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Carol Coombs

Carol Coombs

Carol Coombs (born October 15, 1935) is a Canadian-born American former actress. She appeared in 24 films between 1941 and 1958, although mostly in minor roles. She is probably best-known as Janie Bailey, the oldest daughter of James Stewart and Donna Reed, in the 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. In the 1950s, she also had roles in a number of television productions.

Coombs retired from film business in her early twenties and spent the rest of her working life teaching kindergarten and elementary school. As of December 2014, she was a great-grandmother, and she and her husband of 57 years, Chet Mueller, lived in Irvine, California. She has often attended festivals and meetings dealing with It's a Wonderful Life.[1]



  1. "George Bailey's daughter lives her own wonderful life here". December 27, 2014.
  2. "(untitled photograph)" ( Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. September 29, 1956. p. 18. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
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