February 13, 1922
New York City, New York
|Died||May 3, 1994(aged 72)|
|Residence||Cedarcroft, Glen Cove, New York|
|Citizenship||United States of America|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Spouse(s)||Katharine Ridgely Jones|
|Children||Bouvier Beale, Jr.
Christopher Prince Beale
|Parents||Phelan Beale, Sr.
Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale
|Relatives||brother of Edith Bouvier Beale and Phelan Beale, Jr.
first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill
Bouvier Beale (13 February 1922 – 3 May 1994) was a prominent American lawyer. Beale was a son of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and a brother of Edith Bouvier Beale whose lives were highlighted in the documentary Grey Gardens. Beale was a first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill.
Beale was born on 13 February 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.
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 22 October 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 first cousins Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill came to the aid of Big 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 3 May 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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- Grey Gardens Online (2009). "Other Staunch Characters". Grey Gardens Online. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- Corine Cohen. "Interview with Chris Beale". Corine's Corner. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- Debbie Tuma (September 5, 2008). "Who's Here: Eva Marie Beale — Author". Dan's Hamptons. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- Dr. Horace Donegan (5 Jan 2007). "Marriage of Bouvier Beale & Katharine Jones ~ 1942". Rootsweb . Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- Gail Sheehy (January 10, 1972). "The Secret of Grey Gardens". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- GeneAll.net. "Bouvier Beale". GeneAll.net. Retrieved 2009-05-02.