‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Flashback: My Chicago Trib Story on Karolyn Grimes, aka ZuZu Bailey

Karolyn Grimes, as a 6-year-old
ZuZu, in Jimmy Stewart’s arms

A P.S. here to my post last week about Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest and It’s A Wonderful Life.

Exactly four years ago, to the day, I had the privilege of writing a story for the Chicago Tribune about Karolyn Grimes, the actress who played ZuZu more than 60 years earlier.

At the time, I was charmed by the entire experience. How cute, I thought, as people young and old lined up for a chance to meet this woman who had played ZuZu so many years earlier.

A recent photo of Grimes

Of course, I had only seen bits and pieces of the movie at that point, so I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about.

In fact, I passed up the opportunity to see the film on the big screen–I was too focused on getting in front of my computer and filing my story. How fortunate to have gotten another chance, this time with my family, earlier this month at the Lake Theater in Oak Park.

One last note: in my recent reading, I was pleased to see that Karolyn remains on the It’s A Wonderful Life circuit, appearing again this past weekend at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in Woodridge.

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