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MemoraBEALEia: A Private Scrapbook About Edie Beale of Grey Gardens First Cousin To First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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ISBN-10: 1434374491
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About the Author

Author Walter Newkirk is the founder of Walter Newkirk Public Relations LLC. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, he worked on publicity for the film Roseland (1977), with director James Ivory and producer Ismael Merchant, and now primarily books interviews nationwide with authors for satellite TV tours, including titles by Martha Stewart, Valerie Bertinelli, Jenna Bush, Geraldo Rivera, and Tom Clancy. Previously, Newkirk was a publicist for The Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ, where Academy Award winning actress Olympia Dukakis was Artistic Director. He also worked in public relations for The Newark Museum in Newark, NJ; and the John Harms Center For The Arts in Englewood, NJ - which has since been renamed Bergen PAC; Bergen Performing Arts Center - on projects with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Charles Osgood, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Eartha Kitt. As a college journalist, Walter Newkirk interviewed Edith Bouvier Beale, the actors Divine and Jon Voight; in addition to Pat Loud, who appeared in the first national reality series in television history An American Family (PBS, 1973). memoraBEALEia is Mr. Newkirk's first book, a collaborative effort with Walt Radomsky and Jeff Holtzman, all alumni of Rutgers University and the Rutgers Daily Targum.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434374491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434374493
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a major devotee of the Beales. I try to get my hands on anything I can. I have both CD's,copies of articles written long ago, have seen the Broadway show, can sing the whole original cast recording myself, have read Lois Wright's offering - so, there are my credentials - this book was very interesting for what it is because one wants to find out what happens to Edie after her mother is gone and she is free. It was like picking up on a cliff hanger - but having said that, at 91 pages, (did I know that? I don't know if I knew that) I read the whole thing in an hour - I feel it was far too much money for such a meager compilation - Sorry I went for it and plucked down all that dough!!
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Yes, it had a some new things to entice the usual salacient Edie fan - I admit to being a reverent, admiring Grey Gardens ghoul myself - but didn't any of you guys think this slight (91 page) volume was a bit overpriced - even at the Amazon rate? Perhaps if Mr. Newkirk had included his DVD- " Little Edie Speaks" (and even upped the price) I wouldn't have felt a tad short changed.
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Page after page after page of watercolors. . . very disappointing when I was expecting a cornucopia of candid photos of the Beales and photos of their home and memorabilia. Waaaay overpriced!
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Fantastic look into the life of Little Edie. This book by Walter Newkirk and his CD as well, give a personal view of Little Edie. Little Edie Live! A Visit To Grey Gardens Both the book and CD show a less quirky and more realistic view of the real woman. It's like those little moments of clarity you see in all other videos or even the stage play, extended into a real life-long relationship with a young man. I was really touched by her impressions of America after 911. The way she was able to pick up a friendship with Walter after being out of touch for years, shows her sincerity. Those of us who are Edie fans, know she was more than a character, she really had a tragically beautiful life. Her devotion to her mother and her free spirit should inspire all of us to find the "Little Edie" in us all. I purchased a few copies for friends and have only been thanked and praised with positive comments. This book is almost like peeking into a personal diary and learning those little secrets that make a person so human and vulnerable. We can all relate to that.
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I really love this book. I'm a relatively new "fan" of the Beales ~ little Edie in particular, thanks to Showtime bringing Grey Gardens back into their lineup last winter. I think Mr. Newkirk has done an excellent job in putting this scrapbook together. Up until I obtained this book, I had no idea about where Edie had gone after 1976. Information on the Beales is rather scant. I doubt if many people knew about them until the age of premium cable and the internet, so not much was written about little Edie's later life. Thank goodness for dedicated fans like Mr. Newkirk. I have no criticism whatsoever. A few people weren't fond of the water colors, but I think they fleshed the scrapbook out and I was just happy to get all the info on Edie that was available. After all, how many people ever became her good friend?? Thank you Mr. Newkirk!
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I found the book informative. It was short, that's for sure, but I felt like I had received into about how Little Edie had become. It was great seeing her handwriting and the composition of her letters. I also enjoyed the pictures in the book. Good book.
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It was good but way too expensive for what you get. Took forever to get !!
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the water colors are wonderful! the book shows that Little Edie had a life after "Grey Gardens"...she helped her mother and then went on with her life...everyone has a choice... the book shows the ending of a great gal!!!
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