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Spring Byington

in the Little Women trailer (1933)
Born October 17, 1886(1886-10-17)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
Died September 7, 1971 (aged 84)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active Stage 1904-1935
Film 1930 - 1960
Television and Radio 1944-1968
Spouse(s) Roy Carey Chandler (1915-1918)

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Biography

Early life

She was born Spring Dell Byington in the house at W 32nd Ave. and Osceola St. in Denver, Colorado. She had one younger sister, Helene Kimball Byington, born September 4, 1890, in Colorado. Their father was Prof. Edwin Lee Byington (1852–1891), a well-respected educator and superintendent of schools in Colorado. When he died unexpectedly, his wife (Helene Maud Cleghorn Byington) decided to send their daughters to live with her parents, Arthur and Charlotte Cleghorn, in Port Hope, Ontario. While there, Mrs. Byington moved to Boston and became a student at the Boston University School of Medicine where she graduated in 1896. Upon graduation she moved back to Denver, Colorado, and began a practice with fellow graduate, Dr. Mary Ford. is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar). ... Port Hope (2001 population 15,605) is a picturesque town in the Canadian province of Ontario, Canada, about 70 km east of Toronto city limits or 100 km from downtown Toronto. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... For the similarly named institution in Chestnut Hill, see Boston College. ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ... This article refers to the state capital of Colorado. ...


Spring graduated from North High School in 1904, and shortly afterward began working with the Elitch Garden Stock Company.[1] Her mother had been a friend of Mary Elitch. When Dr. Byington died in 1907, Spring and her sister were legally adopted by their aunt Margaret, wife of Rice Eugene Eddy. However, Spring was already of legal age and took her inheritance to begin an acting career in New York. 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (see link for calendar). ... Elitch Theatre is an 1891 Shingle Style theatre located at the original Elitch Gardens site in northwest Denver, Colorado. ...


Early Career and Marriage

At 18, the actress married Roy Chandler, a Broadway stage manager. The couple lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for three years, where she gave birth to daughters Phyllis (born 1916) and Lois (born approx. 1918). Their marriage ended after four years and Spring returned to New York with her daughters.[1] For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... For other uses, see Buenos Aires (disambiguation). ...


Broadway

Upon returning to New York, Spring divided her time between working in Manhattan and staying with her daughters whom she had placed to live with friends J. Allen and Lois Bobcock in Leonardsville Village, New York (Madison County). She began touring in 1919 with a production of "Birds in Paradise" which brought the Hawaiian culture to the mainland, and in 1921 began work with the Stuart Walker Company for which she played roles in "Mr. Pim Passes By", "The Ruined Lady" and "Rollo's Wild Oats" among others. This connection landed her a role in her first Broadway performance in 1924, George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly's Beggar on Horseback which ran for six months. She renewed the role in March and April 1925 and continued on Broadway with an additional 18 productions in ten years from 1925 to 1935. These included roles in Kaufman and Moss Hart's Once in a Lifetime, Rachel Crothers's When Ladies Meet and Dawn Powell's Jig Saw. George Simon Kaufman (November 16, 1889 - June 2, 1961) was an American playwright, director, producer, humorist, and drama critic noted for his many collaborations with other writers and his contributions to 20th century American comedy. ... Marc Connelly photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1937 Marcus Cook Connelly (December 13, 1890 - December 21, 1980) was a member of the Algonquin roundtable and composed several musicals with playwright George S. Kaufman: 1921 Dulcy 1922 Merton of the Movies 1925 Beggar on Horseback Categories: 1890 births | 1980 deaths ... Edward Everett Horton (left) in a scene from the 1925 film version of Beggar on Horseback Beggar on Horseback is a play by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly. ... Moss Hart (October 24, 1904 – December 20, 1961) was an American playwright and director of plays and musical theater. ... Once in a Lifetime is a song by Talking Heads, off their album Remain in Light. ... Rachel Crothers (December 12, 1878, Bloomington, Illinois, USA—July 5, 1958, Danbury, Connecticut) was a prolific and successful American playwright and theater director, known for her well crafted plays. ... When Ladies Meet may refer to a 1932 play by Rachel Crothers, or 1933 American film and its 1941 remake, both adapted from the play. ... Dawn Powell (November 28, 1896 – November 14, 1965) was an American writer of satirical novels and stories that manage to be barbed and sensitive at the same time. ...


Hollywood

In her last years of Broadway, she began work in films. The first was a short film titled "Papa's Slay Ride" in 1931 and the second, and most famous, was "Little Women" in 1933 as "Marmee" with Katharine Hepburn as her daughter "Jo". She became a household name during "The Jones Family" series of films and continued as a character actress in Hollywood for several years.[1] In 1938, Byington was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for You Can't Take it With You, losing to Fay Bainter for Jezebel (in which Byington also had a role, as antebellum society matron Mrs Kendrick). This article is about the 1933 film . ... Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress of film, television and stage. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ... You Cant Take It with You is a Pulitzer Prize winning comedic play in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and was the basis for the 1938 Academy Award winning film directed by Frank Capra. ... Fay Bainter (December 7, 1891 – April 16, 1968) was an American actress. ... Jezebel is a 1938 film that tells the story of a headstrong young Southern woman during the years prior to the American Civil War, and how her actions cost her the love of the man she truly loves. ...


During World War II, she worked in radio and decided to return when her film career began to dwindle after the war. In 1952, she joined CBS Radio to become the lead in the sitcom December Bride. In 1954, Desilu Productions produced a pilot of the show for a television sitcom, also starring Spring. The pilot was successful and the new hit sitcom played every night immediately after I Love Lucy until 1959. From 19611963, she appeared in the Western series Laramie. Her second-to-last role before death from cancer was as Larry Hagman's mother on I Dream of Jeannie in 1967, and her last role was as Mother General on "The Flying Nun" in 1968. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... This article is about the broadcast network. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... For the 1990 Irish film, see December Bride (film). ... The Desilu logo, used in the 1960s. ... I Love Lucy is a popular American situation comedy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Laramie was a television series aired on NBC from 1959 to 1963. ... Larry Hagman (born on September 21, 1931) is a popular American actor who is famous for playing J.R. Ewing in the 1980s television soap opera Dallas and Major Anthony Nelson on the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. ... For the episode of The Twilight zone, see I Dream of Genie (The Twilight Zone). ... The Flying Nun was a sitcom produced by the ABC from 1967 until 1970. ...


Death and afterward

She donated her body to medical science upon her death.


Byington and her series December Bride are profiled in "The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s Sitcoms," by David C. Tucker, published by McFarland & Company in 2007.


Personal life

Spring Byington was an extremely intelligent and energetic woman her entire life. She spoke Spanish fluently which she learned during a great deal of time spent with her husband in Buenos Aires and also learned Brazilian Portuguese in her golden years. In July 1958 she confided to reporter Hazel Johnson that she had acquired a "small coffee plantation" in Brazil the month before and was learning Portuguese. "Miss Byington explained that she first listens to a 'conditioning record' before she goes to sleep. An hour later her Portuguese lessons automatically begin feeding into her pillow by means of a small speaker." She was also fascinated by lesbian pulp and science fiction novels and preferred books such as George Orwell's 1984 and is noted to have surprised her costars of December Bride with knowledge of the earth's satellites and constellations in the night sky. In August 1955 she began taking flying lessons in Glendale, California. Brazilian Portuguese (português do Brasil in Portuguese) is a group of dialects of Portuguese written and spoken by virtually all the 190 million inhabitants of Brazil and by a couple of million Brazilian emigrants, mainly in the United States, United Kingdom, Portugal, Canada, Japan, and Paraguay. ... George Orwell is the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903[1][2] – 21 January 1950) who was an English writer and journalist well-noted as a novelist, critic, and commentator on politics and culture. ... Nickname: Location of Glendale within Los Angeles County and the State of California. ...


