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It's a Wonderful Life Zuzu Bailey (Karolyn Grimes)

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Zuzu Bailey (Karolyn Grimes)

Zuzu Bailey is George's 6-year-old daughter. We don't see much of the kids in the movie, but one scene with Zuzu shows us how much she loves and depends on him. Sick in bed, she's sad about a flower that has lost its petals.

ZUZU: Look, Daddy ... paste it.

GEORGE: Yeah, all right. Now, I'll paste this together. (George pretends to fix it but just puts the fallen petals in his jacket pocket.)

GEORGE: There it is, good as new.

ZUZU: Give the flower a drink.

It's a poignant moment. George is at the end of his rope, but he takes the time to comfort his daughter. She's got total faith that her daddy can fix anything, even though he's not feeling he can fix himself. In George's angel-guided life tour, there are no petals in his pocket. When they reappear, it's the first sign that George knows he's been restored to his life and family.

Zuzu gets one of the classic lines at the end of the movie. When a bell rings on the Christmas tree, she says to her father:

ZUZU: Look, Daddy. Teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.

Zuzu is just plain adorable.

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