"My mother gave me a completely priceless life." - "Little Edie" Beale, 1917-2002
Thirty-five years later, using the documentary as a framework, director-writer Michael Sucsy's original story for Grey Gardens offers a wry, behind-the-scenes look at the Beales and their unique mother-daughter bond.
Told over the span of four decades, the film focuses on their glamorous and well-heeled lives long before the making of the documentary and on the circumstances behind their riches-to-rags story.
Drew Barrymore stars as "Little Edie" and Jessica Lange stars as "Big Edie" in Grey Gardens. Directed by Michael Sucsy from a story by Sucsy and teleplay by Sucsy and Patricia Rozema, this HBO Films production recounts the early years of the mother-daughter duo, as well as chronicling the making of the iconic documentary by the Maysles brothers. Malcolm Gets and Daniel Baldwin co-star, with Ken Howard and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Rachael Horovitz and Michael Sucsy are executive producers; David Coatsworth produces.