Grey Gardens Nation

The 1975 documentary Grey Gardens followed two women, mother and daughter, who lived in an East Hampton mansion — in squalor, surrounded by garbage. Two members of the Bouvier family, socially prominent and formerly affluent, related to a First Lady, lived in a mansion in a neighborhood of mansions, but in a state of poverty and decay. They had the forms and markers of status, and a famous name, but not the actual lives of high-status people. Their mansion rotted.

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