Virginia Patton Moss: Adult Cast Member of ‘it’s a Wonderful Life,’ Dies at the Age of 97!


Virginia Patton Moss, the last adult cast member of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” died on August 18 in Albany, Georgia. She was 97 years old.

Moss’ death was confirmed by Legacy. Karolyn Grimes, a child actress who co-starred in “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Moss, paid tribute to her co-star on Facebook.

“Now we have a second angel!” Moss, Mary Patton According to Grimes, she was 97 years old. She will be greatly missed! Cruse, her beloved, is now with her.

Moss is given credit in the 1946 film under her birth name, Virginia Patton. Ruth Dakin Bailey, the sister-in-law of James Stewart’s George Bailey and the wife of Todd Karns’ Harry Bailey, was played by her.

Moss was the only adult cast member of the holiday classic still alive (a number of the child actors in the film, such as Grimes, are still actual).

Moss began her acting career at the University of Southern California by appearing in plays and supporting roles in films. For the rest of her life, she interviewed about her time working on “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

“Virginia was the only girl contracted directly by Frank Capra” in 2012, according to Moss’ husband, Cruse W. Moss.

Adult Cast Member of 'it's a Wonderful Life,' Dies

Everyone else in the film received loans from another studio. On the other hand, Ginny was not working for the studio when Frank Capra cast her in the movie.

Moss appeared in four more films before retiring, including the 1948 Western “Black Eagle,” in which he played the lead role. Her final film appearance was in the comedy “The Lucky Stiff,” starring Dorothy Lamour, Brian Donlevy, and Claire Trevor.

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In 1949, she married Cruse W. Moss and took his surname. They moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Moss established a business, raised three children, and worked as a docent at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Virginia and Cruse were married until Cruse died in 2018.

When asked why she decided to stop acting, Moss said in 2012, “I couldn’t see myself doing that for the rest of my life.” “I wished to be precisely who I am. Ann Arbor, Michigan, has a wonderful husband, children, and an active community member. I give my all to the community.

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