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'It's a Wonderful Life' Child Star, Now 74: Don't Take Life for Granted

Karolyn Grimes, Actress Who Played Zuzu Bailey: 'No One Has a Wonderful Life'

Originally posted 12/24/2013 11:55AM

It was a cruel irony of It's a Wonderful Life: The actress who played Zuzu, the 6-year-old girl whose flower petals symbolized the triumph of love over despair, ended up living a real life of heartbreak – enduring more pain and loss than most.

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