Job Actress
Years active 1904-1968
Known for Moms and matriarchs, bewildered parents, snooty socialites
Top Roles Mrs. Kendrick, Penny Sycamore, Mrs. Byam, Marmee, Sister Edwitha
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Romance, Musical, Film Adaptation, Adventure
Top TopicsBook-Based, Based on Play, Romance (Comic)
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Producer), (Director),
Shares birthday with Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Montgomery Clift  see more..

Spring Byington Overview:

Legendary character actress, Spring Byington, was born on Oct 17, 1886 in Colorado Springs, CO. Byington appeared in over 115 film and television roles. Her best known films include Little Women (as Marmee), The Devil and Miss Jones (as Elizabeth) and You Can't Take It with You (as Peggy Sycamore). In 1952 she starred the on radio as everyone's favorite mother-in-law, Lily Ruskin, in the popular sitcom, December Bride -- followed by a 5-season run (1954-1959) of the hit television series of the same name. From 1961 to 1963, Byington starred as matronly housekeeper, Daisy Cooper, in the Western TV series Laramie. Byington died at the age of 84 on Sep 7, 1971 in Hollywood, CA .

MINI BIO:

From the moment Spring Byington appeared on screen as Marmee in Little Women (1933, feature film debut), there was no competition for the title of Hollywood's favorite mother. That, and her bewitching sense of comedy, kept her in dozens of similar roles from the mid-thirties to the early fifties. Strangely, this queen of homely matriarchs (she began on stage in 1900) was a divorcee who never re-married.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Byington was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1938Best Supporting ActressYou Can't Take It with You (1938)Penny SycamoreNominated
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She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Motion Pictures.

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Spring Byington Quotes:

Dr. Newell Paige: What would religion be without music?
Mrs. Dexter: There was religion long before there was music.


Mayor Hawkins: Why, Bert. I feel slighted. I'd like to join, but nobody asked me.
Sourpuss Smithers: I'm sorry, Mayor, but we voted that no politician could join.
Mrs. Hansen: Just the John Does of the neighborhood because you know how politicians are.


Mrs. Marshall: You must have been looking forward to it, Mary.
Mary Marshall: I was looking forward to seeing you, Aunt Sarah.
Mrs. Marshall: Oh, that's sweet of you, dear.
Mary Marshall: As a matter of fact, selfish. I've been doing a lot of thinking in the past three years, Aunt Sarah, and...
Mrs. Marshall: What sort of things were you thinking, Mary?
Mary Marshall: Coming out into the world and... Even coming here, I had a feeling that ...
Mrs. Marshall: Honey, you've got to stop being afraid. You've got to stop feeling that you're branded like people were in the old days. You've done something. You're paying your debt to society. Most people are willing to let it go at that.
Mary Marshall: I know, Aunt Sarah, but coming out into the world and seeing everybody in uniform, everybody doing something... I just don't belong. I don't fit in. And dreams that I've had for the future are just impossible.
Mrs. Marshall: Well, most dreams are, Mary. It's just the dreaming that counts. Nobody gets exactly what he wants out of life. One of the first things you learn is to make compromises with your dreams.
Mary Marshall: But I'm not talking about palaces and rainbows, Aunt Sarah. I'm talking about a home. A home like this with a kitchen and a stove and an icebox, and a husband, and a child.
Mrs. Marshall: Yes, I have all that. Yet I used to dream about palaces and rainbows.
Mary Marshall: But you're happy.
Mrs. Marshall: Of course. Because I didn't hold out for too much. I accepted what I thought was second best and made that do. Oh, it's something that everybody learns sooner or later. You have to get used to accepting what you think is second best, and then you find out it's first best after all.


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Daughters Lois and Phyllis.

Spring and Lionel Barrymore were initially cast as Ma and Pa Hardy in the Andy Hardy film series starring Mickey Rooney. MGM decided to replace the couple, however, with Fay Holden and Lewis Stone before the series started.

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