Jeanine Ann Roose, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Star, Dies at 84

by Madison Miller

The famous actress Jeanine Ann Roose, known for her role as Little Violet Bick in the holiday movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” has just passed away.

Roose died in her L.A. home after she was actively battling an infection. She passed away at the age of 84.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Actress Passes Away

Jeanine Ann Roose made the biggest splash in her career during her time as a childhood actor. She worked in the 1940s and 1950s, which included her time on “It’s a Wonderful Life.” When it comes to film, however, Roose’s only appearance ever was in that film. She does not have any other additional film credits.

In terms of movies, that was a pretty spectacular and long-lasting role. It’s considered one of the best holiday movies ever made.

“‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ was the only movie that I was in and it has been an amazing lifetime experience to have been in such a collectively meaningful picture. It became clear that my desire was specifically to help others who were struggling with finding meaning in their life — not unlike Clarence in the movie who helps George see the meaning of his life,” Roose said in an older interview, according to Deadline.

Beginning of Jeanine Ann Roose’s Career

As for starting her career, she began acting when she was only 8 on “The Jack Benny Program.” After that, she appeared in projects like “The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show” and “The Fitch Bandwagon” from 1946 to 1954. She also had radio appearances in “I Remember Mama,” “Mr. President,” and “Arabella’s Tall Tales.”

Her acting career wasn’t her final career though. She would eventually go to UCLA and become a Jungian psychoanalyst instead.

Sadly, there have been many stars of “It’s a Wonderful Life” that have passed away. The movie came out in 1947, after all.

One of the last surviving cast members from the film is Virginia Patton. She is known for playing Ruth Dakin Bailey in the Frank Capra film. She is now 96 years old. Patton decided to leave her Hollywood film career in the past in 1949 in order to raise her family.

She told the National Catholic Register about seven years ago what it was like to work on the movie. She mentioned that she always kept in touch with Capra. She noted that when he passed away in 1991, she believed that “Frank ended up getting his wings.”

Another surviving cast member is Karolyn Grimes. She has been very active in the legacy of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”