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Beatrice Lillie

Beatrice Lillie

Beatrice Lillie was the outstanding comedic actress of her time.

She was born Beatrice Gladys Lillie (not, as is sometimes claimed, as Constance Sylvia Munsfird) in Toronto, Ontario in Canada.

Her mother took her and her sister Muriel to England, where she made her West End debut in 1914.

She was noted primarily for her stage work in revues and light comedies, frequently paired with Gertrude Lawrence, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley. She was associated particularly with the works of Noel Coward, though Cole Porter also wrote songs for her. She made few appearances on film, appearing in a cameo role as a revivlaist in Around the World in Eighty Days and as Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She won a Tony Award in 1953 for her revue An Evening With Beatrice Lillie and made her final stage appearance in High Spirits, the musical version of Coward's Blithe Spirit. She retired from the stage due to Alzheimer's disease.

She married, on 20 January 1920 at the church of St. Paul, Drayton Bassett, Fazely, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, England to Sir Robert Peel, 5th Baronet and became Lady Peel. Their only child, the 6th Bt, was killed in action aboard the HMS Tenedos in Colombo Harbour in 1942.

She died in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire in England.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Beatrice Lillie Facts

Birth Name Constance Sylvia Gladys Munston
BirthdayMay 29, 1894
BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of deathJanuary 20, 1989 (age 94)
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Beatrice Lillie compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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