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Kylie’s Beale Deal

Grey Gardening.


If Broadway shows had stalkers, Grey Gardens’ might be Kylie Minogue. Last Wednesday, the pop star stopped by the Walter Kerr Theatre with friend Sandra Bernhard to tell star Christine Ebersole about living through her own version of the Bouvier Beale life, minus the squalor, of course. While stricken with breast cancer in 2005 and 2006, Minogue spent her days shut in with her mom, swathed in Edie-like headscarves, and watched the original 1975 documentary, which she now says she’s seen over a hundred times. In fact, her first photo shoot after her cancer treatment was an homage to Edie Beale in the U.K.’s Another Magazine. “That was a really wild connection!” says Ebersole. “She was living with her mother, and I guess she saw Edie as her protector, an indomitable spirit that she could use as her armor and strength when she needed it most.” Minogue confessed to knowing the entire movie, and therefore much of the play, by heart. Ebersole, although a fan—“She’s like Madonna!” she said—couldn’t return the obsession. “I really love that one song, but I can’t remember the name. La-la-la-la-la-la-la?”

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