‘Million Dollar Listing’: Josh Flagg Shares His Grandmother’s Advice to Being a Free Spirit

Josh Flagg from Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles used to frequently feature his grandmother Edith on the show. He and his beloved grandmother lived in the same building and often shared deep discussions about business but also about life.

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Edith Flagg passed away in 2014 at age 94 but her spirit lives on through her grandson. He often shares memories and tributes to the woman he referred to as his best friend. Most recently, he recalled a clip where the two had dinner, which often occurred weekly. His grandmother shared her secret to being a strong, independent woman.

During the dinner, Flagg listens intently as Edith shares her important advice. Flagg shared the video in an Instagram post and added a caption. “So this was my grandmother Edith’s secret to being a free spirit. Take notes ladies.”

What does it mean to be an independent woman?

“I’m the one person where everybody would trust me,” Edith shared during dinner. “Because I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do anything is against the law.” As Edith talks, Flagg takes it all in but then has a question. “How about sex?”

“Sex?” she asks. “The only sex that I’m in charge.” Flagg observes, “Ah, you’re a woman in charge.” She agrees, “That’s right.” But Flagg thinks his grandmother should have a boyfriend. However, Edith says, “I don’t want a boyfriend. I want to be free. I do this, I do that and don’t ask me where are you going or what are you doing. Forget it!” Flagg giggles in delight at the end of the clip.

Edith was a pioneering woman

Flagg had a good reason to share advice from his grandmother. She led an extraordinary life, spanning nine decades, filled with heartbreak, love, and triumph. When she passed away Flagg revealed that his grandmother was his entire world.  “I was my grandmother’s only grandchild and the center of her life, but she was the center of my universe,” he told Bravo’s The Daily Dish. “I am so grateful I got to hold her hand and place my head on her chest and tell her I loved her. She told me she adored me.”

She was also a pioneering woman. After surviving the Holocaust, Edith came to the United States and discovered a new fabric. As a fashion designer and entrepreneur, Edith was the brain behind making polyester popular. “As ugly as the stuff was, it was great,” Flagg told The Los Angeles Times.“It was good for my grandmother, and my family

On what would have been her 100th birthday, Flagg shared a memorial post where he offered more solid advice from his grandmother. “Today is Edith Flagg’s 100th birthday. People often ask me, ‘what’s the best advice someone ever gave you?’ And my answer is the advice I got from Edith. “Don’t bullshit.” If you know me, you know that I’ve taken that advice to heart. I’m not afraid to speak my mind. Sure sometimes it gets me into trouble, but I just say things like it is. And it’s gotten me this far, so it’s safe to say it works. Happy Birthday grandma. ❤️”