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The most famous line from “It’s a Wonderful Life” was spoken by Karolyn Grimes in the role of Zuzu Bailey. Fans of the beloved 1946 Jimmy Stewart holiday classic will be able to meet Grimes and her movie siblings, Carol Coombs (“Janie Bailey”) and Jimmy Hawkins (“Tommy Bailey”), during the movie’s 70th Anniversary Celebration weekend, Dec. 9 through 11, in Seneca Falls, NY.

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“Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wing.”

 

The most famous line from “It’s a Wonderful Life” was spoken by Karolyn Grimes in the role of Zuzu Bailey. Fans of the beloved 1946 Jimmy Stewart holiday classic will be able to meet Grimes and her movie siblings, Carol Coombs (“Janie Bailey”) and Jimmy Hawkins (“Tommy Bailey”), during the movie’s 70th Anniversary Celebration weekend, Dec. 9 through 11, in Seneca Falls, NY.

 

This is the first time the trio will appear together in Seneca Falls, known as “the real Bedford Falls” and home of the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum. This museum displays hundreds of pieces of memorabilia from Grimes’ personal collection, including pictures affectionately signed by Stewart: “To Zuzu with my love.”

 

Two special dinners will take place during this event: The Preview Dinner: Celebrating the Premiere of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and Frank Capra’s Legacy and Days of “Auld Lang Syne”: Celebrating the Final Scene from “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

 

Special guests include Mary Owen, the daughter of Donna Reed (“Mary Bailey”) and Monica Capra Hodges, granddaughter of Frank Capra, the movie’s director. Special exhibitors include Lynn O’Leary Jameson, “Portraying ‘Janie’ As a Baby,” and Richard Goodson, “A Passion for Preserving the Legacy of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’”

 

For Grimes, continuing the legacy of this movie is a gift.

 

“I have a lot of gratitude,” she said. “It has given me the opportunity to be this little girl who lives on through the movie. The movie has so much to give to people and it means so much to so many people all over the world.”

 

Only here: Grimes will be autographing copies of her new children’s book, “Zuzu’s Petals, A Dream of It’s a Wonderful Life,” during the event. Copies of the book may be purchased at www.Zuzu.net.

 

Information and tickets: 315-568-5838, http://therealbedfordfalls.com, www.wonderfullifemuseum.com.

 

 

Kathy Witt

 

December 2, 2016

 

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Karolyn Grimes, aka “Zuzu Bailey,” will be in Seneca Falls, NY, Dec. 9-11 to greet visitors and autograph copies of her new children’s book.

Photo: Karolyn Grimes

 

Karolyn (“Zuzu”) Grimes (right) and Carol (“Janie”) Coombs wave to the crowd outside the Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum.

Photo: Henry Law/IAWL Museum

 

Remember the bridge George Bailey jumped from to rescue Clarence the angel? Here it is, in Seneca Falls, NY.

Photo: Henry Law/IAWL Museum

 

Decorated for the 2015 event is the window at the Seneca Falls Visitor Center.

Photo: Henry Law/IAWL Museum

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