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'Grey Gardens' Adds Extra Footage on DVD

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'Grey Gardens' Adds Extra Footage on DVD

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'Grey Gardens' Adds Extra Footage on DVD

'Grey Gardens' Adds Extra Footage on DVD

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The 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, made by the Maysles brothers, is being re-issued on DVD with an extra hour of footage. The controversial film peers into the scattered and reclusive lives of two of Jackie Onassis' cousins. The women lived in a decrepit East Hampton mansion.

Howie Movshovitz of Colorado Public Radio reports.

A Musical Trip to 'Grey Gardens'

A Musical Trip to 'Grey Gardens'

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Sara Gettelfinger and Christine Ebersole in a scene from 'Grey Gardens.' hide caption

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Sara Gettelfinger and Christine Ebersole in a scene from 'Grey Gardens.'

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In 1973, filmmakers Albert and David Maysles visited Grey Gardens, a dilapidated, 28-room mansion on Long Island, to shoot a documentary about two eccentric women. They were relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Edith Bouvier Beale, or "Big Edie," and her daughter, "Little Edie" Beale. The two were living with more than 50 cats in relative squalor — bickering, dancing and singing — when the Maysles showed up.

The documentary became a cult favorite. A new off-Broadway musical based on Grey Gardens opens Tuesday at Playwrights Horizons in New York. The show's three creators are composer Scott Frankel, lyricist Michael Korie and Doug Wright, who wrote the book. They talk about the production with Liane Hansen.

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Little Edie sings about her beautiful, but tattered, collection of mementos from her years as a New York debutante.

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Little Edie angrily recalls the rumors, as well as the sad, true stories swirling around her mother, Big Edie.

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Little Edie sings about loss: of her youth and beauty and promise, of her freedom and independence.

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Big Edie was 80 years old when she died in 1977. Little Edie sold the Grey Gardens estate in 1979 and moved to Florida. Before Little Edie died in 2002 at the age of 84, she gave her blessing to the Grey Gardens musical.

This story was produced by Elaine Heinzman.

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