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The ‘GG’ before ‘GG’

Watch 'Grey Gardens' and you will suddenly see 'Gilmore Girls' in a whole new light.

Watch 'Grey Gardens' and you will suddenly see 'Gilmore Girls' in a whole new light.

Amy Sherman-Palladino “was obsessed with Grey Gardens,” someone told me a few months back during an interview for The Gilmore Girls Companion.

I’d heard the title of this particular documentary somewhere before, but knew nothing at all about it.

Last night I saw Grey Gardens for the first time. After the first 10 minutes, I understood a lot more about Gilmore Girls — as well as the Palladinos’ use of popular culture as inspiration — than I ever had before.

My advice to all big Gilmore Girls fans: Netflix (or otherwise get your hands on a copy) of this 1975 flick ASAP. For me to say any more before you’ve seen it will spoil the discovery for those who haven’t.

This one is getting its own discussion thread on the Companion Facebook page and the forums.  Your insights will be greatly appreciated on this little can of worms, gang.

  1. September 9, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Ah yes, Grey Gardens… the documentary is amazing. You should also watch the newer one ‘The Beales of Grey Gardens’.
    I feel somewhat sorry for the two Edies, but most of the time they seem to enjoy their life, as secluded as it might be.

    They made a musical from it in 2006 with Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson as the Edies. Go ahead and watch this youTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgOQZpMD0fE … if you have seen the docu you are going to recognize some/most of the lyrics.

    (PS: Christine Ebersole was in a production of MAME with Kelly Bishop. Mary Louise Wilson played Toinette, the french housekeeper in the short lived sitcom THE THORNS with Kelly in the 80s. ;o).)

  2. September 9, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Talk about including a lot of information in a short little burst! And always leave it to Cira to bring it all back to Kelly Bishop 🙂

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