11.08.2006

Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

I loved Cheaper by the Dozen.
And Belles on their Toes.

Ernestine Gilbreth Carey died on Saturday at age 98.

If you've only seen the horrid remake movie, do yourself a big favor.
Read the books.

Efficiently of course.

21 comments:

The Unpretentious Writer said...

I remember staying up until past midnight when I was little, curled up in the top bunk reading 'Cheaper By the Dozen'. She will be missed.

Dragonet2 said...

Waaah! I re-read Cheaper by the Dozen until it disintegrated.

This has been a year of losing our Old Ones (Wilson "Bob" Tucker was the closest and most recent... I knew him well and loved him dearly), But I had no idea she was still alive! My what a long life, what an interesting childhood.

Annika said...

Two of my favorite books. Sadly, I had no idea she was still alive.

Anonymous said...

I loved those books. And the first movie wasn't bad, either -- I learned to do a 3 minute shower from that movie and have used it ever since. Hurrah for efficency experts.

ORION said...

Oh I LOVED those books.
I am so bummed. I loved the old OLD movie.
I was so annoyed about the new one...
I still have my copies.

Seneca the Younger said...

Minimize your therbligs.

M@ said...

Cheaper by the Dozen was continuous fare for my family throughout the early years, too. I'm pleased to hear I'm not alone.

I'm also pleased that I still have a copy. I'll dig it out again soon I think.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful look at an era gone forever, but thankfully available to us through her words.

THAT'S why I love writing.

Gina Black said...

I loved loved loved those books. Read read read them. Over and over and over. Thanks for letting us know of her passing. I would have missed it.

Kristi said...

I've always been tempted to time my little ones brushing their teeth and getting ready in the morning...but then I'd check out Miss Snark instead.

So sad for the Gilbreth clan...and I'd take loverly Myrna Loy over what's her name any day.

December Quinn said...

My third copy of Cheaper is falling apart...oh, I love that book!

How sad.

Kimber An said...

So far, I've successfully dodged the movie. With very few exceptions, the book is always better. In this case, the movie stunk to the high heavens!

Wirdald said...

Both books are fabulous. I read them because of my mom's recommendation. However, the original versions of the film are also very well done and true to the book.

The newest movie version with Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt, well, I left the theater absolutely furious, but after rewatching it at home, I decided that it was a relatively cute, harmless family film. Its greatest flaw was that the producers had the audacity to call it "Cheaper by the Dozen." There wasn't a single resemblance to the books except for the fact that they had 12 kids!

susan said...

Don't forget the original movies from the 1950s. Charming period pieces

http://imdb.com/title/tt0042327/
http://imdb.com/title/tt0044410/

Aimee said...

Awwwww. My sixth grade teacher read us BOTH those books -- every day after recess she'd read another chapter or two. Great great stories.

~Nancy said...

The original 1950 version:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0042327/

It stars Myrna Loy (The Thin Man movies; The Best Years of Our Lives, among others), Clifton Webb (Laura, etc.), and Jeanne Crain. This version was quite fun (I didn't bother going to see the 2003 version; why mess with this something that good?).

I hadn't realized she was still alive. Wonderful movie - and it's set in New Jersey of all places! ;-)

~JerseyGirl

HawkOwl said...

Amen! And yeah, I didn't know she was still alive, either. Thanks for the news.

Anonymous said...

Good lord, woman! Why didn't you tell me your hair was red?

Laurie said...

While Ernestine's father Frank rather famously died in his early 50s, her mother Lillian lived to be 96.

Something like four of the Gilbreth children died this year.

Anonymous said...

My favorite, from the puns the father used to teach Morse code:
Two maggots were fighting in dead Ernest.

Beth said...

I still have my copy of Cheaper By the Dozen. It is one of my favorite childhood books.