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'It's a Wonderful Life' Star to Speak About Her Life

It’s a Wonderful Life Actress to Appear at Island Books and Covenant Shores.

Karolyn Grimes, the actor who played Zuzu Bailey in the 1946 movie version of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” at the age of 6, will make a special appearance at Island Books and Covenant Shores Retirement Community on Mercer Island, WA on Monday, Jan. 6.
Grimes, now 74 years old, will talk about her “not-so-wonderful-life” when she visits the Mercer Island bookstore at 3014 78th Ave SE at 7pm and Covenant Shores (9150 Fortuna Drive) at 2pm. 

The actress, who also appeared as Loretta Young’s daughter in the 1947 movie “The Bishop’s Wife,” lost her own mother to early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease when she was just twelve.

Two years later, her father was killed in an automobile accident. Thus began a series of devastating tragedies in Grimes’ life that culminated with the suicide of her eighteen year old son.

For the past twenty years, Grimes has been a resident of Port Orchard, WA and has experienced renewed celebrity as the Frank Capra movie classic has captured the hearts of a new generation of viewers.

Beginning each fall, she travels coast-to-coast to talk about the making of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Her appearances include marketing movie mementos, meeting fans and signing autographs.

Grimes’ appearance at both Mercer Island locations comes just a month after Variety magazine announced that a sequel to “It’s a Wonderful Life” is in the works and that the actress who played Zuzu in the original movie will be cast as the angel in the new venture.

Grimes will also sign copies of her new book Celebrating It's A Wonderful Life: How the Movie's Message of Hope Lives On.

Meredythe Glass, a 92 year old resident of Covenant Shores, is looking forward to finally meeting Karolyn Grimes. The two women share something in common. Glass was a child actress in “The Wizard of Oz” and later appeared in other Judy Garland films.

Chaplain Greg Asimakoupoulos of Covenant Shores is coordinating both appearances. 

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