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American Express rents Grey Gardens for the summer

Grey Gardens in East Hampton was featured in

Grey Gardens in East Hampton was featured in a 1975 documentary. Credit: The Corcoran Group

The historic East Hampton home known as Grey Gardens has new tenants for the summer: American Express.

Heather Norton, the director of corporate affairs and communications for American Express, says the property will be used for Amex Card Member events throughout the summer. American Express is not disclosing the price of the rental, she adds.

Hamptons Real Estate Online shows that Grey Gardens was available for rent from Memorial Day to Labor Day for $275,000.

The nine-bedroom, 7 1⁄2-bathroom home was put on the market in February for the first time since 1979. The asking price, originally $19.995 million, has since been reduced to $17.995 million. The three-story, shingle-style home, built in 1897, sits on a 1.7-acre lot that includes a pool and tennis court. It is listed with Michael Schultz and Susan Ryan of The Corcoran Group.

Before being restored, the house was featured in a 1975 documentary as the run-down home of its eccentric inhabitants, Edith “Big Edie” Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Edith “Little Edie” Beale, the aunt and cousin respectively of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The documentary inspired an Emmy Award-winning HBO movie starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore and a Broadway musical. “Little Edie” sold the house in 1979 to longtime Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee and his wife, Sally Quinn, a Washington Post columnist. The two restored the house and property.

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