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 Beatrice Lillie

Beatrice Lillie

Birth
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 20 Jan 1989 (aged 94)
Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
Burial Harpsden, South Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
Memorial ID 10190028 · View Source
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Actress. Born Constance Sylvia Gladys Munston, she was known as the "Funniest Woman in the World". She began her stage career in London, England in 1914 at the Chatham Music Hall, gaining fame in music hall and intimate revue. She would go on to work with playwright Noel Coward and entered cabaret at the Café Royal in 1938. She made her American debut in 1932, where she would later develop her own television series during the 1950s. Her appearances in motion pictures included the films "On Approval" (1944) and "Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)". In 1920 she married Sir Robert Peel, 5th Baronet, which whom she had a son. In next years, she appeared in Up in Mabel's Room in 1921 and in the year-long run of Nine O'Clock Revue in 1922. In 1926, she appeared in her first film role in silent film Exit Smiling. In 1952, she created her own show; incorporating her greatest bits in An Evening with Beatrice Lillie which opened on Broadway. This show garnered rave reviews and she toured with it across Canada three times. She won a Special Tony Award for her performance in 1953. She wrote her autobiography Every Other Inch a Lady in 1972 before suffering strokes in 1974 and again in 1975. She died at age 94, at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, of Alzheimer's Disease. Within 31 hours, her longtime companion John Philip Huck also died of a heart attack. She is buried in a small cemetery near Peel Fold.

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 30 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10190028
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Beatrice Lillie (29 May 1894–20 Jan 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10190028, citing St Margaret Churchyard, Harpsden, South Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .