receive hundreds of fan letters each year. The fans open a window into their lives
and share.The letters speak of how much It's a Wonderful Life and other
films that I played in, mean to people of today. They pay tribute to an era of
film making when films had meaning and substance. Because of the hope that comes
across, I am encouraged to continue to travel and make appearances,
sharing the wonderful lessons and messages that we can apply to our lives in the
fan letters below... (not sure what text to put here -I think we need something,
though..) in cases where people have sent photos, do we want to include those
as well? --I'm a little nervous about including pictures of babies, etc. where
we don't have written consent (see story on 03/03..) thoughts?
you so much for the signed pictures! I will treasure them. Like so many people
I grew up with the film,it has always been there to comfort and console me. My
father first told me of it when i was a small boy(i`m now 40!!)he first saw it
when he was a small boy, so we always watched it together, me crying at the same
scenes time and again!!Mr Gower`s drugstore,getting slapped, Marty coming back
from college....etc. My father,who passed away 7 years ago, particularly enjoyed
old man Potters` speeche`s!
thanks again,and take care
want to thank you for the lovely photo I received by mail today. My husband ordered
me a bell, your book, and a photo of you and Jimmy Stewart a couple of years ago
for Christmas presents, so this color photo goes so well with my collection. You
touched my heart and my life as ZuZu and It's a Wonderful Life is one of my all-time
favorite movies. I am a fan forever and I want to thank you for the happiness
you've brought me over the years. I wish you the best of everything always!
Kathy McCord Bennett
I just watched The Bishop's Wife today and though I had seen it before, I didn't
realize that you played Debby. That is a wonderful film and you did a great job.
One of my favorite films of all times is It s A Wonderful Life. I don't suppose
you hear that very often. :)
I looked up your filmography I was surprised to see that you were in so many films
in the forties at such a young age. I've seen several of those. When I happened
across your e-mail address I just had to say hello.
Acting seemed to be natural for you even at such a young age. I was curious if
you got burned out by your teens?
hope you truly have a Wonderful Life !
can't tell you how absolutely thrilled we were to find that you had sent our Zuzu
one of your dolls. In fact when she opened it on her birthday she said, "That's
what I wanted!." I was so excited, it was hard for me to wait for her to open
it after her mommy told me what had come in the mail. (It is staying at Grandma's
house for safekeeping from 2 year old brother.)
was such a generous gesture on your part and I want you how grateful I (we) are.
You are really a special lady and I am so glad we have had the opportunity to
visit with you. You were so gracious to Taeya and that means a lot of all of us.
has been an exciting birthday because we had a birthday tea party for her at my
house which was great fun and very pretty. Mommy Christy had each little girl
decorate a straw hat and she made pink rose arrangements in teacups along with
wonderful food. This is definitely MY kind of party. Obviously I LOVE being a
is my first experience with taking digital photos and e-mailing them and it is
thank you for our wonderful surprise.
Portland, OR 97230
just wanted to tell you how excited I was to find your website and even moreso
to find your books. I was actually browsing ebay for some It's A Wonderful Life
memorobilia as it is my favorite film of all time. There's never been (and probably
never will be) another like it. Well, when I stumbled across your cookbook (and
being a very avid cook myself) I just HAD to have it. I am happy to say I was
able to purchase it over ebay and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival.
must say I was also very happy to know that you are still with us and am now exploring
your website completely. When I came across your email address, I simply had to
write and tell you what a HUGE admirer I am of the film and of your role. A friend
and I get together each year during the holidays and watch the film (at least
a few times) and play the trivia boardgame....AND even quote phrases from the
film to see who can guess which character is speaking. And one of my favorites
is the scene in which you are in bed and speaking to your father about your beautiful
I just wanted to say hello and let you know how much you and that film mean to
me. I will always cherish it. I also can't wait to get the cookbook and eventually
the other items you have out there.
wanted to write to you to let you know how much Zuzu Bailey and It's a Wonderful
Life means to us. My husband is from England and he grew up with classic American
movies of which It's A Wonderful Life is at the top of his favorites list. Every
year since we've been together we've watched the film about twice each holiday
season and love it more every time we see it. Now, it has become one of our first
holiday family traditions and it feels like visiting old friends.
daughter was born eight months ago on June 30, 2002. My husband and I named her
Zuzu, after your character in It's A Wonderful Life. Until she was born, we didn't
know if she was a boy or a girl and of course we were thrilled to meet little
miss Zuzu. The name is so special to us. Her full name is Zuzu Bee Ingram-Beale.
The honey bee is a Toltec symbol of Awareness and Zuzu is our personal archetype
for love so to endow our daughter with love and awareness was our first gift to
Zuzu was born, we didn't know of your website but while we were still in the hospital,
my husband, after being home to take care of the kitties and such, came back with
all the information. He had gone online to see if there was anything regarding
Zuzu and found so many things as well as your website. It seems as if Zuzu has
touched many lives!
Regards and Warmest Wishes,
I've attached some photos of Zuzu that I hope you enjoy.
wife and I would like to tell you that "It's a Wonderful Life" is our favorite
movie of all time. In our opinion, it is the greatest film every made!! So simple
yet...not, if that makes sense. In fact, the whole Emperor family in Michigan
loves this film so much. I have 6 siblings, with many nieces and nephews! I am
sure we could not go a Christmas without seeing it. For some reason, I did not
realize you were in "the Bishop's Wife", another great film. I was so excited
to see you had a website. I was just diagnosed with Brugada syndrome, a very rare
condition that effects the signals that tell my heart to beat. I am only 36 too.
My wife and I have 2 adopted daughters so I hope for their sake that I am able
to get through it. I know I will, you are truly an inspiration though, and finding
your site really cheered me up. I am sure you are very busy with fan mail, so
I will not keep you. We will be very excited to receive the autograph that we
purchased. Thanks Karolyn!!
just rewatched "It's A Wonderful Life" last night on DVD. Hadn't seen it in years.
It's one of the very few films which actually makes me cry. Good to see you're
still out there with your own website.
for all the joy you've brought to the world. :-)
luck. I hope you make it,
Babel: The multilingual, multicultural online
journal and community of arts and ideas.
received our photos we ordered yesterday (from your web site). I wanted to take
the time to say thanks. You are a inspiration to a lot of people. Its a Wonderful
Life is the favorite movie of myself and one of my closest friends Bobby in Mississippi.
Some years ago while home from college for Christmas in Mississippi I was visiting
at Bobby's home when Its a wonderful Life came on. While watching it we checked
the TV guide to find out it was on cable three to four times per day for several
days. For some reason we took that as a challenge. Bobby and I spent our Christmas
holiday watching the movie every time it came on that year. We lost count on the
number of times we watched it. We still love it and although I now live in Covington,
WA we have to call each other each year when it comes on. We talk about it as
it plays and laugh about the time we had our Wonderful Life marathon. Thanks.
hope I get the opportunity to meet you in person at a signing or at the Studio
if its open to the public.
for starring in a truly great movie. I watched it again just before Christmas
and, as always, the tears streamed down my cheeks. I have even used the 'dream'
sequence - where George is with Clarence and his whole world has changed - with
my primary (elementary) school children. They had to design a dream sequence &
use a frame from it to make prints in an art lesson. The finished product has
been highly praised by a school inspector, so, thank you for the inspiration.
wife and I are watching "It's A Wonderful Life," once again. We saw you this morning
on "Good Morning America" and were thankful for the inspiration. You are doing
so much to keep alive what is important in the minds and hearts of both the young
and the old in America but it is a universal message which if applied can change
the world into a better place. it is about courage, it is about love, it is about
caring in the midst of a troubled world, and the world seems to present so many
challenges, problems and troubles that it is easy to lose sight of the fact that
if each of us works toward that which is good and positive we can shift and change
that which isn't working into that which is. It takes courage and commitment to
be kind and to believe it can work for the whole world.
