The penultimate adult cast member of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, Virginia Patton Moss, was a former actor who passed away on August 18 in Albany, Georgia. Age-wise, she was 97.
The passing of Moss was verified by Legacy. On her personal Facebook page, Karolyn Grimes, who portrayed Zuzu Bailey as a young actor in the movie, paid tribute to her co-star.
We now have a second angel! Mary Patton Moss. 97 years old, according to Grimes. She is now with Cruse, her adored. We will miss her!
On the 1946 motion picture, Moss is given credit under her birth name, Virginia Patton. She portrayed Ruth Dakin Bailey, who was the sister-in-law of James Stewart’s George Bailey and the wife of Todd Karns Harry Bailey. The only remaining adult cast member of the holiday favorite was Moss (a number of the child actors in the film, including Grimes, are still alive).
At the University of Southern California, Moss started her performing career by appearing in plays and supporting roles in films. She took part in interviews about her time working on It’s a Wonderful Life for the rest of her life.
According to Cruse W. Moss, the wife of Moss, Virginia was the only girl who Capra hired personally in 2012. The rest of the cast was provided on loan by another studio. However, Frank Capra really signed Ginny for that picture even though she was not with the studio.
Before quitting acting, Moss appeared in four additional movies, including the 1948 Western Black Eagle, which he starred in. The comedy The Lucky Stiff, starring Dorothy Lamour, Brian Donlevy, and Claire Trevor, was her last appearance on screen.
In 1949, the actress wed Cruse W. Moss, adopting his last name. After moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, the couple started a family and Moss started a business. She also worked as a docent at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Virginia and Cruse stayed wed until Cruse passed away in 2018.
In 2012, Moss reflected on her choice to give up acting and remarked, “I couldn’t picture me doing that for the rest of my life.” I sought after who I am. Ann Arbor, Michigan, a great spouse, great kids, and a good member of the neighborhood. I give my everything to the neighborhood.