Tom North

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Book Details:
July 2013
356 Pages
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-615-41637-3
Published by True North Productions, LLC



Tom North (Carmel, CA)

Domestic violence and child abuse survivor, prevention advocate, inspirational speaker

Award-winning author of True North: The Shocking Truth about “Yours, Mine and Ours”


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  • Tom North, the 11th of 20 children depicted in the 1968 film “Yours, Mine and Ours” starring Lucile Ball and Henry Fonda, opens up about a closely-guarded family secret in his autobiographical book True North.
  • While the film portrayed an all-American picture of the famous blended Beardsley family, Tom explains a darker version was the reality—Frank Beardsley was a violent abuser toward his children physically, emotionally and sexually.
  • From his real-life experience growing up in the Beardsley home, today he speaks as a child abuse and domestic violence survivor.  His goal is to raise awareness of all forms of child abuse and domestic violence, and the devastating effects it can have on health, human spirit and life itself.
  • He is committed to helping people realize their true identity and their potential for healing, emphasizing that it IS possible to take the broken pieces of a life and put them back together again, and to become a happy person.
  • Tom is an Official Supporter of National CASA for Children.


Tom North is one of the eight North children, who together with the ten Beardsley children, became the family that was featured in the 1968 film, “Yours, Mine and Ours,” starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, and again in the 2005 version starring Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid.

The award-winning book begins in the 1950s on Whidbey Island, Washington, where Tom’s mother, Helen North, became a widow when she was just 30 years old and pregnant with her eighth child. Not long after, Helen North met and married Frank Beardsley, a man with ten children and the North children were adopted and their names changed to Beardsley.

But it wasn’t one big happy family, as the movie depicted. When Tom finally left home, he traveled on a journey of survival, self-discovery, and healing. Years later, he miraculously led his family in counseling sessions where shocking truths were revealed. Tom came full circle as he reclaimed his father’s name and was finally, True North.


  • The health damages, physical, emotional and mental, that are caused by Adverse Child Experiences, such as the trauma of child abuse and domestic violence, are well documented in an NIH study. Tom explains the implications and seriousness of this dangerous, growing epidemic.
  • The power of TM (Transcendental Meditation) in healing. TM is a proven technique for reducing stress caused by trauma of child abuse and domestic violence. (He also tributes his healing to the therapeutic program “Breakthrough for Men.”)
  • What happened when Tom’s family got a call from Lucille Ball about making “The Great American Sitcom”
  • “The myth of the movie” that made the Beardsley/North clan internationally famous
  • In light of recent Woody Allen headlines, Tom discusses the issue of denial among families where domestic violence is present.
  • How victims can find help

“My mission is to reach out to people who feel isolated, or misunderstood in the world and help them understand that they are not alone, and that their feelings may well be related to experiences they had in their early lives where they felt victimized by those who had greater power than they did. Those experiences may have caused great pain. I want people to understand they are not alone and that most everyone feels the same way. The more they experience their own divinity and essential nature, the more they will actually relate to humanity and see the beauty in the world, and not the pain.” – Tom North

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