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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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PHOTOS: How It's a Wonderful Life Created Its White Christmas

It's a Wonderful Life Was a Winter Wonderland – in July

Originally posted 12/23/2012 01:30PM

It's the sentimental family favorite that easily induces tears for its heartfelt final scenes, but when it came to creating a winter wonderland for his 1946 It's a Wonderful Life, producer-director Frank Capra was one tough taskmaster.

He wanted real snow – not the painted corn flakes Hollywood was accustomed to passing off as the white stuff – to blanket his setting, the town of Bedford Falls, reports Life.com in its special feature with never-before-seen on-set photos from the holiday classic.

To achieve his goal, Capra – who trained as an engineer as a student at Cal Tech before becoming the talkies' first true stylist, as an Oscar-winning director for Columbia Pictures – collaborated with RKO studio's special effects expert Russell Sherman.

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