Spring Byington

Birthday: Oct 17, 1886
Birthplace: Not Available
Orphaned as a child, Colorado-born Spring Byington became a professional actress with the Elitch Garden stock company at age 14. Even as a young woman, Ms. Byington specialized in portraying middle-aged dowagers, fussbudgets, flibbertigibbets and small-town gossips. Her first Broadway success was in the role of Louella Parsons clone Helen Hobart in Kaufman and Hart's Once in a Lifetime (1930). Three years later, she made her film debut as Marmee in Little Women. Her myriad of film credits included You Can't Take It With You (1938), for which she was Oscar-nominated. Her TV acting credits include her portrayal of Lily Ruskin on the popular sitcom December Bride, which ran from 1954 through 1959; she then rather unexpectedly popped up as a regular on a western, Laramie. One of Spring Byington's last performances was as society dowager "J. Pauline Spaghetti" on a 1967 episode of Batman.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (The Modern Miracle) Mrs. Hubbard 2000
67% Please Don't Eat the Daisies Suzie Robinson 1960
No Score Yet Because You're Mine Mrs. Montville 1952
No Score Yet No Room for the Groom Mama Kingshead 1952
No Score Yet Angels in the Outfield Sister Edwitha 1951
No Score Yet Walk Softly, Stranger Mrs. Brentman 1950
No Score Yet Devil's Doorway Mrs. Masters 1950
No Score Yet Please Believe Me Mrs. Milwright 1950
No Score Yet The Reformer and the Redhead Actor 1950
No Score Yet The Big Wheel Mrs. Mary Coy 1949
56% In the Good Old Summertime Nellie 1949
No Score Yet It Had to Be You Mrs. Martha Stafford 1947
No Score Yet Cynthia Carrie Jannings 1947
No Score Yet Singapore Mrs. Bellows 1947
No Score Yet Living in a Big Way Mrs. Minerva Alsop 1947
No Score Yet A Letter for Evie Mrs. McPherson 1946
No Score Yet Dragonwyck Magda 1946
No Score Yet Faithful In My Fashion Actor 1946
No Score Yet Thrill of a Romance Nona Glenn 1945
83% The Enchanted Cottage Violet Price 1945
No Score Yet I'll Be Seeing You Mrs. Marshall 1945
No Score Yet The Heavenly Body Nancy Potter 1944
No Score Yet The War Against Mrs. Hadley Cecilia Talbot 1943
92% Heaven Can Wait Bertha Van Cleve 1943
No Score Yet Presenting Lily Mars Mrs. Mars 1943
No Score Yet Rings on Her Fingers Mrs. Maybelle Worthington 1942
80% Roxie Hart Mary Sunshine 1942
100% The Devil and Miss Jones Elizabeth Ellis 1941
89% Meet John Doe Mrs. Mitchell 1941
No Score Yet When Ladies Meet Bridget Drake 1941
No Score Yet My Love Came Back Mrs. Malette 1940
No Score Yet The Blue Bird Mummy Tyl 1940
No Score Yet Lucky Partners Aunt Lucy 1940
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
91% You Can't Take It With You Penny Sycamore 1938
94% Jezebel Mrs. Kendrick 1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Widow Douglas 1938
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Dolly Madison 1938
No Score Yet Borrowing Trouble Mrs. John Jones 1937
No Score Yet It's Love I'm After Aunt Ella Paisley 1937
No Score Yet Hotel Haywire Mrs. Parkhouse 1937
No Score Yet The Road Back Ernst's Mother 1937
No Score Yet A Family Affair Mrs. Emily Hardy 1937
No Score Yet Penrod And Sam Actor 1937
No Score Yet Green Light Mrs. Dexter 1937
No Score Yet Theodora Goes Wild Rebecca Perry 1936
88% Dodsworth Matey Pearson 1936
No Score Yet The Voice of Bugle Ann Ma Davis 1936
83% Charge of the Light Brigade Lady Octavia Warrenton 1936
No Score Yet Ah, Wilderness! Essie Miller 1935
94% Mutiny on the Bounty Mrs. Byam 1935
No Score Yet Way Down East Mrs. Bartlett 1935
No Score Yet Love Me Forever Clara Fields 1935
77% Werewolf of London Ettie 1935
92% Little Women Marmee 1933


No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
  • 1967
93% Batman
J. Pauline Spaghetti
  • 1966
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Mrs. Wagner
  • 1960


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