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Karolyn Grimes

At age 6, Karolyn Grimes played the role of Zuzu Bailey in the holiday film It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Her childhood film career spanned 16 movies, but she is best remembered for playing the daughter of George and Mary Bailey (James Stewart and Donna Reed). The petals from her rose symbolize the values of family, friends and life itself in the ... See full bio »

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Known For

It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life Bailey Child - Zuzu
The Bishop's Wife
The Bishop's Wife Debby Brougham
Rio Grande
Rio Grande Margaret Mary
Blue Skies
Blue Skies Mary Elizabeth Adams


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 2016 Cassandra's Castle (TV Series) (pre-production)
Sister Bernadice
- Messenger ... Sister Bernadice
- Roots of Rebellion ... Sister Bernadice
 1953 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
 1952 Hans Christian Andersen
Copenhagen Match Girl (uncredited)
 1951 Honeychile
 1950 Rio Grande
Margaret Mary
 1949 Lust for Gold
Young Martha (uncredited)
 1948 Albuquerque
Myrtle Walton
 1947 Unconquered
Little Girl (uncredited)
 1947 Mother Wore Tights
Iris - Age 6 (uncredited)
 1947 The Private Affairs of Bel Ami
Laurine de Marelle
 1947 Philo Vance's Gamble
Pat Roberts
 1947 Sweet and Low (Short)
 1946 Blue Skies
Mary Elizabeth Adams
 1946 Sister Kenny
Carolyn (uncredited)
 1945 Pardon My Past
Stephanie Pemberton
 1945 That Night with You
Orphan (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Book (with Franklin Dohanyos) "Zuzu Bailey's It's a Wonderful Life Cookbook : Recipes and Anecdotes Inspired by America's Favorite Movie"; Birch Lane Press, 1997; See more »

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2 Interviews | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Interviewed in the book "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010) by Tom Weaver. See more »

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