I have to blame Jean over at Renovation Therapy for my obsession with Grey Gardens. Several months ago she wrote something on her blog about Grey Gardens and it was compelling enough to make me want to know more. Eventually, I had the presence of mind to place both of the Grey Gardens documentaires in my NetFlicks queue. A few weeks later, the two Grey Gardens films arrived. I made a cup of tea, sat down to watch them and sat mesmerized through both films.
Firstly, Grey Gardens is about two crazy women... a mother and daughter... relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, living in squalor in a crumbling shingle style house on some of the most expensive real estate in the United States. Secondly, Grey Gardens is about the house and the gardens and I can't ever resist a movie about a great old house surrounded by a overgrown, abandoned garden.
After watching the two films I had to rush to my computer and see if I could find out what had happened to the women and to their house. I found a link to a story about the renovation of Grey Gardens in 2005, House voyeurism at it's finest.