Spring Byington (1886–1971)

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The possessor of one of Hollywood's gentlest faces and warmest voices, and about as sweet as Tupelo honey both on-and-off camera, character actress Spring Byington was seldom called upon to play callous or unsympathetic (she did once play a half-crazed housekeeper in Dragonwyck (1946)). Although playing the part of Mrs. March in Little Women (1933)... See full bio »

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Known For

Heaven Can Wait Bertha Van Cleve
Dragonwyck Magda
Louisa Louisa Norton


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 1968 The Flying Nun (TV Series)
Mother General
- To Fly or Not to Fly (1968) ... Mother General
 1968 Blondie (TV Series)
 1967 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
- Meet My Master's Mother (1967) ... Mother
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
J. Pauline Spaghetti
- The Catwoman Goeth (1966) ... J. Pauline Spaghetti
- The Sandman Cometh (1966) ... J. Pauline Spaghetti
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Mother Caritas
- Going Home (1965) ... Mother Caritas
- Fathers and Daughters (1965) ... Mother Caritas
 1965 Kentucky Jones (TV Series)
Mrs. Jolly
- Feminine Intrusion (1965) ... Mrs. Jolly
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Iris Fuchsia
- The Timothy Heist (1964) ... Iris Fuchsia
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
 1963 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Miss Karen Dooley
- Oh, Those Hats! (1963) ... Miss Karen Dooley
 1961-1963 Laramie (TV Series)
Daisy Cooper / Aunt Daisy Cooper
- The Road to Helena (1963) ... Daisy Cooper (credit only)
- Trapped (1963) ... Daisy Cooper
- Badge of Glory (1963) ... Daisy Cooper
- The Marshals (1963) ... Daisy Cooper
- The Stranger (1963) ... Daisy Cooper
 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Alice Wagner
- The Man with Two Faces (1960) ... Alice Wagner
 1960 The Tab Hunter Show (TV Series)
Mollie Coburn
- The Matchmaker (1960) ... Mollie Coburn
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Melinda Gray
- The Sitter's Baby (1960) ... Melinda Gray
 1960 The Detectives (TV Series)
- Floating Face Down (1960) ... 'Maudie'
 1960 Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Suzie Robinson
 1954-1959 December Bride (TV Series)
Lily Ruskin
- Bald Baby (1959) ... Lily Ruskin
- Lily the Example (1959) ... Lily Ruskin
- Lily Helps Twilly (1959) ... Lily Ruskin
- Linda on TV (1959) ... Lily Ruskin
- Lily Goes Fishing (1959) ... Lily Ruskin
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Miller
- The Moneymaker (1956) ... Mrs. Miller
 1956 Strange Stories (TV Series)
- Bed and Board (1956)
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Cora Gibbs
- The Great Wide World (1956) ... Cora Gibbs
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Aunt Cordelia
- Wonderful Day for a Wedding (1954) ... Aunt Cordelia
 1954 The Rocket Man
Justice Amelia Brown
 1953 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Eloise Adams
- Wonderland (1953) ... Eloise Adams
 1952 Because You're Mine
Mrs. Montville
 1952 No Room for the Groom
Mama Kingshead
 1951 Bannerline
Mrs. Loomis
 1951 Angels in the Outfield
Sister Edwitha
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
- Charming Billy (1951)
 1951 According to Mrs. Hoyle
Mrs. Harriet Hoyle
 1950-1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. January
- Mrs. January and Mr. Ex (1950) ... Mrs. January
 1950 Walk Softly, Stranger
Mrs. Brentman
 1950 Devil's Doorway
Mrs. Masters
 1950 The Skipper Surprised His Wife
Agnes Thorndyke
 1950 Louisa
Louisa Norton
 1950 Please Believe Me
Mrs. Milwright
 1950 The Reformer and the Redhead
Kathy's Mother (voice, uncredited)
 1949 The Big Wheel
Mary Coy
 1949 In the Good Old Summertime
Nellie Burke
