Oscar Actors: Byington, Spring

Born October 17, 1886 in Colorado Springs, Colorado; died in 1971.

Byington made her stage debut at 14, and her Broadway debut in 1924. Her first film was George Cukor's “Little Women,” in 1933.

Five years later, she received her first (and only) Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Frank Capra's comedy, “You Can't Take It With You,” which won the Best Picture.

She was a regular in the “Jones Family” film series, between 1936 and 1940, and later starred in the TV series, “December Bride.”

Byington's last big-screen appearance was in the Doris Day comedy, “Please Don't Eat the Daisies,” in 1960.

Oscar Context

In 1938, the Supporting Actress winner was Fay Bainter for the period melodrama, “Jezebel.”