Spring Byington

Spring Byington


Birth Place
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
October 17, 1893
September 07, 1971

Photos & Videos

The Devil and Miss Jones - Lobby Cards
Devil's Doorway - Publicity Stills
You Can't Take It with You - Lobby Card Set

Family & Companions

Roy Chandler
Stage manager. Married c. 1912; divorced c. 1917.




Cast (Feature Film)

Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)
Mrs. Suzie Robinson
The Rocket Man (1954)
Justice Amelia Brown
No Room for the Groom (1952)
Mama Kingshead
Because You're Mine (1952)
Mrs. Montville
Bannerline (1951)
Mrs. Loomis
Angels in the Outfield (1951)
Sister Edwitha
According to Mrs. Hoyle (1951)
Mrs. Hoyle
The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)
Voice of Kathleen's mother
Devil's Doorway (1950)
Mrs. Masters
Please Believe Me (1950)
Mrs. Milwright
Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)
Mrs. Brentman
The Skipper Surprised His Wife (1950)
Agnes Thorndyke
Louisa (1950)
Louisa Norton
The Skipper Suprised His Wife (1950)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
Nellie Burke
The Big Wheel (1949)
Mary Coy
B. F.'s Daughter (1948)
Gladys Fulton
My Brother Talks to Horses (1947)
Mrs. ["Ma"] Penrose
Cynthia (1947)
Carrie Jannings
It Had to Be You (1947)
Mrs. Stafford
Living in a Big Way (1947)
Mrs. Morgan
Little Mister Jim (1947)
Mrs. Starwell
Singapore (1947)
Mrs. Bellows
Dragonwyck (1946)
Faithful in My Fashion (1946)
Miss Swanson
Meet Me on Broadway (1946)
Sylvia Storm
A Letter for Evie (1946)
Mrs. McPherson
Captain Eddie (1945)
Mrs. Frost
The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
Violet Price
Salty O'Rourke (1945)
Mrs. Brooks
Thrill of a Romance (1945)
Nona Glenn
The Heavenly Body (1944)
Nancy Potter
I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
Sarah Marshall
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
Bertha Van Cleve
Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
Mrs. [Flora] Mars
Roxie Hart (1942)
Mary Sunshine
The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
Cecilia Talbot
The Vanishing Virginian (1942)
Rosa Yancey
Rings on Her Fingers (1942)
Mrs. Maybelle Worthington
The Affairs of Martha (1942)
Mrs. Sophie Sommerfield
Arkansas Judge (1941)
Mary Shoemaker
Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime (1941)
Carlotta Emerson
When Ladies Meet (1941)
Bridget Drake
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
Elizabeth [Ellis]
Meet John Doe (1941)
Mrs. Mitchell
My Love Came Back (1940)
Mrs. Malette
A Child Is Born (1940)
Mrs. [Mamie] West
The Blue Bird (1940)
Mummy Tyl
On Their Own (1940)
Mrs. John Jones [Mother]
Lucky Partners (1940)
Laddie (1940)
Mrs. Stanton
Young As You Feel (1940)
Mrs. John Jones
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)
Mrs. Hubbard
Too Busy to Work (1939)
Mrs. Louise Jones
The Jones Family in Hollywood (1939)
Mrs. John Jones
The Jones Family in Quick Millions (1939)
Mrs. John Jones
Everybody's Baby (1939)
Mrs. John Jones
Chicken Wagon Family (1939)
Josephine Fippany
Jezebel (1938)
Mrs. Kendrick
The Buccaneer (1938)
Dolly Madison
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
Penny Sycamore
Down on the Farm (1938)
Mrs. John Jones
Safety in Numbers (1938)
Mrs. John Jones
A Trip to Paris (1938)
Mrs. John Jones
Love on a Budget (1938)
Mrs. John Jones
Penrod and His Twin Brother (1938)
Mrs. Schofield
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)
Widow Douglas
The Road Back (1937)
Ernst's mother
Green Light (1937)
Mrs. Dexter
It's Love I'm After (1937)
Aunt Ella
A Family Affair (1937)
Mrs. [Emily] Hardy
Clarence (1937)
Mrs. Wheeler
Hotel Haywire (1937)
Mrs. [Minerva] Parkhouse
The Jones Family in Big Business (1937)
Mrs. John Jones
Borrowing Trouble (1937)
Mrs. John Jones
Hot Water (1937)
Mrs. John Jones
Penrod and Sam (1937)
Mrs. Schofield
Off to the Races (1937)
Mrs. John Jones
Dodsworth (1936)
Matey Pearson
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Lady Octavia Warrenton
Stage Struck (1936)
Mrs. Randall
Palm Springs (1936)
Aunt Letty
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
Rebecca Perry
The Voice of Bugle Ann (1936)
Ma Davis
Back to Nature (1936)
Mrs. [Louise] Jones
The Girl on the Front Page (1936)
Mrs. Langford
Educating Father (1936)
Mrs. John Jones
Every Saturday Night (1936)
Mrs. [Louise] Evers
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Mrs. Byam
The Great Impersonation (1935)
Duchess Caroline
Way Down East (1935)
Mrs. [Louisa] Bartlett
Broadway Hostess (1935)
Mrs. Duncan-Griswold-Wembly-Smythe
Orchids to You (1935)
Alice Draper
Werewolf of London (1935)
Miss Ettie Coombes
Ah, Wilderness (1935)
Essie [Miller]
Love Me Forever (1935)
[Clara] Fields
Little Women (1933)
Marmee [March]

Cast (Special)

The Desilu Revue (1959)

Life Events


After father's death, sent with sister to live with relatives in Canada while mother completed medical training (date approximate)


Married at age 18 and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina (date approximate)


After divorce from husband, moved to NYC to pursue an acting career (date approximate)


Breakthrough stage role in "Beggar on Horseback"


Enjoyed warm notices for performance in stage play "Once in a Lifetime"


Acted in the short comedy film "Papa's Slay Ride"


Portrayed Marmee in the film version of "Little Women"


Made last Broadway appearances in "No Questions Asked", "Jig Saw" and "The First Apple"


Appeared in eight movies, including "Mutiny on the Bounty" and "Ah, Wilderness!"


Co-starred in "Dodsworth" and "Theodora Goes Wild", among others


Introduced a signature role as the matriarch of a typical American family in "Every Saturday Night"; in original film family's surname was Evers, but it was changed to Jones for a series of 17 sequels produced between 1936 and 1940


Originated role of Mrs. Hardy in "A Family Affair"; role was played by Faye Holden in later installments of the series


Received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for portrayal of the flighty mother of an eccentric family in "You Can't Take It With You", directed by Frank Capra


Cast as Shirley Temple's mother in the Technicolor feature "The Blue Bird"


Appeared as Barbara Stanwyck's mom in "Meet John Doe"


Portrayed the nosy gossip columnist Mary Sunshine in "Roxie Hart", starring Ginger Rogers


Continued in a maternal vein playing Judy Garland's parent in "Meet Lily Mars"


Was the cruel mother of Dorothy Maguire in "The Enchanted Cottage"


Had one of her best career roles in "Louisa", as a widowed grandmother who is courted by two suitors


Made TV appearance in "Charming Billy", an episode of "Bigelow-Sanford Theater" on the Dumont network


Starred in the radio production "December Bride"


Reprised role in the TV series "December Bride" (CBS)


Final film, "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"

Photo Collections

The Devil and Miss Jones - Lobby Cards
The Devil and Miss Jones - Lobby Cards
Devil's Doorway - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize MGM's Devil's Doorway (1950), starring Robert Taylor and Paula Raymond. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
You Can't Take It with You - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Frank Capra's You Can't Take It with You (1938). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
In the Good Old Summertime - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from MGM's In the Good Old Summertime (1949), starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson.


