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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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 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 Dr. Rhythm
Mrs. Lorelei Dodge-Blodgett
 1930 Are You There?
Shirley Travis (as Beatrice Lilly)
 1929 The Show of Shows
Performer in 'Recitations' Number
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Show Show Self (30 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Tilly") in "She's My Baby" on Broadway. Musical comedy/farce. Material by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Special Augmented Orchestra under the direction of Gene Salzer. Choreographed by Mary Read. Directed by Edward Royce. Globe Theatre: 3 Jan 1928-3 Mar 1928 (71 ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bea Lillie | Beatrice Lilly

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

[In answer to an interviewer's question 'Miss Lillie, what lies at the bottom of your art?'] There are fairies at the bottom of my art. See more »

Trivia:

Profiled in the book, "Funny Ladies", by Stephen M. Silverman. See more »

Trademark:

String of pearls and a long cigarette holder

Nickname:

Bea

Star Sign:

Gemini

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