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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.
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That book was GREAT!! A simpler, better time!!
A good author will be missed.
Thanks for this thread, Dave.
I LOVED the book and the original movie!
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...
I didn't even know she was still ALIVE...
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."
I looked it up recently.
Amazing. I wonder how many other siblings are still living. I'll have to look for the book in the library.
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.
That's very efficient, I tell you.
Especially those civil engineers...
Interesting anecdote in the book is the visit to the mother from Planned Parenthood trying to enlist her support.
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.
Rest in Peace
Charming books, loved reading them. Well Ernestine got to 98, can't do much better than that. RIP
This was the first book that made me cry. What a wonderful writer she was.
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