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Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Born April 4, 1908(1908-04-04)
Montclair, New Jersey
Died November 4, 2006 (aged 98)
Fresno, California
Education Smith College
Known for Cheaper by the Dozen
Children Charles E. Carey
Parents Lillian Moller Gilbreth
Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr.
Relatives Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr., brother

Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (April 4, 1908 - November 4, 2006) was an American author.



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 titled 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. In 1930, she married Charles E. Carey, Sr., with whom she had two children, Lillian Carey Barley (b.1938) and Charles E Carey, Jr., (b.1942). In addition to the two volumes co-authored with her brother (the other was Belles on Their Toes), she was the author of several other books as well, 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 on November 4, 2006 of natural causes in Fresno, California, aged 98.[1]


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


  1. ^ "Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, 98, Author of Childhood Memoir, Dies". New York Times. November 6, 2006. 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, Calif. Her death was confirmed by her son, Charles E. Carey, Jr."  

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