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'Cheaper by the Dozen' Author Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

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Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

FRESNO, California -- Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, whose lighthearted memoir, "Cheaper by the Dozen," detailed the frenentic life of a family with 12 children and inspired several films, died on Saturday, November 4 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.

Her parents management expertize focused on the science of motion study and industrial efficiencies. Carey was one of twelve children, six boys and six girls. They include: Anne, Mary (Died in 1912), Ernestine, Martha, Frank Jr., Willim (Bill), Lillian (Lill), Fred, Daniel (Dan), John (Jack), Robert (Bob) and Jane.

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Lillian and Frank Gilbreth with eleven of their twelve children

Despite all the fun written about growing up in a large family, none of the Gilbreth children chose to continue the tradition. They all had modest families: Anne, Frank, Fred, Dan and Jack each had three children. Ernestine, Bill, Lillian, Bob and Jane each had two and Martha led the pack with four children. All totaled, there were 29 grandchildren for Carey's mother, Lillian Gilbreth.

"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. The siblings also co-wrote "Belles on Their Toes," which was also turned into a film.

Carey was born on April 4, 1908. Carey was a graduate of Smith College, worked as a department store buyer. She was married to Charles E. Carey and had only two children herself after taking care of younger siblings for much of her life when her father died while she was still a teenager. The third of the family's 12 children, Carey outlived nine of her siblings.

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'Cheaper by the Dozen' Author Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

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Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

FRESNO, California -- Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, who teamed up with a younger brother to write "Cheaper by the Dozen," the bestselling book that lightheartedly chronicled their life growing up in a family of 12 children in the early part of the 20th century, died of natural causes on Saturday, November 4. She was 98.

Carey, who lived in Reedley, California, died at a hospital in Fresno, said her son, Charles Carey Jr."Cheaper by the Dozen," which Carey wrote with her brother Frank Gilbreth Jr., was published in 1948. The fact-based novel about the Gilbreth brood

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