Holiday Heroines: 9 Movie Women Who Saved Christmas

Santa Claus, Frosty -- men get a lot of credit in Hollywood for bringing us Christmas cheer. But let's not forget the role women play in holiday films. (10 Photos)

Donna Kaufman on Dec 23, 2013 at 12:28PM

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Holiday Heroines: 9 Movie Women Who Saved Christmas

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Cindy Lou Who in 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'

One of Dr. Seuss's most famous characters, The Grinch, is eagerly ruining Christmas in Whoville when he's interrupted by Cindy Lou Who, "no bigger than two," a sleepy sprite who mistakes the cranky hermit for the Man in Red, and asks why he's taking away the tree. Despite his grinchiness, he says he's taking it to fix a broken bulb, and even tucks her back into bed. The Grinch's heart eventually triples in size when he hears the Whos singing Christmas songs, but it clearly began expanding the moment Cindy Lou sweetly called him "Santa."

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