L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Friday, November 7, 2014

Edie: her glamorous youth, late 1930s - early 1940s

Edith Bouvier Beale (7 November 1917 – circa 9 January 2002), American socialite, fashion model and cabaret performer. She was a first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill, and became widely known for her participation in the 1975 independent documentary film Grey Gardens by Albert and David Maysles. "Little Edie", a famously "staunch character", has become a beloved and legendary cult figure.

These are some images from her seemingly charmed youth, almost forty years before the filming of Grey Gardens.

Modeling a bridesmaid's dress.
She's obviously in fancy dress here, but I don't know for what occasion.
"Miss Edith Beale, with the Harvard H, represents Massachusetts in The Parade of the States", 28 July 1939.


  1. charming and beautiful! Who would have ever guessed.

  2. Oh, love her :) Happy Birthday, Edie.

  3. So beautiful, so confident and can she ever wear a hat! Note the handwriting on the debut dress photo. I believe it is quite similar to Jackie's; perhaps a style favored by girls of a certain class?

  4. What a great entry! If you love Grey Gardens, come join the Grey Gardens group on facebook!