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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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Thoroughly Modern Millie
Exit Smiling
Exit Smiling Violet
Are You There?
Are You There? Shirley Travis
Around the World in 80 Days
Around the World in 80 Days Leader of London Revivalist Group


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 1967 Before the Fringe (TV Series)
- Episode #2.6 (1967)
 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie
Mrs. Meers
 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
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Show Show Self (37 credits)
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Other Works:

(September 3 to 8, 1956) Her play, "Beasops Fables," was performed at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine with Fred Keating, John Philip and Shannon Dean in the cast. Eadie and Rack at the pianos. John Philip was director. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bea Lillie | Beatrice Lilly


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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


She married Robert Peel in 1920, the extravagant heir of Lord Peel. When her father-in-law died in the mid-'20s, she and Robert became Lord and Lady Peel. When husband Robert died of peritonitis in 1934, he left behind huge debts which forced Bea to continue working non-stop for years to come. See more »


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