Though "Little" Edie Beale was not a classic Hollywood star, I think she could have been if her high society roots had not constrained her in her youth. She certainly loved to perform, as she demonstrated with copious amounts of singing and dancing in the documentaries Gray Gardens (1976) and The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006). It always made me happy to know that she finally did get to sing her heart out in a cabaret act once her beloved mother passed on.
This is my favorite clip from Grey Gardens. I can't help but admire a woman with such strong and unique convictions about fashion!