Bouvier Beale (February 13, 1922 – May 3, 1994) was a
prominent American lawyer. Beale was a son of Edith Ewing Bouvier
Beale and a brother of
Edith Bouvier Beale
Edith Bouvier Beale whose lives were
highlighted in the documentary Grey Gardens. Beale was a first cousin
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill.
1 Early life
2 Marriage and children
4 Religious beliefs
5 Grey Gardens
Beale was born on February 13, 1922, in New York City, New York. He
was the youngest son of
Phelan Beale Sr. and his wife Edith Ewing
Bouvier Beale (known as "Big Edie"). Beale grew up at Grey Gardens
at 3 West End Road in the wealthy
Georgica Pond neighborhood in East
Hampton on Long Island. Beale was known as "Buddy" to his friends and
family. He attended Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut.
Unlike his sister and elder brother
Phelan Beale Jr., Beale followed
in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by attending Yale Law
School and establishing his own law firm in New York—Walker and
Beale (later Walker, Beale, Wainwright and Wolf).
Marriage and children
Beale married Katharine Ridgely Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Nicholas Ridgely Jones of New York and Glen Cove, at St. Johns
Episcopal Church of Lattingtown in 1942. Beale's brother Phelan
was his best man for the ceremony. Beale's ceremony was half over
when his mother Big Edie arrived, dressed like an opera star.
Beale and Katharine had three sons:
Bouvier Beale Jr.
Christopher Prince Beale
Beale and his family resided in the historic 1906 Italian
Renaissance-styled home Cedarcroft in Glen Cove on Long Island, and in
1971, built their summer home in Bridgehampton.
Beale spent his weekends and summers on
Long Island at the Piping Rock
Club, Jones Beach, and Bridgehampton.
Beale was raised a Roman Catholic by his mother, but was an atheist or
nihilist in his adulthood. It was Beale's belief that Karl Marx
"had it right about religion."
Despite a successful career in law, Beale was best known for playing
an active role in trying to persuade his mother Big Edie and sister
Little Edie to vacate and sell their
Grey Gardens estate in East
Hampton. He and his brother Phelan refused to pay for the home's
utilities and upkeep in order to cause the women to leave the
dilapidated mansion. After the Suffolk County Health Department
raided the mansion on October 22, 1971, Sidney Beckwith of the health
department contacted Beale to convey the report of his inspection.
Beale responded, “Mr. Beckwith, you’ve described it very well, but
it’s nothing new—Mother is the original hippie." After his
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and
Lee Radziwill came to the
aid of Big Edie and Little Edie by having the mansion repaired and
cleaned to meet health, sanitation, and building codes, Beale
reluctantly paid the back property taxes on the estate.
Beale died on May 3, 1994, in Glen Cove. His funeral service was
held at St. Johns Episcopal Church of Lattingtown in Locust Valley on
Long Island. His eulogy was given by his son, Christopher Beale.
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