Birthday: 17-10-1886
Date of death: 07-09-1971
Star sign: Scorpio

Spring’s full name was Spring Dell Byington.She appeared in television,radio and films during her career. She was also a nominee for Academy Award. Her nomination was for best-actress in a supporting role for the movie ‘You Can't Take It with You’ of the year 1938.

She was born and brought up in Colorado. Her proud parents were Helene Maud, a doctor by profession and Edwin Lee Byington, an educator in the school situated in Colorado. She also had a sibling named Helene Kimball Byington. After her father died, her mother took the responsibility of taking care of her , while her sister started living with her grandparents. Later, her mother moved to Boston and so does Spring. Her mother studied medicines there and returned to Denver after her graduation.

Mean while talented Spring has started doing her bit to serve the stage. People saw her doing small plays and stage performances in school. Soon she became the alumnus from the North High school in 1904. Later, with no delay she officially took acting as a profession with the Elitch Garden Stock Company. In 1907, Spring experienced her mother’s death. After the unfortunate incident, her aunty Margaret Eddy adopted Spring and her younger sister. Spring once said she also thought of doing news reporting. However the plan did not excite her well.

After her mother’s death, the preceding year Spring joined a stage group which was touring around Argentina. They mostly performed American and Portuguese plays translated into different languages. The actress said that when she would return to home, she would divide the time for her work and her daughters. Her daughter mostly lived with her friends when she was out for doing plays in some other place. Over a period of time, she now had experience working with many stage troops such as Stuart Walker Company and Birds in Paradise. Her nexus with such big names bagged her role in Broadway performance in the year 1924. She performed in plays like Marc Connelly's Beggar on Horseback and George S. Kaufman. These ran for more than half a year.

Lately, she started doing films in her career. Her film career was not long, but still audiences appreciated her in roles like Marmee in Little Women of 1933 and her debut as Mama in Papa's Slay Ride of 1930. Her famous releases were Mutiny on the Bounty of 1935 and The Jones Family. She said she was satisfied doing serving character roles in front of the audiences.

During World War 2, she turned to radio and continued with this profession as her film career was anticipated to come to an end. She did popular series like sitcom December Bride, and I love you Lucy.People saw her in one of the episodes of Dennis the Menace. The special episode called Dennis’s Birthday. People saw her for the last time as Mother General in ABC’s The Flying Nun which starred Sally Field.

In her personal life, Spring learnt Spanish, Portuguese. She could speak those languages fluently. She was a lover of science fiction as well as metaphysics novels. She was also interested in flying and took some lessons of it in 1954. She married Roy Chandler in 1909. He was her troop manager. They both got divorced in 1920 after the birth of her two daughters. After which, she focused entirely on building her career.

In 1930’s she found love with an Industrialist and got engaged with him. But unfortunately, he died after years of their engagement but before their marriageIt is also allegedly said that she was a lesbian. Her closest friends declared it.On September 7, 1971, she died out of cancer.

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Spring was born to Edwin Lee Byington and Helene Maud in Colorado Springs, Colorado and had one younger sister. When Edwin Lee died, her mother decided to send her sister to live with her grandparents while she stayed with the family in Denver. Spring graduated from North High School in 1904. She did several shows in her school days which ignited her love for acting. After graduating, she joined the Elitch Garden Stock Company to become a professional actor. When her mother died in 1907, both Spring and Helene were adopted by their aunt, Margaret Eddy.

Since she had attained the legal maturity age by then, she took all her inheritance to try her luck in acting in New York City. She is reported to have confessed that she tried her luck at newspaper reporting but she was never really good at anything else except acting. In 1908, she joined a company that was doing tours through Buenos Aires, Argentina, performing plays. During this, she met Roy Chandler who was the manager of the troupe she was working with. They got married in 1909 and she had two daughters from this marriage but the union lasted only till 1920.

She worked with the company between 1908 and 1916. After her divorce, she decided to devote her time between acting and her daughters so she moved to New York. While she worked in the Manhattan, her daughters stayed with two close friends in Madison County, NY. Though she did several tours and performances, it wasn’t until 1924 that she got a role in a Broadway performance which ran for six months. She continued with her Broadway performances for about ten years (1925-1935) with additional 18 productions. During the late years of her Broadway, she did small films and got better known for her role in Little Women as Marmee in which she played mother to Katherine Hepburn. She became famous for her mothering role in the film series ‘’Jones Family’’.

During this phase, she became famous for her roles in which she played light-hearted, concerned, loving and wise mother/relative. Her roles were so kind and polite that it was difficult for people to accept her in mischievous roles. In 1954, she got featured in her own TV show called December Bride which was initially a radio program. Spring’s personality wasn’t just about her acting. She was much more than that. She showed interest in metaphysics, read science fiction novels and had enough knowledge about the constellations and Earth’s satellites to impress anyone. She passed away on September 7, 1971 at her home in Hollywood Hills due to cancer. Her body was donated to medical research as per her request. Her contribution to the acting industry is highly acknowledged as she has two stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame – one for films and one for acting.

