|Birth: ||Feb. 13, 1922|
New York County
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 3, 1994|
New York, USA
He was a prominent American lawyer. Beale was a son of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and Phelan Beale, Sr. He was known as "Buddy" to his friends and family. His mother (big Edie) and sister's, Edith Bouvier Beale (little Edie) lives were highlighted in the documentary "Grey Gardens". He was also a first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill.
Bouvier Beale was born in New York City, New York and was the youngest son of this prominent family. He grew up at the family's estate known as "Grey Gardens" at 3 West End Road in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood in East Hampton on Long Island, New York. He attended Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut. Unlike his sister and elder brother, Phelan Beale, Jr., Bouvier Beale followed in his grandfather and father's footsteps by attending Yale Law School and establishing his own law firm in New York-Walker and Beale (late Walker, Beale, Wainwright, and Wolf).
In 1942 he 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. 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.
Bouvier and Katharine had three sons: Bouvier Beale, Jr., Nicholas Beale and Christopher Prince Beale. The family resided in the historic 1906 Italian Renaissance-styled home "Cedarcroft" in Glen Gove on Long Island, and in 1971, built their summer home in Bridgehampton, Long Island.
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 Garden" 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 is nothing new-Mother is the original hippie." After his first cousins Jacqueline Bouvier 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.
Although he was raised a Roman Catholic by his mother, Beale became an atheist or nihilist in his adulthood.
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. His sister, Edith Bouvier Beale, "little Edie" was laid to rest beside him.
Phelan Beale (1881 - 1956)
Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (1894 - 1977)
Katherine Ridgely Jones Beale (1922 - 1994)*
Locust Valley Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Mary Renaud
Record added: Jun 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38192072