Family

Both of Spring's daughters went by their father's surname of Chandler until they married. Their married names and the names of their children are omitted here for their privacy. Her sister, Helene, married Raleigh Stanhope and had one son, Phillip Stanhope, who passed away in 1948 at the age of 34. He never married or had children. He is mentioned by Spring, seemingly ad-lib, during her radio show performance as guest star on Amos and Andy (Turkey Trouble, 1945). Spring's father, Edwin, and grandfather, Samuel Lee Byington, were the only children of their families. Therefore there are no descendants living with the name Byington with the exception of extremely distant cousins. Spring's ancestors can be traced back to David Byington, born in Farmington, Connecticut, in 1702. This genealogical information is according to Miss Byington's current biographer, Dale Lee Sheldon, who plans to publish his book "December Bride: A Biography of Spring Byington" in 2010.


Flimography

Selected films

This article is about the 1933 film . ... Werewolf of London was the first Hollywood werewolf movie, filmed in 1935 by Universal Pictures and featuring Henry Hull as Wilfred Glendon, a scientist bitten by a werewolf (played by Warner Oland) in Tibet. ... Mutiny on the Bounty, based on the 1932 novel by Charles Nordhoff, is a 1935 film starring Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone. ... The Charge of the Light Brigade is a 1936 historical film made by Warner Bros. ... Theodora Goes Wild is a 1936 comedy film which tells the story of a small town, incensed by a risque novel, little knowing that it was written under a pseudonym by the daughter of the towns leading family. ... Penrod and Sam is a 1937 comedy/drama film. ... The Buccaneer is a 1938 adventure film made by Paramount Pictures. ... Jezebel is an American film drama released in 1938 and directed by William Wyler. ... You Cant Take It with You is a Pulitzer Prize winning comedic play in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and was the basis for the 1938 Academy Award winning film directed by Frank Capra. ... The Blue Bird is a 1940 film starring Shirley Temple. ... The Devil and Miss Jones is a 1941 comedy film starring Jean Arthur and Charles Coburn. ... Overview Meet John Doe is a 1941 film where a man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said hed be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins. ... When Ladies Meet is a 1941 MGM romantic comedy film directed by Robert Z. Leonard starring Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Greer Garson, and Herbert Marshall. ... Roxie Hart is a 1942 film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, William Frawley, and Spring Byington billy bob marley. ... The Affairs of Martha is a 1942 film directed by Jules Dassin. ... Heaven Can Wait Heaven Can Wait is a 1943 comedy film which tells the story of a man who has to prove he belongs in Hell by telling his life story. ... Ill Be Seeing You was a 1944 movie with Joseph Cotten, Ginger Rogers and Shirley Temple, about a prison inmate and a mentally ill soldier who spend Christmas together. ... The Enchanted Cottage is a 1945 romantic film starring Robert Young, Dorothy McGuire, and Mildred Natwick. ... This is a beautifully written work of historical fiction, set in 1840s New York. ... A Letter for Evie is a 1946 film directed by Jules Dassin. ... Living in a Big Way was released on June 10, in 1947. ... It Had to Be You is a 1947 romantic-comedy film, starring Ginger Rogers and Cornel Wilde. ... In the Good Old Summertime is a 1949 musical film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. ... The Big Wheel is a 1949 film starring Mickey Rooney who plays a young son determined to follow in his fathers footsteps as a race car driver. ... Walk Softly, Stranger tells the story of a small-time crook on the run who later becomes reformed by the love of a crippled woman. ... Angels in the Outfield is a 1951 black-and-white film starring Paul Douglas and Janet Leigh. ... Please Dont Eat the Daisies is a 1960 comedy film made by Euterpe Inc. ...