Patty Duke English Actress

Patty Duke

Patty Duke was born on December 14, 1946, in Elmhurst, New York City, United States. She had two siblings – a sister called Carol and a brother called Raymond. They unfortunately had a tough childhood as their father was an alcohol addict and their mother had a tendency of violence along with being clinically depressed. Patty was only six years old when her mother made her father move out from their house. At the young age of eight her talent managers, Ethel and John Ross took over her guardianship. They were already responsible for Patty’s brother’s career and were now on the search for a girl child to add to their list of clients. Thus, they took Patty in. Patty started her career with a role in the TV show, The Brighter Day, in the late 1950s. She also appeared in print ads and television commercials. Duke had a successful singing career, including two Top 40 hits in 1965 - "Don't Just Stand There" and "Say Something Funny". She also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on TV. Duke also wrote two books - her autobiography, Call Me Anna, in 1987, and Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness, in 1992. On August 17, 2004, Duke received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the motion picture industry. On her 61st birthday, on 14 December, 2007, Duke received an honorary degree from the University of North Florida called Doctorate in Humane Letters. This was meant to symbolize her good work done for advancing the awareness on mental health issues. On March 6, 2010, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. At the age of 69 years, Patty passed away. She had a long list of accomplishments to her name. Duke died due to sepsis from a ruptured intestine, according to a statement from Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates, the agency that represented her. "This morning, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian, and champion for mental health, Anna PATTY DUKE Pearce, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place," her family said in a statement posted by her son actor Sean Astin. "We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life”.


Suzanne Pleshette

Suzanne Pleshette was one of the most famous and beautiful celebrities of the American Entertainment Industry. She was known for being a voice actress and an actress, both in television series as well as movies. She was born on 31st of January, in the year 1937 to Geraldine, who was a dancer of her times and also a stage artist, and Eugene Pleshette, a stage manager. She took birth in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, New York City. She had, all throughout her life, followed Judaism as her religion and had attended several educational institutions like Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts. She also attended Syracuse University before getting transferred to Finch College and had also taken up training for theater from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater. Suzanne made her debut, in the field of acting, as a stage actress. She appeared in various Broadway shows, one of the many being ‘Compulsion’, that came out in the year 1957. She, however, became a household name after appearing in a sitcom by CBS named ‘The Bob Newhart Show’. It was this show that won her the fame that she deserved. She also received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series by the Emmy Awards. She has also done several movies like ‘Rome Adventure’, which came out in the year 1962. She made her appearance in this film opposite her first husband, Troy Donahue. Another movie that helped her increase her fame and craze among the audience was ‘The Bird’ by Alfred Hitchcock, and it was released in the year 1963. Suzanne married thrice in her lifetime. Her first marriage was in the year 1964 with Troy Donahue, who was her co-star in several movies including ‘A Distant Trumpet’. They, however, broke apart after a period of 8 months. She gave her life another chance and married Tom Gallagher in the year 1968. However, in the year 2000, he died of lung cancer. Suzanne thought of marrying the third time, and her third husband was Tom Poston and they married in the year 2001. Tom died on 30th April 2007 of respiratory failure. Suzanne, in the year 2006, was diagnosed with lung cancer, a consequence of her habit of chain smoking. She, however, got cured after undergoing chemotherapy. She died of respiratory failure on 19th of January 2008. Another Version of this Bio… Suzanne, an actress, and a voice artist, was born to Jewish parents in Brooklyn Heights, New York City. Her parents were also a part of the acting and dance industry – her mother was a dancer, and her father was a stage manager of the Paramount Theater, Brooklyn. Her qualifications and experience of her field made her more polished since she graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts. She also graduated from the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. She was under the guidance of the famous and respected acting teacher Sanford Meisner.  Her career began in 1957 when she made her Broadway debut in a play called ‘Compulsion’. Her career graph only moved up from there. She did several plays, comedies and was one of the two finalists for the role of Gypsy or Louise in the original version of ‘Gypsy’. Her first screen role was in the CBS drama series called ‘Harbormaster’ in the episode Night Rescue. All admired her voice. She gave her voice to several characters like Yubaba and Zeniba in ‘Spirited Away’ and Zira in Disney’s ‘The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride’. She also sang the song ‘’My Lullaby’’. She appeared on several television shows including ‘Dr. Kildare’ for which she was even nominated for the Emmy Award. She got to co-star in the popular CBS sitcom ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ for six seasons (1972-1978). She got nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series twice. Her 1990 television movie ‘Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean’ got her Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. Suzanne was a part of three marriages. Her marriage with her first husband, Troy Donahue, ended after just eight months. She then got married to an oilman, Tom Gallagher. She married to him until he died from lung cancer. She later married her Newhart co-star Tom Poston. She died on January 19, 2008, after being in treatment for lung cancer since 2006. She was buried next to her last husband, Tom Poston. She got acknowledged for her contribution on January 31, 2008, when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Suzanne Pleshette English Actress