Beatrice Lillie


Beatrice Gladys "Bea" Lillie was an actress and comedic performer. Following her 1920 marriage to Sir Robert Peel in England, she was known in private life as Lady Peel. Sheridan Morley noted in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography that "Lillie's great talents were the arched eyebrow, the curled lip, the fluttering eyelid, the tilted chin, the ability to suggest, even in apparently innocent material, the possible double entendre".… Read More

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1894 Birth Born on May 29, 1894.


1914 20 Years Old 1 More Event
She began to perform as a child with her mother and sister. She made her West End debut in the 1914 and soon gained notice in revues and light comedies, becoming known for her parodies of old-fashioned, flowery performing styles and absurd songs and sketches.
1920 26 Years Old She was married, on 20 January 1920, at the church of St. Paul, Drayton Bassett, Fazeley, Staffordshire, England, to Sir Robert Peel, 5th Baronet. Following the marriage, she was known in private life as Lady Peel. She eventually separated from her husband, but the couple never divorced. He died in 1934. Their only child, Sir Robert Peel, 6th Baronet, was killed in action aboard in Colombo Harbour, Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) in 1942. … Read More


1924 30 Years Old 1 More Event
She debuted in New York in 1924 and two years later starred in her first film, continuing to perform in both the US and UK.
1926 32 Years Old In 1926 she returned to New York City to perform. … Read More
1927 33 Years Old After a 1927 tour on the Orpheum Circuit, Lillie made her Broadway Vaudeville debut at the Palace Theatre in 1928 and performed there frequently after that.
1928 34 Years Old She also played at the London Palladium in 1928. … Read More


1944 50 Years Old In 1944, Lillie appeared in the film On Approval. … Read More
1948 54 Years Old In 1948, while touring in the show Inside USA, she met singer/actor John Philip Huck, almost three decades younger, who became her friend and companion, and she boosted his career. … Read More
1950 56 Years Old In 1950 she appeared on The Star Spangled Revue with Bob Hope. … Read More


1960 66 Years Old For her contributions to film, in 1960 Beatrice Lillie was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6404 Hollywood Blvd. … Read More
1964 70 Years Old She starred in Auntie Mame in both New York (1956–1958) and London (1958), and in 1964 she made her final stage appearance as Madame Arcati in High Spirits, the musical version of Coward's Blithe Spirit, receiving another Tony Award nomination.
1977 83 Years Old In 1977, a conservator was appointed over her property, and she retired to England. … Read More
1989 95 Years Old Lillie died on January 20, 1989, which was also the date of her wedding anniversary, at Henley-on-Thames. … Read More
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