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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 4 July 1940Hollywood, California, USA

Mini Bio (1)

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 1946 classic, and it is Zuzu who speaks the movie's most memorable line, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." In recent years, Karolyn has carried on the spirit of It's a Wonderful Life (1946), serving as the film's most active and appealing ambassador.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Clay Eals <ceals@cclink.fhcrc.org>

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Trivia (12)

In 1999, she went to Philadelphia to take part in special extravaganza. One-hundred 4th of July babies were present from 1900-1999 and she represented 1940.
She still has an angel ornament from the Christmas tree in the movie It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
Her Hollywood career ended with her parents' deaths when she was a teen. She was sent to live with her aunt. She eventually became a medical technician.
One of her most vivid memories of filming "It's a Wonderful Life" was the large Christmas tree in the Bailey house. Grimes' own family had a two-foot-tall tree that stood on a table. She enjoyed the snow on the set, even thought it was artificial, because she had never seen real snow.
According to Grimes, the name "Zuzu" came from a cookie, similar to a gingersnap, that was sold in the early 1900s.
She rang the Closing Bell on Wall Street in 2003.
Interviewed in the book "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010) by Tom Weaver.
Grimes makes personal appearances and delivers keynote addresses at corporate and private functions across the United States (McLeod, Mike, "Passions With... Karolyn Grimes", Heritage Magazine, Spring 2010) [March 2010]
During a personal appearance in October 2015, Karolyn and her husband indicated they live in Seattle.
Lives in Stilwell, Kansas and makes many personal, television and radio appearances. [1997]
Along with Robert J. Anderson, she holds the distinction of appearing in two holiday classics: It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and The Bishop's Wife (1947). In the former, she plays Zuzu, the youngest daughter of George (James Stewart) and Mary (Donna Reed), while in the latter she plays Debby, the daughter of Henry (David Niven) and Julia (Loretta Young).
Karolyn also plays the gabby chatterbox of a little girl in John Ford - John Wayne's Rio Grande (1950), and fittingly gets to ring another bell.

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