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After purchasing the rights to the book the film was based on, Lucille Ball became very close to the Beardsley's and even went as far as to treat the whole family to a vacation at Disneyland.
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During a Barbara Walters interview, Jane Fonda claimed that her father was deeply in love with Lucille Ball and that the two were "very close" during the filming of Yours, Mine and Ours (1968).
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The wedding invitation used in the movie is the actual wedding invitation designed by Frank Beardsley, husband of the real Helen Eileen Beardsley. The children's names are listed in their real-life birth order.
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Helen and Frank met a little differently than in the movie. In her book, "Who Gets The Drumstick?"after Helen moved to San Francisco, she wanted to honor her dead husband's wishes by enrolling her children in parochial school. She finally found a school run by a nun, Mother Superior Sister Mary Eleanor. As she was enrolling her children in the school, Helen told Sister Mary that she was a widow with eight children. Sister Mary then confided to Helen that she has a brother with ten children who recently lost his wife to complications from diabetes. Helen asked Sister for Frank Beardsley's address and she sent Frank a copy of a prayer that she clipped out which gave comfort on dealing with a loss of a spouse. Encouraged by her brother and sister, Helen went on a batch of unsuccessful blind dates. When a friend's husband died, Helen wanted to send her a copy of the prayer that she sent Frank. She wrote to Frank asking for a copy of the prayer. Frank sent it back and a correspondence immediately began between Helen and Frank which finally led to another blind date. This time sparks flew between them.
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Lucille Ball co-produced the film under her company, Desilu Productions. When the film became a surprise smash hit grossing over $17 million on a $2.5 million investment, she became furious about it. She hadn't anticipated the film's huge box-office success and failed to provide a tax shelter for her personal profits, resulting in most of her share going in taxes.
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The commercial success of Yours, Mine and Ours led ABC and Paramount Studios to green-light The Brady Bunch (1969).
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Tim Matheson and Jennifer Leak (who played the eldest children) married the year the film was released.
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Henry Fonda and Van Johnson had both co-starred with Lucille Ball once before: Fonda in The Big Street (1942) and Johnson in Easy to Wed (1946).
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The Doctor, Tom Bosley, and Tracy Nelson, who was only an infant in this movie, would eventually team up 21 years later to co-star in Father Dowling Mysteries (1989).
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Based upon the real story of Helen Eileen Beardsley and her husband.
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The real Helen and Frank Beardsley had two children following their marriage: Joe and Helen.
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Mike, the oldest son on the Beardsley side, joins the Marines at the end of the film. In real life, Tim Matheson served in the USMC reserves.
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When the television show, The Brady Bunch (1969) was in the beginning phases of production, the makers of "Yours, Mine and Ours" threatened to sue claiming that the concept was too similar to their own. The threat was withdrawn, however, when Brady Bunch producer Sherwood Schwartz countered the action with documentation that his original script was shown to have a copyright date before that of the movie. The final evidence that halted any legal proceedings was the fact that the original Brady Bunch title, according to the original draft of Schwartz's script, was "Yours and Mine."
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Frank Beardsley passed away in December 2012 at the age of 97.
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The real Helen Eileen Beardsley appeared on To Tell the Truth (1956) where she related her story to the panel.
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Helen Eileen Beardsley (who wrote the book Who Gets the Drumsticks? on which this was based) died 26 April 2000, aged 70, Healdsburg, California, USA (Parkinson's disease).
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The baby born at the end of the movie is Joseph John Beardsley. He was born in the early hours of 14 July 1962.
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The wedding scene was filmed in the old Mission Dolores church in San Francisco, California, directly next door to the large, modern church built after the 1906 earthquake. Services are seldom held in the old church, which is more of a tourist attraction.
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Loosely based on the book 'Who Gets the Drumstick?' Similar to The Sound of Music (1965), there were a lot of changes made for the movie whereas in the actual book and real life, the children had a better liking to each other right away. Also, Frank and Helen actually had two children together.
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