The TRUE story behind ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’

I’m watching the Steve Martin “Cheaper By The Dozen” (2003) movie for the first time.

It’s interesting that very few people know the original movie, made in 1950, was a true story.

It chronicled the lives of the Gilbreth family.  Frank Gilbreth, Sr., was a pioneer in the field of motion study, and often used his family as guinea pigs (with amusing and sometimes embarrassing results).

Lillian Gilbreth (mother of the clan) was a founding partner of Gilbreth Inc., a consulting firm that worked with countless American industries between 1910 and 1924, took over her husband’s work after his passing, and was named American “Woman of the Year” in 1948.

Here’s to men and women like the Gilbreths who, despite overwhelming odds, create a loving home for their children and become role models for us all.

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