How Old Is Wonderful Life Actress, Carol Coombs?

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Carol Coombs – born October 15, 1935, is 88 years old. Coombs is a Canadian actress best known for the appearances she recorded in productions like It’s a Wonderful Life, Fireside Theatre, The Man Who Returned to Life, and The Matting Season. Carol started her movie career as a juvenile actress in 1941 and after recording 16 years on the screen, the Toronto native bowed out in 1957. She went to explore the education sector where she taught at both kindergarten and primary school levels. Carol is married and a mother of two children.

Profile summary of Carol Coombs
  • Name: Carol Coombs
  • Date of birth: October 15, 1935
  • Age: 88 years old
  • Place of birth: Toronto Canada
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Marital status: Married
  • Spouse: Chet Mueller
  • Occupation: Actress and teacher
  • Years active: 1941 to date

When was Carol Coombs born?

Carol Coombs was born on October 15, 1935, in Toronto Canada. A Canadian by nationality, Carol’s ethnic background has been speculated to be mixed. Though she never mentioned the names of her parents, the movie and TV actress grew up alongside an older brother who goes by the name, Murray Coombs. Murray who is a resident of Las Vegas was born on March 25, 1929.

Coobms commenced her acting career in the 1940s

Carol Coombs launched her acting career in an uncredited role on the set of the 1941 movie, Blossoms in the Dust. The next year, she recorded her breakout role as Marjorie Bishop in The Man Who Returned to Life. The same year, she recorded appearances in two films, On the Sunny Side as Patricia Roder (uncredited) and The Gay Sisters as Evelyn (uncredited).

Most of Carol’s earliest acting appearances were recorded in films. In 1944, she was seen in three movies – The Adventures of Mark Twain as Young Clara Clemens (uncredited), An American Romance as Tina Dangos – Age 6 (uncredited), and The Very Thought of You as Child Playing (uncredited). The year 1945 was when she showed up in The Clock in an uncredited role as Child and Man Alive in another uncredited role as Angel. In 1946, Carol Coombs recorded three roles as Lola (uncredited) in The Perfect Marriage, Orphan Girl (uncredited) in Sentimental Journey, and The Bailey Child in It’s A Wonderful Life. The latter turned out to be her best-known project to date and sharing the screen with actors like James Stewart and Donna Reed who were featured as her parents was a huge plus for Coombs.

Between 1947 and 1950, Carol Coombs was featured in five films namely, Driftwood as One of McDougal’s Children (uncredited), The Boy with Green Hair as Girl (uncredited), Knock on Any Door as Angie Romano (uncredited), Mighty Joe Young as Girl (uncredited), and Tea for Two as a Friend of Lynne & Richard (uncredited). By 1951, she scored one of her most popular roles as Susie in The Mating Season. The same year, Carol Coombs made her debut on the small screen in an episode of The Bigelow Theatre. This was followed by another appearance in one episode of Fireside Theatre which increased her popularity.

She recorded her first voice role in 1953 in Peter Pan and 1955 joined the cast of the short movie, One Spooky Night. Carol’s next role on television was witnessed the same year when she played Judy Connor in one episode of My Friend Flicka. She was featured in another, series, Death Valley Days as Cora Brooks in two episodes the next year. Also in 1956, the movie and TV actress appeared in an uncredited role as Girl at Party in The Unguarded Moment. She was last seen in 1957 in the series, Cheyenne (one episode) as Martha and in the movie, Summer Love as Bit Role (uncredited).

Carol Coombs movies and TV shows


  • Blossoms in the Dust as Child (uncredited) – 1941
  • The Man Who Returned to Life as Marjorie Bishop – 1942
  • On the Sunny Side as Patricia Roder (uncredited) -1942
  • The Gay Sisters as Evelyn as a Child (uncredited) – 1942
  • The Adventures of Mark Twain as Young Clara Clemens (uncredited) – 1944
  • The Very Thought of You as Child Playing (uncredited) – 1944
  • An American Romance as Tina Dangos – Age 6 (uncredited) – 1944
  • Man Alive as Angel (uncredited) – 1945
  • The Clock as Child (uncredited) -1945
  • It’s a Wonderful Life as The Bailey Child – Janie (as Carol Coomes) – 1946
  • The Perfect Marriage – Lola (uncredited) – 1946
  • Sentimental Journey as Orphan Girl (uncredited) – 1946
  • Driftwood as One of McDougal’s Children (uncredited) – 1947
  • The Boy with Green Hair as Girl (uncredited) – 1948
  • Mighty Joe Young as Girl (uncredited) – 1949
  • Knock on Any Door as Angie Romano (uncredited) – 1949
  • Tea for Two as Friend of Lynne & Richard (uncredited) – 1950
  • The Mating Season as Susie – 1951
  • Peter Pan (voice, uncredited) – 1953
  • One Spooky Night – 1955
  • The Unguarded Moment as Girl at Party (uncredited) – 1956
  • Summer Love as Bit Role (uncredited) – 1957

TV series

  • The Bigelow Theatre – 1951
  • Fireside Theatre – 1951
  • My Friend Flicka as Judy Conner – 1955
  • Death Valley Days as Margherita – 1956
  • Cheyenne as Martha – 1957

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Carol Coombs’ behind the scene roles

Apart from her on-screen roles, Coombs also got busy behind the scene in the soundtrack department. She worked on the soundtracks of productions like The Moviemakers and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Where is Carol Coombs now?

Carol Coombs bowed out of the acting scene towards the later part of the 1950s while she was still in her early 20s. She later went on to take up a teaching job at kindergarten and elementary schools. Though the details are not known.

She is in a long-lasting marriage

Carol Coombs is advancing in age and from what is obvious, she is not the type that gushes about her love life on social media. However, it is common knowledge that she is a married woman. The movie and TV actress exchanged wedding vows with her husband, Chet Mueller in 1957 and their union went on to last for decades. Their union is blessed with two children but their identities are not known. She is already a grandmother.

Reports say she resides in Irvine, California with her spouse and both often join meetings and events related to her best-known production, It’s a Wonderful Life.

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