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Karolyn Grimes as Zuzu and Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey in the classic film 'It's a Wonderful Life' (Paramount Pictures).


Karolyn Grimes shares personal remembrances from the making of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

December 22, 2016

Karolyn Grimes, the actress best known for her role as George Bailey’s youngest daughter, Zuzu, in It’s a Wonderful Life, says that the Christmas classic still gives her “that tickle in my throat.” Grimes, who was only 6 years old when It’s a Wonderful Life was filmed, told ABC News that she still looks back on her time on the set with great affection — even 70 years after the film hit theaters for the first time.

Jimmy Stewart, who was nominated for best actor for his performance as George Bailey, was a real father-figure to her on set, Grimes told ABC News. “I was always so scared I was going to fall off — I was hanging on for dear life!” said Grimes, recalling a memorable scene in which George runs down the stairs with Zuzu clinging to him. “But I loved being on Jimmy Stewart’s back.”

Actress Karolyn Grimes (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Actress Karolyn Grimes (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Grimes also revealed that co-star Jimmy Hawkins, who played Zuzu’s older brother Tommy, is still a good friend of hers to this day. “One of the things I remember so vividly is [Hawkins’] mother was knitting a dress and it was just a fascinating thing to watch,” Grimes recollected. “Jimmy found that dress and sent it to the ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ museum in Seneca Falls.”

Perhaps the strangest revelation, however, was Grimes’ candid description of how her agent, Lola Moore, got her and a “stable” of other child actors work in the first place.

Read the full story at ABC News.


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