the hbo film grey gardens premiered tonight. it stars jessica lange and drew barrymore as big edie and little edie bouvier beale, the aunt and first cousin of jacqueline bouvier kennedy onassis, who ended up living in squalor and isolation in an 14-room mansion in east hampton, ny.
jessica lange has always been on the top of my list (something i was lucky enough to tell her in person a few years back, as she was nuzzling my dog reggie, in salt lake city, utah.) from francis to men don't leave to rob roy to big fish, i think she's one of the best there is. and in this film she is nothing short of remarkable.
which is why no one is more surprised than me to say i could not take my eyes off of drew barrymore.
hbo's grey gardens runs until may 29, and is available on demand as of monday – don't miss it. and put the original 1975 albert and david maysles documentary in your netflix cue a.s.a.p. or get it from the tuesdays amazon store.