Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Love HBO

In case we forget how truly gorgeous both these women are after viewing Grey Gardens on the weekend.......I thought you might enjoy these beautiful Vanity Fair photos of Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. I was out Saturday night, so pre-taped what I thought was the new HBO movie of Grey Gardens and realised at midnight that I had taped the original 1976 version........panic, absolute panic...... then found that HBO (at least here in Canada) was running it again through the early morning hours. Whew...and what a delicious way to spend a Sunday morning! My only complaint was that it was about three hours short, I could have watched their story and the exquisite set interiors of Grey Gardens in it's pre-crumbling heyday for hours. Sunday night was reserved for viewing the Maysles brothers classic documentary version that originally brought the sad plight of these destitute eccentrics to the attention of their famous relative Jackie Onassis (who promptly ponied-up the funds to make the East Hampton home livable for the most part). The new HBO version adds in a glimpse of their previous life of privilege and wealth and (somewhat) helps answers the question of why the Beale women ignored their pauper status for years while still thinking they were society princesses.



New make-up techniques were used on both actresses to maintain realistic facial movement . The East Hampton 28-room mansion was painstakingly recreated for the film in a field east of Toronto, Ontario. I suspect both women will be award nominated several times over and deservingly so. Visit HBO {click here} to see a short preview, background, and I'm watching for the DVD release date.


Drew Barrymore had to cajole the director to consider her for the part of Edie Bouvier Beale. After seeing her in this movie and then seeing the original Little Edie in the documentary, it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role of Little Edie. She captured this lovable, but odd (some would say deluded) personality of this truly fascinating character. The sad part....that Little Edie isn't here to see the fame that she so desperately thought she had lost in staying with her lonely (some would say controlling) mother at Grey Gardens, though she did have her "moment" at the original documentary screening. A totally random and shallow thought when looking at this photo of Drew Barrymore......isn't this big hair gorgeous and when is it coming back?

Don't you just love HBO? Just in case you've missed it, HBO has another series running right now on Sunday and Monday nights and in it's second season (first season available on DVD and itunes download) that is on my can't-miss basis - In Treatment with Gabriel Bryne . I am addicted to this story line, but mind you.... if " Paul Weston" was a psychoanalyst of choice, you wouldn't believe the head problems I could make up.



1st and 3rd photo from Vanity Fair/ 2nd and fourth photo from HBO

9 comments:

  1. Wow,what a difference. Such beautiful women. Thanks so much Carla

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  2. I too loved Grey Gardens and love HBO
    We are hooked on In Treatment too.
    Love and hugs

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  3. Hi Sande!

    I loved watching Grey Gardens. Loved the beginning sets, such a lovely home. So sad to see what happened to it. Although one of my favourites shows on HBO is "IN TREATMENT" I get all wrapped up in each characters therapy...it's no wonder why "Laura" had those feeling for him. Who wouldn't?

    Miss Kris

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  4. Hi Sande! I missed it!!! How could that be!?! After eagerly anticipating and patiently waiting for it, I missed it! I'll have to keep an eye out for a repeat! You make me want to see it even more!
    xoxo
    Judith~

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  5. We are so behind here I will have to wait forever to see Grey Gardens and In Treatment. Can't wait though and I do love a good mini series Sande, xv.

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  6. Oh how I wish I had HBO. Anxious for the dvd. How I love Gabriel & the photos of Drew were spectacular.

    Fun as always Sande!

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  7. The HBO film, starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lang is certainly a perfect tribute to both the original documentary and these two wonderful woman.
    I was told right after filming of the HBO film wrapped up in the fall of 2007, that I would be blown away at the last scene, where Edie sings Tea For Two at Reno Sweeny, and I was ! I had supplied the film company with the only recording in existence of Edie singing the tune, only this wasn't from her actual performance at the club, but rather her singing it just for me at one of my many visits to Grey Gardens, more than 30 years ago. Drew sang it exactly, phrase for phrase as I have it on tape. Edie and I actually met that night at Reno Sweeny, and my relationship with Grey Gardens has now spanned over 3 decades. For our complete review, check out our blog at MyGreyGardens.com (HBO film review by Robb Brawn & Lee Arboreen), and be sure to check our Youtube video uploaded 4/18/09 the same day as the HBO film release. Click
    GREY GARDENS PROMO to view the video

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  8. HBO has the most amazing programming. I am addicted to several of their shows. I completely agree with you about Drew being perfect for the part of Little Edie. She captured her perfectly! I really hope that she and Jessica win lots of awards for their incredible performances. I just did a big post on the history of the Beales and the various stages of the house last week. I think you would enjoy it. :)

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