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Role in It's a Wonderful Life

Virginia Patton and James Stewart-It's a Wonderful Life

Virginia Patton (June 25, 1925 – August 18, 2022).

Virginia Ann Marie Patton Moss was an American actress. After appearing in several films in the early 1940s, she was cast in her most well-known role as Ruth Dakin Bailey in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946). In 1949, Patton retired from acting, and her final film credit was The Lucky Stiff (1949).

Although Capra did not know Patton personally, she read the role for him, and he signed her to a contract. She later said that she was the only girl the famous director ever signed in his entire career.


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