Happy Birthday, Little Edie

Edith Bouvier Beale aka “Little Edie” of the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens died in 2002, but she continues to inspire everyone from Broadway producers and Drew Barrymore to Rufus Wainwright. Little Edie would have been 96 this year, so let’s celebrate with a few gorgeous pictures, courtesy of Grey Gardens Collections.

1. Little Edie and her two brothers in costume for the Riding Club pageant, America

Edith Bouvier Beale: A Life in Pictures, courtesy Grey Gardens Collections.

2. Little Edie in costume for the East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society annual fair, 1929

Edith Bouvier Beale: A Life in Pictures, courtesy Grey Gardens Collections.

3. Little Edie and friends in costume, 1929

Edith Bouvier Beale: A Life in Pictures, courtesy Grey Gardens Collections.

4. Image from Little Edie’s 1929 scrapbook

Edith Bouvier Beale: A Life in Pictures, courtesy Grey Gardens Collections.

5. Little Edie and her two brothers at Grey Gardens, 1931

Edith Bouvier Beale: A Life in Pictures, courtesy Grey Gardens Collections.

6. Little Edie pictured at a labor day dance, 1936, East Hampton, NY (this photo was found with picture of her partner torn out — notice the arm)

Photographer: Towns End (Courtesy of the estate of Edith Bouvier Beale)

7. Little Edie in front of Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY, 1936

Courtesy Grey Gardens Collections.

8. Little Edie at a social event in East Hampton

Courtesy Grey Gardens Collections.

9. Little Edie dressed for a weekend event at Princeton University

Courtesy Grey Gardens Collections.

10. Little Edie, 1940

Edith Bouvier Beale: A Life in Pictures, courtesy Grey Gardens Collections.

11. Little Edie and her signature look

Edith Bouvier Beale: A Life in Pictures, courtesy Grey Gardens Collections.

12. Little Edie at Grey Gardens in a picture taken by her mother, “Big Edie”

Edith Bouvier Beale: A Life in Pictures, courtesy Grey Gardens Collections.

13. Little Edie and Big Edie, 1938

Edith Bouvier Beale: A Life in Pictures, courtesy Grey Gardens Collections.

14. Original Trailer for Grey Gardens

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