Beatrice Lillie (Constance Sylvia Gladys Munston)

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Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Dubbed "the funniest woman in the world", comedienne Beatrice Lillie was born the daughter of a Canadian government official and grew up in Toronto. She sang in a family trio act with her mother, Lucy, and her piano-playing older sister, Muriel. Times were hard and the ambitious mother eventually took the girls to England to test the waters. In 1914, Bea made her solo debut in London's West End and was an immediate hit with audiences. A valuable marquee player as a droll revue and stage artiste, she skillfully interwove sketches, songs and monologues with parody and witty satire. Read more...


Character: Herself - Performer in 'Recitations' Number

The Show of Shows 1929

Character: Shirley Travis

Are You There? 1930

Character: Maria Wislack

On Approval 1944

Character: Mrs. Meers

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967