Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

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Ernestine Moller Gilbreth Carey
Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.jpg
Born (1908-04-05)April 5, 1908
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died November 4, 2006(2006-11-04) (aged 98)
Fresno, California, U.S.
Education Smith College
Known for co-author, Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes
Spouse(s) Charles Everett Carey
Parents Lillian Moller Gilbreth
Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr.
Relatives Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr., brother

Ernestine Moller Gilbreth, Mrs. Carey[1] (April 5, 1908 – November 4, 2006) was an American author.

Life and career[edit]

Born in New York City,[1] she was the daughter of Lillian Moller Gilbreth and Frank Bunker Gilbreth, early 20th-century pioneers of time and motion study and what would now be called organizational behavior. She grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. The upbringing of the twelve Gilbreth children was chronicled in the successful, comic memoir Cheaper by the Dozen (1948, adapted in a 1950 film). The book, as well as a sequel, Belles on Their Toes (1952), was written by Carey with one of her younger brothers, Frank.

Carey was a graduate of Smith College and worked as a department store buyer and manager for fourteen years. In 1930, she married Charles Everett Carey, Sr., with whom she had two children, Lillian Carey Barley (b. 1938) and Charles Everett Carey, Jr., (b. 1942). She was the author of several other books, including Rings Around Us, an account of the events that happened from the night she met her future husband, "Chick" Carey, to the night the two watched their daughter dance the Charleston as a high school freshman. Carey resided in Reedley, California.

She died of natural causes in Fresno, California, aged 98, on November 4, 2006.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cheaper by the Dozen (with Frank Gilbreth Jr.)
  • Belles on Their Toes (with Frank Gilbreth Jr.)
  • Jumping Jupiter
  • Rings Around Us
  • Giddy Moment

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Current Biography Yearbook, H.W. Wilson Company, 1950 
  2. ^ Leimbach, Dulcie (November 6, 2006). "Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, 98, Author of Childhood Memoir, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-09. "Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, who, with a younger brother, wrote Cheaper by the Dozen, the account of their growing up in a family of 12 children that led to several movies of the same name, died on Saturday in Fresno, California. She was 98 and lived in Reedley, California. Her death was confirmed by her son, Charles E. Carey, Jr." 

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