Broadway

  • Beggar on Horseback (1924, 1925 revival) - Mrs. Cady
  • Weak Sisters (1925)
  • Puppy Love (1926)
  • The Great Adventure (1926-1927)
  • Skin Deep (1927)
  • The Merchant of Venice (1928)
  • To-Night at 12 (1928-1929)
  • Be Your Age (1929)
  • Jonesy (1929)
  • Ladies Don't Lie (1929)
  • I Want My Wife (1930)
  • Once in a Lifetime (1930) - Helen Hobart
  • Ladies of Creation (1931)
  • We Are No Longer Children (1932)
  • When Ladies Meet (1932-1933)
  • The First Apple (1933-1934)
  • No Questions Asked (1934)
  • Jig Saw (1934)
  • Piper Paid (1934-1935)

Edward Everett Horton (left) in a scene from the 1925 film version of Beggar on Horseback Beggar on Horseback is a play by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly. ... Once in a Lifetime is a song by Talking Heads, off their album Remain in Light. ...

Jones Family films

  • Every Saturday Night (1936)
  • Educating Father (1936)
  • Back to Nature (1936)
  • Off to the Races (1937)
  • Big Business (1937)
  • Hot Water (1937)
  • Borrowing Trouble (1937)
  • Love on a Budget (1938)
  • A Trip to Paris (1938)
  • Safety in Numbers (1938)
  • Down on the Farm (1938)
  • Everybody's Baby (1939)
  • The Jones Family in Hollywood (1939)
  • The Jones Family in Quick Millions (1939)
  • Too Busy to Work (1939)
  • Young as You Feel (1940)
  • On Their Own (1940)

Television

For the 1990 Irish film, see December Bride (film). ... Alfred Hitchcock Presents was an anthology television series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. ... Laramie was a television series aired on NBC from 1959 to 1963. ... This article is about the 1960s television series. ... For the episode of The Twilight zone, see I Dream of Genie (The Twilight Zone). ... The Flying Nun was a sitcom produced by the ABC from 1967 until 1970. ...

Awards

Byington has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for movies at 6507 Hollywood Blvd. and one for television at 6233 Hollywood Blvd. Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


Nominations

  • 1933 Alexandrias: Best Supporting Actress, Little Women[2]
    • Won by Mary Astor, The World Changes
  • 1938 Oscars: Best Supporting Actress, You Can't Take It with You[3]
    • Won by Fay Bainter, Jezebel
  • 1950 Golden Globes: Best Actress - Comedy or Musical, Louisa[4]
    • Won by Judy Holliday, Born Yesterday
  • 1957 Emmys: Best Actress - Drama or Comedy Series, December Bride[5]
    • Won by Jane Wyatt, Father Knows Best
  • 1958 Emmys: Best Actress - Drama or Comedy Series, December Bride[6]
    • Won by Jane Wyatt, Father Knows Best

References

  1. ^ a b c Stumpf, Charles. "SPRING BYINGTON: Eternal Spring". Classic Images, June 2000.
  2. ^ 1933 Alexandria Awards. Past Awards Database, The Envelope, Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ 1938 Academy Awards. Past Awards Database, The Envelope, Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ 1950 Golden Globe Awards. Past Awards Database, The Envelope, Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ 1957 Emmy Awards. Past Awards Database, The Envelope, Los Angeles Times
  6. ^ 1958-1959 Emmy Awards. Past Awards Database, The Envelope, Los Angeles Times

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Spring Byington - Biography (1211 words)
Spring took her first Broadway bow at age 31 with a role in the comedy satire "A Beggar on Horseback", a show that lasted several months in 1924.
The show ran for a healthy five seasons, and Spring followed this in 1961 with the role of Daisy Cooper, the chief cook and surrogate mother to a bunch of cowpokes in the already established western series "Laramie"; (1959).
Spring and Lionel Barrymore were initially cast as Ma and Pa Hardy in the Andy Hardy film series starring Mickey Rooney.
Spring Byington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1095 words)
She was born Spring Dell Byington in Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 17, 1886.
Byington moved to Boston and became a student at the Boston University School of Medicine where she graduated in 1896.
Byington has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for movies at 6507 Hollywood Blvd. and one for television at 6233 Hollywood Blvd. Byington's photo was used as the photo for Mildred Potter, wife of Colonel Potter, on the American television show "M.A.S.H."
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