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Virginia Patton, 97-year-old actor who played Herbert Slavin in It’s a Wonderful Life, died

The one and only last living cast member of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, Virginia Patton Moss, passes away at 97.



was 97. She is now with Cruse, her adored. We will miss her!”

Moss, who was born in 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, started acting while he was a student at the University of Southern California. Prior to being cast in It’s a Wonderful Life, she made appearances in a number of short films. She would only make appearances in four more movies before getting married to Cruse W. Moss in 1949 and giving up acting. Later, Moss would play Doris Green in The Burning Cross (1947) and Ginny Long in the Western Black Eagle (1948). In the 1949 comedy The Lucky Stiff, in which she costarred with Claire Trevor, Dorothy Lamour, and Brian Donlevy as Millie Dale, she received her final screen credit.

Moss’s marriage to her spouse lasted until his passing in 2018. After relocating with her husband, Moss raised their three children in Ann Arbor, Michigan, started a business, and worked as a docent at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Even after Moss stopped acting, she continued to talk about her role in It’s a Wonderful Life in interviews for the rest of her life.

It’s a Wonderful Life, widely regarded as one of the best movies ever made, follows Stewart’s character John Bailey, who is contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve. Clarence Odbody, George’s guardian angel, who is portrayed by Henry Travers, responds to his ideas by giving George the chance to experience what his life may have been like if he had never been born. The movie was included in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1990 and received five Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture.