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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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Star Spangled Revue
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Hide Hide Show Show Actress (9 credits)
 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 Dotor 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 (31 credits)
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Other Works:

She acted in the play, "This Year of Grace," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bea Lillie | Beatrice Lilly


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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


According to Axel Madsen in "The Sewing Circle", she was considered for the role of "The Good Witch" in The Wizard of Oz (1939) in 1936, but was thought too funny for the role. See more »


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