The elaborate life of Grey Gardens‘ own Little Edie is chronicled in her newly published 1929 childhood diary, poetically dubbed I Only Mark the Hours that Shine.
Long before she set the precedent for modern-day shabby chic in the Maysles brothers’ 1976 documentary, Edith Bouvier Beale faithfully documented her affluent youth during the Roaring Twenties. Set against a backdrop of salons, theaters, exclusive clubs, and private beaches, Little Edie’s passionate account primes the canvas for her equally unusual and fascinating adulthood.
A writer, model, socialite, and the epitome of the modern woman, Little Edie continues to serve as a muse, even after her death in 2002. She’s since inspired a Tony Award-winning musical, an HBO movie, and a song by Rufus Wainwright.
Click through below for a gallery of images from Little Edie’s youth.
Little Edie in costume for the East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society annual fair, 1929