Leland Township — Brook Byron, 92, of Leland Township and Mayfield, Ky., died Monday, May 29, 2006, at Leelanau Memorial Health Center.
Brook was born Sara Delma Bynum in Weakley County, Tenn., on July 31, 1913, the daughter of Samuel H. Bynum and Minnie Pearl Harris. Sara Bynum became Delma Byron and Brook Byron, when she was a professional actress of the stage, television, soap operas and film during the golden years of Hollywood.
As a young lady, Brook was a high-fashion model in New York City and an accomplished sculptress when she lived in Venice, Italy.
Brook shared first billing in the 1936 Shirley Temple movie, "Dimples," in which she starred as Betty Loring. Later, she also starred in the Shirley Temple movie, "The Bowery Princess." She starred in the soap opera "The Brighter Day," which aired on CBS from January 1954 to September 1962, alongside such Hollywood notables such as Hal Holbrook and Patty Duke.
In the 1958 movie, "Auntie Mame," Brook starred as Sally Cato opposite Rosalind Russell.
Brook was also an accomplished stage actress, appearing on stage with Jack Klugman and Hans Conried, among others.
Brook is survived by two nieces, Rebecca (Jim Carpenter) Reynolds of Leland and Sara (Nathan) Hart of Benton, Ky.; two great-nieces; one great-nephew; two great-great-nieces; and three great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Dulcie Crawford; and a brother, Jimmy Bynum.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date in the state in which she was raised, Kentucky.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.
This obituary was originally published in the Record-Eagle.