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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

(1967)
Exit Smiling Violet
(1926)
Are You There? Shirley Travis
(1930)
Around the World in 80 Days Leader of London Revivalist Group
(1956)

Filmography

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 1967 Before the Fringe (TV Series)
- Episode #2.6 (1967)
 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie
Mrs. Meers
 1960 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Sketch Actor
- Episode #14.6 (1960) ... Sketch Actor
 1956 Around the World in 80 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 Show of Shows
Performer in 'Recitations' Number
 1926 Exit Smiling
Violet
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Self (38 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in the musical "Auntie Mame," at the Adelphi Theatre in London, England, with Florence Desmond, David Bird, Geoffrey Toone, Dinsdale Landen and Rosamund Greenwood in the cast. Jack Minster was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bea Lillie | Beatrice Lilly

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Did You Know?

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:

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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