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Beatrice Lillie (1894–1989)


Dubbed "the funniest woman in the world", comedienne Beatrice Lillie was born the daughter of a Canadian government official and grew up in Toronto. She sang in a family trio act with her mother, Lucy, and her piano-playing older sister, Muriel. Times were hard and the ambitious mother eventually took the girls to England to test the waters. In ... See full bio »

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Known For

Beatrice Lillie
Beatrice Lillie Herself
(1929)
Star Spangled Revue
(1950)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Herself - Guest / Herself
(1962-1969)
Around the World in Eighty Days
Around the World in Eighty Days Leader of London Revivalist Group
(1956)

Filmography

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 1967 Before the Fringe (TV Series)
- Episode #2.6 (1967)
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Leader of London Revivalist Group
 1950 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Vocalist
- Episode #1.3 (1950) ... Guest Vocalist
 1944 On Approval
Maria Wislack
 1938 Doctor Rhythm
Mrs. Lorelei Dodge-Blodgett
 1930 Are You There?
Shirley Travis (as Beatrice Lilly)
 1929 The Show of Shows
Performer in 'Recitations' Number
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Self (32 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

"An Evening with Beatrice Lillie," was performed at the Booth Theatre in New York City for 276 performances. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bea Lillie | Beatrice Lilly

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I was born because my mother needed a fourth for meals. See more »

Trivia:

She was having her hair coiffed at the Elizabeth Arden Salon in New York City when the wife of the founder of the Armour meat-packing company entered, noticed her, and complained loudly that she didn't realize there would be "chorus girls" present or she would not have come. Soon thereafter, as Lillie--who was married to the British Sir Robert Peel--was leaving and saying goodbye to the ... See more »

Trademark:

String of pearls and a long cigarette holder

Nickname:

Bea

Star Sign:

Gemini

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