Virginia Patton of Dexter, who portrayed Ruth Dakin Bailey in 'It's a Wonderful Life,' appeared recently at the Penn Theatre in Plymouth, MI.
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- John McKay
Saturday, December 8, 2012
VERNON HILLS, IL -- Giving up a promising career in Hollywood to start a family might be a difficult choice for a talented young actress, but for Virginia Patton, the decision paved the way for a wonderful life away from the limelight. Patton, now 86, portrayed Ruth Dakin Bailey in the 1946 Frank Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life, starring alongside such screen legends as James Stewart and Donna Reed at just 20 years old, but left acting soon afterwards to move to Ann Arbor to pursue a family with husband Cruse W. Moss, a successful automotive executive. Patton, of Dexter, MI, and Moss appeared together recently at the historic Penn Theatre in downtown Plymouth, MI, for a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life, where the former actress …
Local man brings joy to many with his extensive collection of memorabilia from the film "It's a Wonderful Life."
Growing up, Richard Goodson, of Grayslake, didn't have the warm and loving family bond he craved. "I grew up with limited means and difficult circumstances. There was no traditional Christmas." That's why watching the1946 Frank Capra classic, "It's a Wonderful Life" for the first time left such a lasting impression. "It spoke to me on some level," said Goodson, an avid movie memorabilia collector who possesses thousands of items from "It's a Wonderful Life," from an original script and movie stills to call sheets and cast contracts. Goodson's passion for collecting the film's memorabilia started in 1998, when his wife, Coleen, presented him with an 8x10 black and white photo of the Baileys, signed by Jimmy Stewart, who portrayed George. It…