Donna Reed -- I was appalled when I realized I had left her out. One of the loveliest faces to ever grace the screen. An Oscar winner for "From Here To Eternity." And, of course, "The Donna Reed Show" on television which was a huge hit in the early 60's.
Donna Reed & James Stewart in 'It's A Wonderful Life', by Capra, 1946. "Wyler's 'The Best Years of Our Lives' was shot at the same time. Both films are optimistic, though both try to show an undercurrent of trouble within post-WWII society; In Capra's film, the character played by Jimmy Stewart nearly loses everything through a freakish chain of bad luck but finally recover through the help of this friends and neighbors"