Beatrice Lillie

Genres: Action & Adventure Comedy Comedy Musicals & The Arts Silent Films
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

29 May 1894, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, d. 20 January 1989, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. An incomparable artist - a comedienne, actress, and singer - who was known in the 20s and 30s as ‘the funniest woman in the world.’ After leaving school at the age of 15 to form a singing trio with her mother and sister, Lillie moved to England just prior to World War I. From 1914-1922, she starred in a series of West End revues, mostly produced by André Charlot. These included Not Likely! (1914), 5064 Gerrard (1915), Samples (1916), Some (1916), Cheep (1917), Tabs (1918), Bran Pie (1919), Now And Then (1921), Pot Luck (1921), and The Nine O’Clock Revue (1922). She also took the comic lead in the Jerome Kern / Guy Bolton / P.G. Wodehouse musical comedy, Oh, Joy! (1919), which had played at the Princess Theatre in New York under the title of Oh, Boy! In 1920, Lillie married Robert Peel, a descendant of the founder of the Metropolitan Police,...

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