Weird History

Jackie Kennedy's Cousins Went From Wealth To Squalor In The Biggest Fall From Grace Ever

Before the 1950s, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale were members of an affluent family. But it all came crashing down after a divorce tore them apart. Known as Big Edie and Little Edie, the two were incredibly attached to one another. When Big Edie fell ill in 1952, Little Edie, age 35, moved in with her - sealing their fates.

The pair owned a lavish estate called Grey Gardens, which fell into disrepair when they could no longer afford the upkeep. The mother-daughter duo barely scraped together enough money to feed themselves, much less the hundreds of stray animals occupying their home. The Beales relied on financial help from close relative and former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to avoid eviction, but the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens revealed their wretched living conditions.

The tale of Big Edie and Little Edie serves as yet another dark chapter in the Kennedy family's story.