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'Cheaper by the Dozen' author dead
CNN ^ | November 6, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 11/06/2006 3:06:02 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger

Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, whose lighthearted memoir, "Cheaper by the Dozen," detailed the frenentic life of a family with 12 children and inspired several films, has died.

Carey died Saturday of natural causes at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, her son Charles Carey Jr. said. She was 98.

"Cheaper by the Dozen," which Carey co-wrote with her brother Frank Gilbreth, became a best seller when it was published in 1948.

The book documented the adventures of the Gilbreth clan, which included six sons and six daughters and parents Lillian Moller Gilbreth and Frank Bunker Gilbreth, management experts who focused on the science of motion study and industrial efficiencies.

"Cheaper by the Dozen" was adapted into films starring Clifton Webb, Jeanne Crain and Myrna Loy in the early 1950s, and was remade in 2003 with Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. A sequel followed in 2005.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: cheaperbythedozen; literature
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If you've ever read the actual books, they are very well-written, and hilarious. The Steve Martin films are only VERY loosely-based on the story.
1 posted on 11/06/2006 3:06:03 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger
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That book was GREAT!! A simpler, better time!!


2 posted on 11/06/2006 3:09:52 PM PST by Suzy Quzy
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A good author will be missed.

Thanks for this thread, Dave.


3 posted on 11/06/2006 3:10:43 PM PST by Cindy
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I LOVED the book and the original movie!


4 posted on 11/06/2006 3:11:28 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: Suzy Quzy

I tend to think of it like I think of today. The best of times, the worst of times. The age of wisdom, and the age of foolishness. The epoch of belief and the epoch of incredulity...


5 posted on 11/06/2006 3:12:11 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm not paranoid. But everyone thinks I am.)
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I didn't even know she was still ALIVE...


6 posted on 11/06/2006 3:12:35 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm not paranoid. But everyone thinks I am.)
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I loved the book. Not so much the movie. It was so true to the book that it limited your imagination for the scenario of circumstances. The book was very much a situation-comedy, but as a book, had much more potential.

Still, had to love the acting when the little boy cried "Our daddy's dead."


7 posted on 11/06/2006 3:14:00 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm not paranoid. But everyone thinks I am.)
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I did.

I looked it up recently.


8 posted on 11/06/2006 3:14:03 PM PST by Cindy
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Wonderful books.

Terrible movies.


9 posted on 11/06/2006 3:14:36 PM PST by Palladin (Vote for Rick Santorum, a true prolife conservative!)
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Amazing. I wonder how many other siblings are still living. I'll have to look for the book in the library.


10 posted on 11/06/2006 3:17:43 PM PST by Tax-chick ("If we have no fear, Pentecost comes again." ~ Bishop William Curlin)
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This book changed my life. my dad explained to me at a young age what an "efficiency expert" is, and i have thought of everything since in terms of efficiency.


11 posted on 11/06/2006 3:17:52 PM PST by Toby06 (jon carry is a piece of s#it)
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That's very efficient, I tell you.


12 posted on 11/06/2006 3:20:26 PM PST by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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damn engineers.


13 posted on 11/06/2006 3:21:26 PM PST by Toby06 (jon carry is a piece of s#it)
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Especially those civil engineers...


14 posted on 11/06/2006 3:24:37 PM PST by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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I read it for the first time in our "Library" class in grade school. It made me laugh out loud which didn't sit real well with the school librarian.

Interesting anecdote in the book is the visit to the mother from Planned Parenthood trying to enlist her support.

15 posted on 11/06/2006 3:43:18 PM PST by stayathomemom
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There was a great song in the original movie, when the kids are cleaning and they start singing "I want to lazy". It was a good movie.
16 posted on 11/06/2006 3:55:00 PM PST by svcw
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I loved the book, read it as a child. The real family lived in Montclair and I lived in Glen Ridge right next to each other.


17 posted on 11/06/2006 4:04:29 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( barbaric with zero tolerance and dilligaf?)
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These were my favorite books when I was growing up. I read them over and over again!

Rest in Peace

18 posted on 11/06/2006 4:25:45 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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Charming books, loved reading them. Well Ernestine got to 98, can't do much better than that. RIP


19 posted on 11/06/2006 5:04:28 PM PST by pbear8 (Pray and vote. Vote and pray.)
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This was the first book that made me cry. What a wonderful writer she was.

God Bless.


20 posted on 11/06/2006 5:27:13 PM PST by lindor
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