On january 28 1981 chris and jackie had a son christopher jarrett gardner jr. After 3 years the marriage failed and chris left to start a new life with his new girlfriend jackie medina.
That book was the story of my life but i ve always thought of it as the book of us meaning everyone who had every opportunity to quit but didn t.
Chris gardner story. When chris gardner and his young son were sleeping rough on the floor of a public toilet he could never have dreamt that his life story would be turned into a hit hollywood movie. He has a stepsister ophelia from his mother s earlier marriage and two half siblings kimberly and sharon from bettye s third husband freddie triplett. This is the real story behind the movie.
I m an entrepreneur single parent and the author of the pursuit of happyness. He even reported chris s mom to the authorities and had her despatched to jail. Chris gardner is an american stockbroker businessman motivational speaker author and philanthropist.
As a five year old gardner s son was just a toddler at the time. Chris was born to bettye jean gardner and thomas turner on february 9 1954 in milwaukee wisconsin. Triplett was abusive to his spouse and kids.
Certain details and events that actually took place over the span of several years were compressed into a relatively short time and although eight year old jaden portrayed chris jr. Christopher paul gardner was born on february 9 1954 in milwaukee wisconsin. Chris gardner s yearlong struggle with homelessness and fatherhood was depicted in the 2006 film the pursuit of happyness.
The movie took some liberties with gardner s true life story. The life of chris gardner is surely one made for the big screen as he once struggled with financial problems and homelessness while raising his toddler son christopher gardner jr. She was an educational expert in mathematics.
He had an absent father and his mom bettye jean married a man named freddie triplett somebody who would deeply mark chris s life. The movie the pursuit of happyness depicts chris gardner s son christopher jaden smith as a 5 year old. We all embrace the power of choice.
The real chris gardner was okay with this dramatic liberty taken by the filmmakers i understood that. His childhood was removed from being a fairy story. In reality chris gardner s son was only two years old when the film s plot unfolded in real life.
Chris gardner married sherry dyson from virginia on june 18 1977. This is the real story behind the movie.