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(From left) Donna Reed, Jimmy Stewart and Karolyn Grimes in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
If you know the line “every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings,” then you know Karolyn Grimes — who will appear at the Wildey Theatre in downtown Edwardsville Thursday, Nov. 12, along with two showings of her most famous film.
Grimes portrayed the 4-year old “ZuZu” Bailey in the iconic 1946 holiday movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. Join the Friends of the Wildey for two showings (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) of the Frank Capra classic on the Wildey’s big screen and meet Karolyn Grimes, who will be on hand at both showings to sign autographs, answer questions and tell stories about her experiences as ZuZu. “It’s a Wonderful Life” trivia will take place prior to the evening show, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
As a child actress, Grimes also appeared in cinematic classics such as: “The Bishop’s Wife” with Cary Grant, “Rio Grande” with John Wayne, “Blue Skies” with Bing Crosby and “Hans Christian Anderson” with Danny Kaye.
“Could there be a better way to ‘ring’ in the holiday season than by showing “It’s a Wonderful Life” and bringing ZuZu to Edwardsville?” Friends of Wildey Board Member and event organizer SJ Morrison said. “We couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to host one of the movie’s only surviving cast members and present this iconic film at the Wildey.”
Tickets for “It’s a Wonderful Life: An Evening with Zuzu” are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students younger than 18. Tickets can be purchased at www.WildeyTheatre.com or at (618) 307-1750.
The event is sponsored by Bank of Springfield – Glen Carbon Banking Center, the law firm of Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb LLC and the “Jen & Jean Team” of RE/MAX Alliance.
Proceeds will benefit the city-owned community performing arts theater at 252 N. Main St.