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Also Known As: Bea Lillie, Beatrice Lilly Died: January 20, 1989
Born: May 29, 1894 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, singer

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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).

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).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Wisecracks (1991) Herself (Archival Footage)
2.
 Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) Mrs. Meers
3.
 Around the World in 80 Days (1956) Leader of revivalist group, London
4.
 Doctor Rhythm (1938) Mrs. Lorelei Dodge-Blodgett
5.
 Are You There? (1931) Shirley Travis
6.
7.
 Exit Smiling (1926) Violet
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1910:
Began performing in vaudeville singing act with mother and sister (date approximate)
1914:
Made London stage debut
1926:
Film debut, "Exit Smiling"
1967:
Final film, "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
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husband:
Robert Peel. British; married January 1920 until his death in 1934.
companion:
John Phillip Huck. Companion and conservator; died of a heart attack on January 21, 1989, one day after Lillie; 30 years her junior.

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son:
Robert Peel. Died in action in WWII.

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"Every Other Inch a Lady"

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