 1948 B.F.'s Daughter
Gladys Fulton
 1947 It Had to Be You
Mrs. Martha Stafford
 1947 Cynthia
Carrie Jannings
 1947 Singapore
Mrs. Bellows
 1947 Living in a Big Way
Mrs. Minerva Alsop Morgan
 1947 My Brother Talks to Horses
Mrs. 'Ma' Penrose
 1946 Faithful in My Fashion
Miss Mary Swanson
 1946 Little Mister Jim
Mrs. Starwell
 1946 Dragonwyck
 1946 A Letter for Evie
Mrs. McPherson
 1946 Meet Me on Broadway
Sylvia Kane Storm
 1945 Captain Eddie
Mrs. Frost
 1945 Thrill of a Romance
Nona Glenn
 1945 Salty O'Rourke
Mrs. Brooks
 1945 The Enchanted Cottage
Violet Price
 1944 I'll Be Seeing You
Mrs. Marshall
 1944 Reward Unlimited (Short)
Peggy's Mother
 1944 The Heavenly Body
Nancy Potter
 1943 Sucker Bait (Documentary short)
Jack's Mother
 1943 Heaven Can Wait
Bertha Van Cleve
 1943 Presenting Lily Mars
Mrs. Mars
 1942 The War Against Mrs. Hadley
Cecilia Talbot
 1942 The Affairs of Martha
Sophia Sommerfield
 1942 Rings on Her Fingers
Mrs. Maybelle Worthington
 1942 Roxie Hart
Mary Sunshine
 1942 The Vanishing Virginian
Rosa Yancey
 1941 When Ladies Meet
Bridget Drake
 1941 Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime
Carlotta Emerson
 1941 The Devil and Miss Jones
Elizabeth Ellis
 1941 Meet John Doe
Mrs. Mitchell
 1941 Arkansas Judge
Mary Shoemaker
 1940 Lucky Partners
 1940 My Love Came Back
Mrs. Malette
 1940 On Their Own
Mrs. John Jones
 1940 Young as You Feel
Mrs. John Jones
 1940 Laddie
Mrs. Stanton
 1940 The Blue Bird
Mummy Tyl
 1939 A Child Is Born
Mrs. West
 1939 Too Busy to Work
Mrs. John Jones
 1939 Quick Millions
Mrs. John Jones
 1939 Chicken Wagon Family
Josephine Fippany
 1939 The Jones Family in Hollywood
Mrs. John Jones
 1939 Everybody's Baby
Mrs. John Jones
 1938 Down on the Farm
Mrs. John Jones
 1938 You Can't Take It with You
Penny Sycamore
 1938 Safety in Numbers
Mrs. John Jones
 1938 A Trip to Paris
Mrs. John Jones
 1938 Jezebel
Mrs. Kendrick
 1938 Love on a Budget
Mrs. Louise Jones
 1938 Penrod and His Twin Brother
Mrs. Schofield
 1938 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Widow Douglas (uncredited)
 1938 The Buccaneer
Dolly Madison
 1937 The Jones Family in Borrowing Trouble
Mrs. John Jones
 1937 It's Love I'm After
Aunt Ella Paisley
 1937 Hot Water
Mrs. John Jones
 1937 Hotel Haywire
Mrs. Parkhouse
 1937 The Road Back
Ernst's Mother
 1937 Big Business
Mrs. John Jones
 1937 A Family Affair
Mrs. Emily Hardy
 1937 Penrod and Sam
Mrs. Schofield
 1937 Clarence
Mrs. Wheeler
 1937 Green Light
Mrs. Dexter
 1937 Off to the Races
Mrs. John Jones
 1936 Theodora Goes Wild
Rebecca Perry
 1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Lady Octavia Warrenton
 1936 The Girl on the Front Page
Mrs. Langford
 1936 Dodsworth
Matey Pearson
 1936 Stage Struck
Mrs. Randall
 1936 Back to Nature
Mrs. Louise Jones
 1936 Palm Springs
Aunt Letty
 1936 Educating Father
Mrs. John Jones
 1936 Every Saturday Night
Mrs. Evers
 1936 The Voice of Bugle Ann
Ma Davis
 1935 The Great Impersonation
Duchess Caroline
 1935 Broadway Hostess
Mrs. Duncan-Griswald-Wembly-Smythe
 1935 Ah Wilderness!
Essie Miller
 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty
Mrs. Byam
 1935 Way Down East
Mrs. Louisa Bartlett
 1935 Orchids to You
Alice Draper
 1935 Love Me Forever
Clara Fields
 1935 Werewolf of London
Miss Ettie Coombes
 1933 Little Women
Marmee March
 1930 Papa's Slay Ride (Short)
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She acted in Paul Osborn's play, "The Vinegar Tree," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Tom Powers in the cast. See more »

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[regarding her cheerful, optimistic image] It's very simple. Lady Macbeth and I aren't friends. See more »


She performed in reference footage for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959). See more »

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