Edith Bouvier Beale was born on the day the Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace of the Tsar of Russia, which initiated the biggest and most far reaching revolution of the Twentieth Century. This seems an apt metaphor and an appropriate starting point.

Bouvier Beale, Jr., in the intro to an upcoming photoretrospective of Grey Gardens (i love how this story is milked annually for more content, btw)