Movie Clip

Blue Bird, The (1940) -- (Movie Clip) It's Against The Law! Opening in black & white from a Maurice Maeterlinck fantasy (thus seen as similar to the previous year’s The Wizard Of Oz), Shirley Temple and little bro Johnny Russell are woodcutters’ kids seeking a precious bird, Sybil Jason their bothersome friend, in 20th Century-Fox’s The Blue Bird, 1940.
B.F.'s Daughter (1948) -- (Movie Clip) Your Pretty Little Head Park Avenue, 1932, breakfasting with his wife (Spring Byington), industrialist B.F. Fulton (Charles Coburn) fumes over a radio commentator’s criticism as daughter Polly (Barbara Stanwyck) appears, sniffing a chance to help her fiancé (Richard Hart), opening MGM’s B.F.’s Daughter, 1948.
Jezebel (1938) -- (Movie Clip) Pleasant Evening Noteworthy work by director William Wyler and cinematographer Ernest Haller, reluctant but resolute Pres (Henry Fonda) arrives at the ball with rebel fianceè Julie (Bette Davis) in her outrageous red dress, former boyfriend Buck (George Brent) taking some heat, in Jezebel, 1938.
Family Affair, A (1937) -- (Movie Clip) Keep It Dark! Mom Hardy (Spring Byington) and Aunt Milly (Sara Haden) with Andy (Mickey Rooney, his first scene in the role) taking a call from sister Marion (Cecilia Parker), and the judge (Lionel Barrymore) arrives home, in the first Hardy family movie, A Family Affair, 1937.
You Can't Take It With You (1938) -- (Movie Clip) Home Sweet Home This ensemble scene featuring Donald Meek, Lionel Barrymore, Ann Miller, Dub Taylor, Spring Byington and others illuminates the Sycamore household in Frank Capra's You Can't Take It With You, 1938.
Family Affair, A (1937) -- (Movie Clip) I Got Detained Andy (Mickey Rooney) joins adults Aunt Milly (Sara Haden), and his dad the judge (Lionel Barrymore) for breakfast after a big night, in the first Hardy family movie A Family Affair, 1937.
Angels In The Outfield (1951) -- (Movie Clip) Get Her Out Of The Sun Reporter Jennifer (Janet Leigh) narrating, manager McGovern (Paul Douglas) trying his new Shakespeare-augmented griping technique, Sister Edwitha (Spring Byington) escorting orphan Bridget (Donna Corcoran), in Angels In The Outfield, 1951.
I'll Be Seeing You (1944) -- (Movie Clip) Not Much Bigger Than A Cell Traveling at Christmas, mysterious Mary (Ginger Rogers) arrives at the home of her aunt (Spring Byington), meeting her younger cousin Barbara (Shirley Temple), whose faux pas clears up the circumstances, early in I'll Be Seeing You, 1944, from director David Selznick.
It Had To Be You (1947) -- (Movie Clip) A Day In June Director’s credit shared by Don Hartman and cinematographer Rudolph Matè, Ginger Rogers with expressions for three trips to the altar, Charles Evans officiating, Gerald Fielding, Myron Healy and Harlan Warde grooms, Percy Waram and Spring Byington parents, opening It Had To Be You, 1947.
It Had To Be You (1947) -- (Movie Clip) George Moccasins Victoria (Ginger Rogers) explains to fiancè Oliver (Ron Randell) and her parents (Spring Byington, Percy Waram) why she missed him at train station, not wanting to mention her maybe-imaginary Indian pursuer (Cornel Wilde), until he shows up, having acquired a suit, in It Had To Be You, 1947.
Heaven Can Wait (1943) -- (Movie Clip) There Is No Santa Claus Grandad Van Cleve (Charles Coburn) takes the moment to brief son Randolph (Louis Calhern) on what’s happened between his bedridden son and the French maid (Signe Hasso), mom Spring Byington aghast, young Albert (Allyn Joslyn) in support, in Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait, 1943.
Story Of Alexander Graham Bell, The (1939) -- (Movie Clip) You Are No Longer A Child! En route to dine with Boston investor Hubbard (Charles Coburn), inventor Don Ameche (title character) meets Loretta Young as his lip-reading daughter Mabel, then Loretta’s own dazzling sisters (Sally Blane, Georgiana Young, Polly Ann Young), as her siblings, in The Story Of Alexander Graham Bell, 1939.



Edward Lee Byington
Professor. Canadian; died c. 1897.
Helene Byington
Doctor. Canadian; attended medical schools in Colorado and Boston, Massachusetts; died c. 1909.
Helene Byington
Lois Chandler
Phyllis Chandler


Roy Chandler
Stage manager. Married c. 1912; divorced c. 1917.