it is Christmas Eve as I write this I just want to wish you a very Merry Christmas
and say thank you once again for the being the strong and wonderful person you
Roger F. Krueger
to let you know, one of the ornaments you did for me (In memory of Max Barrett)
worked preciously. I had the IAWL movie on TV and his widow was over for our annual
Xmas time dinner. She's 72, and her husband Max just passed away this year. Anyway,
at the point in the movie where you say the famous "line" at the end was right
at the time when I gave her that gift. Tears came to her eyes, and she said it
was the best present she'd gotten in years. She and Max use to watch the show
every year, she actually met Jimmy Stewart when he campaigned for Ronald Reagan
in Indiana. Anyhow, you're still touching people... And I'm glad, tho I'm 40,
I can still carry the message for you!
the best. I will get that CD care package together when I get back to the station
following the holidays. For now, I'm enjoying my 12 hour xmas radio show on locally
(and in 12 other cities this year!). >:>) www.tuneusin.com
Ft. Myers, FL.
Saw you on TV this morn, lookin' good...
and Merry Christmas with Best Wishes for a wonderful New Year. I was happy to
see you this morning on Good Morning America. I want to Thank You for the Copy's
of the ZuZu Newsletter you sent. It has been quite a year, How down I was when
I wrote to you this past summer, and now in this blessed season, I truly do feel
blessed. Not only for myself but realizing how much I mean to others. How special
it is to talk with my Mom and be there for her. My son's although now grown still
come to me for advice and help. When My girlfriends granddaughter extends her
arms to me, such precious moments that I almost let slip away. Life truly is special
and we all play an important part in the lives of so many others. Life truly is
wonderful. Thank You for your friendship and your inspiration and kind words throughout
the years. may God always be with you. You remain in my prayers.
Todd Bynon Hunlock Creek, Pa
a thrill I got when I opened this reply from you and realized that it was from
"ZuZu" herself! It must be such a joy to know that you are a part of millions
of people's "special christmas memories". I know you probably have heard thousands
(if not hundreds of thousands) of stories from people who have been touched by
"It's A Wonderful Life"...Please let me add one more story. I was widowed in 1972.
We had a little boy 23 months old and I had our second child on Dec.28th,(9 days
after my husband was killed). I was 19 and my husband was just 26. Being that
young,of course, you don't think of having life insurance and social security
was "slim" to say the least as my husband wasn't old enough to have alot built
up into it. Needless to say, money was scarce and there wasn't a whole lot of
things I could do to make special "Christmas Memories" without money. So, every
Thanksgiving, me,my sons and I would start watching the TV Guide for when "It's
A Wonderful Life" (and some other Christmas movies) would come on and anxiously
await the night they would air. On those nights we would pop popcorn and wait
up until those shows came on. It was something we 3 looked forward to for many
years. Of all the Christmas shows, there were 2 that meant the most to us. Number
1- "It's A Wonderful Life" and Number 2- "A Christmas Carol" (The "old" one with
Reginald Owen). The one that my boys (who, by the way, are grown men now with
children of their own) loved the most was "It's A Wonderful Life". As grown men,
they drive their wives crazy every year now by starting to watch the movie almost
everyday starting around Nov. 1st. (lol) My oldest boy,Carl, is probably the worse.
Every year I bye them "something" from that movie. This year, I knew I had to
get them something "special" because,as so many other people "have" in this country
lately, I've lost my job that I had for 15 years. Money, for me, will be scarce
for a while and it could be a "long" while. I needed to find something that I
"knew" would bring a gleam of Christmas "joy" in my "little boys" eyes again and
I know these pictures will do it...I'm positive of that. And with your autograph
on them they will be ecstatic I'm sure. I passed my love for that movie on to
them and now they have passed it on to their children and are making special Christmas
memories with their "babies" now...and you are a part of all that. Thank you for
being a part of our "Cherished Christmas memories". Well, Ms. Grimes, I'll close
now and "hopefully" will be writing to you soon asking you to "personalize" another
of your photos. Thanks for making "all" our Christmases special and also a really
"BIG" thanks for making my Christmas this year so special by sending me an email!
I will consider it my "early" Christmas present and one of my most "cherished"
bless and keep you always! Sincerely,