The Family Nobody Wanted

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The Family Nobody Wanted
Author Helen Doss
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Boston, Toronto Little Brown and Company
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The Family Nobody Wanted is a 1954 memoir by Helen Doss (née Grigsby). It retells the story of how Doss and her husband Carl, a Methodist minister, adopted twelve children of various ethnic backgrounds besides White Americans (Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Mexican, and Native American).[1] The couple appeared on a 1954 episode of You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx, where they talked about their story.

The story was featured in a 1956 episode of Playhouse 90 directed by a young John Frankenheimer and made into a 1975 TV movie starring Shirley Jones of The Partridge Family fame.


  1. ^ "The Family Nobody Wanted". Retrieved 2009-01-11. 

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