"Zuzu" celebrates a "wonderful" life at 66

We're going to borrow a cue from Daryn Kagen and highlight a story that's a little bit inspirational, and something that should hopefully brighten your day a little. Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life" so many years ago, is still getting noticed for her role in the story, signing autographs and posing for pictures at the Zuzu Cafe. She is smiling and outgoing, but she would have reason if she were ever to frown.

At age 14, Grimes lost her mother. A year later, her father died in a car accident. In 1989, her 18-year-old son killed himself. Her first husband had died in a hunting accident and her second died of cancer. In 2001, she lost her nest egg in the economic downturn and now relies on these appearances to make ends meet. "You have a choice," she says. "You can drown in your sorrows, be the grumpy old Mr. Potter and be hurt and be in pain ... but I think you need to put that behind you because, my gosh, life is a wonderful gift."
(Click here to read the full profile of Karolyn Grimes, expertly written by the AP's Michael Hill.)

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