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06-12-2019 07:22 PM
From 1947 to 1952, she lived in the Barbizon Hotel for Women. When she was in her late 30s, Beale developed alopecia totalis which caused her body hair to fall out and prompted her to wear her signature headscarves. Beale's cousin, John Davis, claims Beale once climbed a tree at the house and set her hair on fire, suggesting Beale might have contributed to her own baldness.
06-12-2019 07:45 PM
Thanks @cherry ...Such a fascinating bizarre story!
What about that young man, I believe his name was "Stevie"...who would visit them every now and then?...I couldn't figure out what part he played in their lives?...Did he do handyman work for them or was he someone who lived nearby and dropped in for visits?
06-12-2019 07:50 PM - edited 06-12-2019 07:51 PM
06-12-2019 09:23 PM - edited 06-12-2019 09:26 PM
@wildflowers are you talking about the guy called the marble faun?
@cherry ...It could have been...I was confused about Stevie, the young man, and then there was mention of "marble faun"?
The Marble Faun was Jerry. He worked for some contractor on another house nearby....he did a few odds and ends for The Beales.......Jerry ended up being a taxi driver in NYC
06-12-2019 09:34 PM - edited 06-12-2019 09:42 PM
@cherry @BettyNewbie ...Aha!...I did some research and, yes, the "marble faun" was in reference to Jerry, the caretaker...When I posted, I thought I had remembered his name as Stevie...Now, I'm wondering who the heck Stevie is?...LOL
Here's a little excerpt from Jerry's Memoir...."The Marble Faun Of Grey Gardens".
The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens is Jerry Torre's touching and at times haunting memoir about his teenage days as caretaker of Grey Gardens, the now-celebrated mansion chronicled in the iconic documentary Grey Gardens and two feature-length films. The book, co-written with film historian Tony Maietta, is a behind-the-scenes look at "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" and their bizarre and reclusive life of squalor amidst the tremendous wealth of East Hampton, the family bond that developed between Jerry and them, and the day everything was turned upside down forever with the arrival of documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles.
What begins as a teenager coming upon what he assumed was an old, abandoned house takes on new dimensions when suddenly Edie appears on the porch draped in a shower curtain with an apron tied around her head. "You must be the Marble Faun," she tells the stunned Jerry. Rather than chasing him away as he at first feared, she invites Jerry to meet her mother upstairs. So begins a strange and unusually close friendship with the two women as Jerry takes on the task of volunteer gardener of their estate, often sleeping nights in their living room and staying out of the way of mother-daughter arguments. The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens is Jerry's look back on the filming of Grey Gardens but also how the notoriety the movie achieved changed his life along with the Beales's as their private world is shared with audiences everywhere.
eta:...Thanks @BettyNewbie ...I just saw your post!
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