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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Donna Reed as Mary Bailey in 'It's a Wonderful Life'

In Frank Capra's iconic 1946 classic, an angel gives George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) a glimpse of how awful the world would've been without him, but it's his hard-working wife, Mary (Donna Reed), who shows George how wonderful the world is with him. In the tear-jerking final scene, we learn that Mary has knocked on every door in Bedford Falls asking friends to help her husband with his debt -- and the Christmas windfall that follows proves George really is "the richest man in town."

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