And apparently, after she moved back home, one day, Edie climbed up a tree, and set the remnants of her hair on fire. Joe Davis said he begged her not to do it, but she took out a lighter and – oh God, I cannot imagine the mental state you would have to be in to set fire to your own head.
Right, let’s dwell on that for a second – she climbed up a tree and set her head on fire. She set her head on fire.
That is why she was wearing all the turbans, not because she had a kitschy fashion sense. Think about this the next time an article in Vogue encourages you to adopt Edie Beale’s whimsical style of dressing. I mean, she did have a kitschy fashion sense, but she was not just making a cool statement wherein she woke up one morning and decided to wear a lot of turbans. Those were intended to cover her attempt at self immolation.
And afterwards, she locked herself up in Grey Gardens with only her mother for company and watched it crumble around her.