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Drew Barrymore should simply be given an Emmy. Her performance in HBO's Grey Gardens is the stuff of legend that mirrors her famous last name.
Grey Gardens, airing April 18 at 8 pm, is also equally fantastic because of the subtle and nuanced performance of Jessica Lange. Remember the two so lovey-dovey at the Golden Globe awards in January? Well, now we see why.
When two actors of any walk of life come together and create magic, it is a special bond full of electricity. Watching Barrymore and Lange as the famous Bouvier kin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy is dynamic television at its purest.
'My mother gave me a completely priceless life'Those are the iconic words of "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, a woman who in fact lived her life well beyond priceless.
As inhabited by Barrymore, "Little Edie" is equally commanding, compassionate and audaciously uncompromising.
Barrymore and Lange age over four decades. The demands on a performer to make those ions of time in the development of a persona seem believable in under two hours is immense. As "Big and Little Edie," Lange and Barrymore form an thespian twosome for the ages. With the help of an impeccable make-up staff, Grey Gardens evolves efficiently over those 40 years courtesy of Sucsy's even hand and Barrymore and Lange lighting up the screen.
Not the least of which is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, portrayed with subtle grace by Jeanne Tripplehorn. By doing so, the writer director brings a color to Grey Gardens that makes the shades of Grey ending all the more emotive.
We have always known the incredible promise that is Barrymore and she has often shown it.
But in Grey Gardens, Drew digs deep and the results are nothing less than priceless.
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