The Maysles brothers filmed the documentary 30 years ago and it remains more real than any reality TV show ever could be. Little Edie and Big Edie are gone now but the house they lived in was completely renovated by Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, painted yellow and landscaped to perfection. They should have kept it grey, dammit. And how gorgeous was Little Edie when she was a debutante?
For some reason great beauty that sinks into madness is always so fascinating. You just don't expect it. You imagine their lives to be perfect, people heaping praise at their feet and lady luck is always on their side. I'll have to look it up, but were they ever diagnosed with anything? I'm guessing schizophrenia or Aspberger's Syndrome.