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      Spring Byington

      Spring Byington

      Highest Rated: 100% The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

      Lowest Rated: 57% Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)

      Birthday: Oct 17, 1886

      Birthplace: Hollywood, California, USA

      For over 30 years, Spring Byington balanced a prolific stage and radio career with strong supporting roles in film and television. She took up acting at a young age, and by 1910 she had joined a repertory company and embarked on a tour of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She married the theater company's manager and lived abroad for eight years before returning to New York in 1920. There she honed her comedic skills in numerous Broadway plays, and in 1930 she made her film debut in the short Christmas comedy "Papa's Slay Ride." Her next role, as the kindhearted Marmee in the critically acclaimed adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel "Little Women," became a stock character for the well-liked actress. Byington was a key player in many MGM films of the '30s and '40s, and appeared as the good-natured family matriarch in the popular "Jones family" series of comedies. In 1938, she garnered critical praise for her role as the eccentric Penny Sycamore in the award-winning romantic comedy "You Can't Take It with You." After turning in memorable performances as a stuffy mother in the fantasy romance "Heaven Can Wait" and as a sweet-faced con artist in the Gene Tierney comedy "Rings on Her Fingers," Byington was cast as the perky widow Lily Ruskin in the TV sitcom "December Bride," based on her popular radio serial, which aired for five seasons. Byington later appeared as kindly homemaker Daisy Cooper on the primetime Western series "Laramie"

      Highest rated movies

      The Devil and Miss Jones poster
      The Devil and Miss Jones
      Mutiny on the Bounty poster
      Mutiny on the Bounty
      Jezebel poster
      Jezebel
      You Can't Take It With You poster
      You Can't Take It With You
      Meet John Doe poster
      Meet John Doe
      Dodsworth poster
      Dodsworth
      Little Women poster
      Little Women
      Heaven Can Wait poster
      Heaven Can Wait

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      57% 60% Please Don't Eat the Daisies Suzie Robinson (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rocket Man Justice Amelia Brown (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Room for the Groom Mama Kingshead (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 33% Because You're Mine Mrs. Montville (Character) - 1952
      83% 65% Angels in the Outfield Sister Edwitha (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet According to Mrs. Hoyle Mrs. Hoyle (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bannerline Mrs. Loomis (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 50% Walk Softly, Stranger Mrs. Brentman (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 64% Devil's Doorway Mrs. Masters (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Please Believe Me Mrs. Milwright (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Louisa Louisa Norton (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Skipper Surprised His Wife Agnes Thorndyke (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 22% The Big Wheel Mary Coy (Character) - 1949
      62% 80% In the Good Old Summertime Nellie Burke (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 33% B.F.'s Daughter Gladys Fulton (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 40% Cynthia Carrie Jannings (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 56% Living in a Big Way Mrs. Minerva Alsop Morgan (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Mister Jim Mrs. Starwell (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 17% Singapore Mrs. Bellows (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Brother Talks to Horses Mrs. "Ma" Penrose (Character) - 1946
      67% 70% Dragonwyck Magda (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Faithful in My Fashion Miss Mary Swanson (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Meet Me on Broadway Sylvia Kane Storm (Character) - 1946
      86% 83% The Enchanted Cottage Violet Price (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 56% Thrill of a Romance Nona Glenn (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 75% A Letter for Evie Mrs. McPherson (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Salty O'Rourke Mrs. Brooks (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 72% I'll Be Seeing You Mrs. Marshall (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 24% The Heavenly Body Nancy Potter (Character) - 1943
      88% 75% Heaven Can Wait Bertha Van Cleve (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 77% Presenting Lily Mars Mrs. Mars (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Affairs of Martha Sophia Sommerfield (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 67% Rings on Her Fingers Mrs. Maybelle Worthington (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The War Against Mrs. Hadley Cecilia Talbot (Character) - 1942
      100% 80% The Devil and Miss Jones Elizabeth Ellis (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 45% When Ladies Meet Bridget Drake (Character) - 1941
      92% 83% Meet John Doe Mrs. Mitchell (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Arkansas Judge Mary Shoemaker (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime Carlotta Emerson (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Vanishing Virginian Rosa Yancey (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 35% Lucky Partners Aunt Lucy (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 67% My Love Came Back Mrs. Clara Malette (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 71% The Blue Bird Mummy Tyl (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Child Is Born Mrs. Mamie West (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laddie Mrs. Stanton (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Everybody's Baby Mrs. John Jones (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 58% The Story of Alexander Graham Bell Mrs. Hubbard (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Busy to Work Mrs. John Jones (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicken Wagon Family Unknown (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Hollywood Mrs. John Jones (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Down on the Farm Mrs. John Jones (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love on a Budget Mrs. Louise Jones (Character) - 1938
      95% 83% Jezebel Mrs. Kendrick (Character) - 1938
      95% 88% You Can't Take It With You Penny Sycamore (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 86% The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Widow Douglas (uncredited) (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Penrod and His Twin Brother Mrs. Schofield (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Penrod and Sam Mrs. Laura Schofield (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Light Mrs. Dexter (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 83% It's Love I'm After Aunt Ella (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Borrowing Trouble Mrs. John Jones (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Hot Water Mrs. John Jones (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 36% A Family Affair Mrs. Emily Hardy (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Business Mrs. John Jones (Character) - 1937
      90% 86% Dodsworth Matey Pearson (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 75% Theodora Goes Wild Rebecca Perry (Character) - 1936
      71% 59% The Charge of the Light Brigade Lady Octavia Warrenton (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Every Saturday Night Mrs. Evers (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Palm Springs Aunt Letty (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl on the Front Page Mrs. Langford (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Educating Father Mrs. John Jones (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Voice of Bugle Ann Ma Davis (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Back to Nature Mrs. Louise Jones (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stage Struck Mrs. Randall (Character) - 1936
      96% 84% Mutiny on the Bounty Mrs. Byam (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 20% Way Down East Mrs. Bartlett (Character) - 1935
      77% 45% The Werewolf of London Miss Ettie Coombes (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Impersonation Duchess Caroline (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Broadway Hostess Mrs. Duncan-Griswald-Wembly-Smythe (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 60% Love Me Forever Clara Fields (Character) - 1935
      89% 78% Little Women Marmee (Character) - 1933

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Nun Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet 100% I Dream of Jeannie Mother (Guest Star) 1967
      72% 80% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Daisy Cooper (Character) 1961-1963
      No Score Yet 79% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956