Sometimes things are not what they seem to be. We’ve all experienced that in one way or another. Tom (Beardsley) North grew up in the family made famous by Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda who played the parents in the movie “Yours, Mine and Ours.” It was one of those “perfect families” you see on the big screen—a story patterned after the Beardsleys. The family was portrayed as a comical and harmonious blend of Helen North’s eight children, Frank Beardsley’s ten children and two of “their children” as only Hollywood could contrive. But the movie and reality were far apart. Tom tells what it was really like living in that famous but abusive family. It is his hope that he can help others who have survived or are involved in abusive situations. Tom’s is a story of survival, hope and triumph at its best.
Tom North is a successful financial advisor, author and inspirational speaker. As the 11th of the 20 Beardsley children made famous in the film “Yours, Mine and Ours,” Tom had firsthand experience of what it was really like to grow up in the famous family in Carmel, California. His book, True North – The Shocking Truth about “Yours, Mine and Ours” has won a Living Now Award Gold Medal, is Recommended Reading by the Washington Times, has garnered rave reviews by Writer’s Digest and is an Amazon Best Seller. Tom North appears on radio and television programs, and is a keynote speaker at organizations, companies, universities and conferences. He is an Official National Sponsor of National CASA.
I recommend that you watch the movie,”Your’s Mine and Ours” so you can understand better what Tom is talking about. You can see it on Amazon, Vudu and Hulu, if you subscribe to any of those services.