Spring Byington

Spring Byington (October 17, 1886 – September 7, 1971) was an American actress. Her career included a seven-year run on radio and television as the star of December Bride. She was a key MGM contract player appearing in films from the 1930s through the 1960s. Byington was born Spring Dell Byington in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She had one sibling, a six years younger sister, Helene Kimball Byington. Their father was Prof. Edwin Lee Byington (1852–1891), an educator and superintendent of schools in Colorado. When he died unexpectedly, his widow, Helene Maud (née Cleghorn), decided to send her younger daughter to live with her parents, Arthur and Charlotte Cleghorn, in Port Hope, Ontario, while the elder (Spring) remained with family in Denver. Helene Cleghorn Byington moved to Boston, Massachusetts to study at the Boston University School of Medicine and graduated in 1896, after which she moved back to Denver, and began her medical practice with fellow graduate, Dr. Mary Ford. Spring Byington played in amateur shows in her school days and graduated from North High School in 1904, and shortly afterward, at age 14, became a professional actress with the Elitch Garden Stock Company.


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