Beatrice Lillie

Actor, Singer
A brilliant deadpan stage comic whose film career never really took off, Beatrice Lillie was born in Canada had her first success in the 1910s in London with revues staged by Andre Charlot. She starred in shows by Noel ... Read more »
Born: 05/28/1894 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (6)

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 (Movie)

Mrs Meers (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (09/29/65) 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (04/09/50) 1949 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

Exit Smiling 1925 (Movie)

(Actor)

Are You There? (Movie)

Shirley Travis (Actor)

Doctor Rhythm (Movie)

Mrs. Lorelei Dodge-Blodgett (Actor)

Biography

A brilliant deadpan stage comic whose film career never really took off, Beatrice Lillie was born in Canada had her first success in the 1910s in London with revues staged by Andre Charlot. She starred in shows by Noel Coward, Shaw and others, including several one-woman shows.

Lillie's unique appeal rarely came across on screen. Her first film, the silent "Exit Smiling" (1926) was a hit, and she shone in the all-star "Show of Shows" (1929). But her film work was spotty from then on: the early musical "Are You There?" (1930), the Bing Crosby musical "Dr. Rhythm" (1938), the stagy British-made "On Approval" (1944) and a cameo in "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956). She went out in style, though, with a brilliant turn as a white slaver in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (1967).

Relationships

John Huck

Companion
companion and conservator died of a heart attack on January 21, 1989, one day after Lillie 30 years her junior

Robert Peel

Husband
British married January 1920 until his death in 1934

Robert Peel

Son
died in action in WWII

EDUCATION

dropped out of school at age 15

Milestones

1967

Final film, "Thoroughly Modern Millie"

1926

Film debut, "Exit Smiling"

1914

Made London stage debut

1910

Began performing in vaudeville singing act with mother and sister (date approximate)

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