Edith Bouvier Beale Movies and Career Information

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Nov 07, 1917
New York City
Actor

Edith Bouvier Beale (November 7, 1917 – circa January 9, 2002) was an American socialite, fashion model and cabaret performer. She was a first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill. She is best known as "Little Edie," one of the subjects of the documentary film Grey Gardens by Albert and David Maysles detailing life at the East Hampton home. Beale was born in New York City, the only daughter of Phelan Beale, a lawyer, and Edith Ewing Bouvier (known as "Big Edie"). She was born at 987 Madison Avenue (now the site of the Carlyle Hotel). She had two brothers, Phelan Beale, Jr., and Bouvier Beale and had a privileged upbringing and gilded youth. Beale attended The Spence School and graduated from Miss Porter's School in 1935. She was also a member of the Maidstone Country Club of East Hampton. She had her debut at the Pierre Hotel on New Year's Day 1936. The New York Times reported on her debut, where she wore a gown of white net appliqued in silver and a wreath of gardenias in her hair. While Beale was young, her mother pursued a singing career, hiring an accompanist and playing small venues and private parties. In the summer of 1931, Phelan Beale abandoned the

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