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Karolyn Grimes portrays Zuzu in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (photo: Wikimedia Commons / Republic Films)

The 75th anniversary of It’s a Wonderful Life on Dec. 20 brings back memories of a wonderful conversation with Karolyn Grimes, the film’s darling little Zuzu.

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News, December 20, 2021

Joseph Pronechen“Look, Daddy! Teacher says, ‘Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.’” It’s one of the most memorable lines in any Christmas movie. Who can forget that observation from little 6-year-old Zuzu Bailey in the last scene of It’s a Wonderful Life?

As a bell rings on the Baileys’ Christmas tree, Zuzu gives her father George this perfect reminder since George has just learned from the angel Clarence that despite what he thought for years about his missed opportunities, he does indeed have a wonderful life.

As Dec. 20 marks the 75th anniversary of It’s a Wonderful Life, I’m reminded of the conversation I had a few years ago with Karolyn Grimes, who at the age of 6 played Zuzu.  …

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