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Frank Beardsley
Press Democrat ^ | 12/16/2012 | CHRIS SMITH

Posted on 12/16/2012 1:13:33 PM PST by Borges

Frank Beardsley, the resourceful and military-disciplined father of 20 whose blended family inspired a book and two Hollywood movies titled “Yours, Mine and Ours,” died Tuesday at a Santa Rosa hospital.

Beardsley, who co-raised his family in a great, orderly house in Carmel and retired to the Valley of the Moon in the mid-1980s, was 97.

His third wife, Dorothy Beardsley of Kenwood, was at his bedside when he died at Memorial Hospital. Though his name and story were known by millions, she said, the devoted golfer and Roman Catholic she married in Sonoma County 12 years ago “led a private life.”

Frank Beardsley's life became anything but that when, as a 45-year-old widowed father of 10 children, he married Helen North, a widowed mother of 8, in September of 1961. They adopted each other's children and gave birth to two more.

The first movie about their family, made in 1968 and starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, suggested that the Beardsley kids and the North kids initially resisted the marriage.

Mere fiction, said Susie Pope of Napa, whose was 8 when her dad married Helen North.

“In real truth,” said Pope, who runs a Napa Valley bed-and-breakfast with her husband, Ken, “all of us kids were so excited about the union of our parents that we actually got them to bump up their wedding date by several months, because we couldn't wait that long.”

The wedding produced a Catholic family with 18 children the youngest only a few months old and oldest 15 years. With the births of two new arrivals, there were 12 girls, 8 boys.

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1 posted on 12/16/2012 1:13:39 PM PST by Borges
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To: NYer

Ping


2 posted on 12/16/2012 1:25:53 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Borges

Wow I didn’t know he was a real person. That movie is one of my all time favorites. RIP Frank


3 posted on 12/16/2012 1:33:14 PM PST by funfan
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To: funfan

4 posted on 12/16/2012 1:37:22 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Borges

I loved that movie as a kid. As soon as I could find it on DVD I bought it so my kids could watch it. I didn’t like the remake as much but enjoyed it.

Another favorite was “With Six You Get Eggroll”? I think that was the name of it. I haven’t been able to find it on DVD. I’ve also been looking for another one I enjoyed as a kid/teen, “The Impossible Years.”


5 posted on 12/16/2012 1:41:51 PM PST by Twink
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To: Borges
In July of 1967 I was on board U.S.S. Enterprise coming home from WestPac and Yankee Station.

They heloed Henry Fonda out to us so he could stand on a wing of the bridge and wave to Lucille Ball as we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge.

I was on the flight deck about midships standing next to a huffer unit.If I look real close whenever I see this old movie I can pick myself out.

For all these years I've told everybody that I was in a Hollywood movie with Henry Fonda.

Well,it's true isn't it?

6 posted on 12/16/2012 1:41:51 PM PST by oldsalt (There's no such thing as a free lunch.)
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To: knarf

Amazing


7 posted on 12/16/2012 1:56:05 PM PST by funfan
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To: Borges

The book was titled “Who Gets the Drumstick?”. I’ll have to put it on my reading list for this winter and watch the movie again too.


8 posted on 12/16/2012 4:12:43 PM PST by SuzyQueIN
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To: SuzyQueIN

http://www.amazon.com/Who-gets-drumstick-Beardsley-family/dp/B0007FR76S


9 posted on 12/16/2012 4:22:27 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps
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To: SuzyQueIN

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Who%20Gets%20the%20Drumstick?


10 posted on 12/16/2012 4:23:59 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps
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To: GreenLanternCorps

Luckily I already have this in my home library. I picked it up at our local library’s used book sale about 25 years ago; probably paid 50 cents.


11 posted on 12/16/2012 4:30:17 PM PST by SuzyQueIN
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To: Twink

Boy,talk about bringing back memories. As a kid I remember seeing all of those movies you mentioned. They were all good family films. I last caught “With Six You Get Eggroll”, a couple of years ago on TCM. Hadn’t seen it in years and years. Brian Keith was still great.


12 posted on 12/16/2012 4:36:21 PM PST by nicksaunt
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To: Borges

Rest in peace, Frank. This is one of my all-time favorite movies. I have it on DVD.


13 posted on 12/16/2012 4:52:39 PM PST by ContraryMary (Obama -- Inept and Out of His Depth)
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To: Borges

RIP Mr. Beardsley.

Thanks for posting this. I loved that movie, we didn’t got to too many when I was a kid, so that one was special. I still remember the scene where the dad was making the bologna sandwiches for the kids’ lunches, dealing everything out like in a card game.

Here’s a true story about Lucille Ball: my friend’s brother got lost at the NY World’s Fair and got found by Lucy in her limo! She took good care of him and got him reunited with his family. It seems she was a very down to earth person.


14 posted on 12/16/2012 6:21:43 PM PST by jocon307
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To: oldsalt

That’s very cool!


15 posted on 12/16/2012 6:23:54 PM PST by jocon307
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To: nicksaunt

Ihaven’t seen that one in years. Decades actually. I wish I could buy the DVD. Same with “The Impossible Years” - it’s a movie that transends time.


16 posted on 12/16/2012 7:31:16 PM PST by Twink
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To: Borges

RIP.


17 posted on 12/17/2012 12:38:01 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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