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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Marjorie Reynolds as Linda in 'Holiday Inn'

Linda (Marjorie Reynolds) spends the 1942 film Holiday Inn torn between two men: kind-hearted songwriter Jim (Bing Crosby) and slick dance man Ted (Fred Astaire). Right before the holidays, she leaves to pursue a Hollywood career with Ted, and Jim's Christmas is ruined -- until he overhears Linda singing the song he wrote (which happens to be the Irving Berlin classic "White Christmas") and realizes she still loves him. In 1954's White Christmas, Rosemary Clooney sings the same song with Crosby, prompting snow to fall from the sky.

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