughter. And with that, they slowly ebbed away from the limelight..
Little Edie truly had a successfull life in the fashion and entertainment industry in front of her. This was also something she felt very passionate about and she had it all going in the right direction. Life must have made an enourmous u-turn on her though...
Last seen in public Edie was a true beauty looking like this. Now several years later this down below news paper photo shows a much older Edie, still very careful of her looks and appearance though. In the glimpses I´ve seen on youtube of the documentary of Green Gardens from 1975 I feel her strong passion for fashion, dancing and singing. It´s quite obvious she never gave up dreaming!
I will end this post with a photo of Little Edie standing on the porch of Grey Gardens. Probably taken years before the place began to slowly demolish. Oh, I absolutely love this photo, it shows that this girl belonged in a whole different world than the one she ended up living! It´s the sadest thing!