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Beatrice Lillie

Beatrice Gladys Lillie (29 May 1894 – 20 January 1989), known as Bea Lillie, was a Canadian-born British actress, singer and comedic performer.

She began to perform as a child with her mother and sister. She made her West End debut in 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. 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. She was associated with revues staged by André Charlot and works of Noël Coward and Cole Porter, and frequently was paired with Gertrude Lawrence, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley.

During World War II, Lillie was an inveterate entertainer of the troops. She won a Tony Award in 1953 for her revue An Evening with Beatrice Lillie.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 29th, 1894 (Toronto), Died January 20th, 1989 (Henley-on-Thames)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-37051 10-in. 11/27/1926 Like he loves me Beatrice Lillie Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BVE-37052 10-in. 11/27/1926 Nicodemus Beatrice Lillie Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BVE-37053 10-in. 11/27/1926 Like he loves me Beatrice Lillie Female vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Trial 1924-01-15-02] 10-in. 1/15/1924 There are times Beatrice Lillie Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W141300 10-in. 11/23/1925 Susannah's squeaking shoes Beatrice Lillie Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 76630 12-in. approximately October 1919 Hullo! Philip Braham ; Jack Hulbert ; Beatrice Lillie ; Prince of Wales Theatre Orchestra Vocal duet with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 76631 12-in. approximately October 1919 By the camp fire Philip Braham ; Beatrice Lillie ; José de Moraes ; Prince of Wales Theatre Orchestra Vocal duet with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 76632 12-in. approximately October 1919 Won't you come along, Mary Philip Braham ; Beatrice Lillie ; Prince of Wales Theatre Orchestra Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 76633 12-in. approximately October 1919 A striking dip Jack Barker ; Philip Braham ; Beatrice Lillie ; Prince of Wales Theatre Orchestra ; Rebla ; Jack Tully Vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 76658 12-in. approximately October 20, 1919 That wonderful lamp Philip Braham ; Beatrice Lillie ; Prince of Wales Theatre Orchestra Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 76659 12-in. approximately October 20, 1919 I'm going 'way back home Philip Braham ; Beatrice Lillie ; Prince of Wales Theatre Orchestra Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 76660 12-in. approximately October 20, 1919 Someone else may be there Philip Braham ; Beatrice Lillie ; Prince of Wales Theatre Orchestra Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 0EA471 10-in. 10/24/1934 Baby didn't know Edward Cooper ; Beatrice Lillie Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 0EA472 10-in. 10/24/1934 A baby's best friend Edward Cooper ; Beatrice Lillie Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 60120 10-in. 10/31/1935 Mother told me so Beatrice Lillie vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 60121 10-in. 10/31/1935 Paree Beatrice Lillie vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 74485 12/30/1947 Wind 'round my heart Beatrice Lillie vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 74486 12/30/1947 Honey ma' love Beatrice Lillie vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 74487 12/30/1947 Clop! Clip! Clop! Beatrice Lillie vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 74488 12/30/1947 Lady Windermore's fan Beatrice Lillie vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 74489 12/30/1947 The yodelin' goldfish Beatrice Lillie vocalist, soprano vocal  
Decca 74490 12/30/1947 Oh, for a night in the ballroom Beatrice Lillie vocalist, soprano vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lillie, Beatrice," accessed July 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105526.

Lillie, Beatrice. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105526.

"Lillie, Beatrice." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105526

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