A story of a runaway, sexual identity, and survival in the wake of loss.
Part one of this two-part episode follows Jerry Torre – well known for his appearance in the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens. As a child he ran from his home in Brooklyn and began working as a gardener for the wealthy in East Hampton, NY. While there he stumbles upon the now-famous Grey Gardens property and begins regularly staying with the Beales, helping maintain the property and becoming friends with the two women. At the same time he begins to discover his own sexuality, traveling back to Manhattan and immersing himself in the gay community at various bath houses and late night clubs.
Following the passing of the Edith Beale, Jerry is given an opportunity to travel overseas – becoming the gardener for the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh.
Photos by Sara Macel.
You can find out more about Jerry’s new book, “The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens,” over at Querelle Press.