Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, whose lighthearted memoir, “Cheaper by the Dozen,” detailed the frenetic life of a family with 12 children and inspired several films died Nov. 5 in Fresno. She was 98.

“Cheaper by the Dozen,” which Carey co-wrote with her brother Frank Gilbreth, became a bestseller 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.

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

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