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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 (2 credits)
Show Show Self (32 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Madame Arcati"; final Broadway performance) in "High Spirits" on Broadway. NOTES: (1) She was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical). (2) It was during the run of this show that she began showing signs of Alzheimer'd Disease, and this became her final show on Broadway. 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:

[To a pigeon who flew into her apartment and perched on a nearby chair] Any messages? See more »

Trivia:

Her son, who had enlisted in the Royal Navy, was killed in 1942 during a Japanese air raid on the port of Colombo, Ceylon. See more »

Trademark:

String of pearls and a long cigarette holder

Nickname:

Bea

Star Sign:

Gemini

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