For many years, people asked Tom North what it was really like to grow up in the family he was part of.
What they were asking was, was it really like in that movie, “Yours, Mine and Ours”?
Tom North is one of the eight North children, who, together with the ten Beardsley children, became the family which was featured first in the 1968 film starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, and again in the 2005 remake starring Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid.
But Tom North always felt conflicted when people would ask him what it was really like, because he knew they wanted to hear that, gee, it was just like in the movie.
It wasn’t just like in the movie.
In his new book “True North” Tom explains what life WAS like in the Beardsley household, and it is, he says, the polar opposite of that sweet Lucille Ball – Henry Fonda flick.
Tom’s stepfather was violent and abusive, and created a life of intimidation, confusion, turmoil, fear and depression for all the North children. All hope seemed lost as Tom realized that he was caught in a prison and there was no way out. But maybe there was ….
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Did Lucille Ball sense what the Beardsley household was really like? Tom North writes that….
“While she was researching her role as Helen North Beardsley, Lucille Ball actually came to observe us for a few days, in order to get a flavor for the characters. At the end of Lucy’s first day in Frank’s presence, she approached my mother and in a serious, almost threatening tone admonished her, “You keep that man away from me.” She left and stayed at the Lodge in Pebble Beach for the duration of her visit.”
Much more on Tom’s website www.truenorthbytomnorth.com.by