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Beatrice Lillie – Actress and Comedienne: The Story of Her Life

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 23, 2007


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by Fred Rankin

"Like all comic geniuses, Beatrice Lillie looked at life as an entirely original experience and her ability to see things differently, in her own subtle, amusing fashion, enabled her to turn what to the ordinary eye may seem the least promising material into something fresh and stimulating. She had the unexpected clarity of a child who, with one devastating remark, could puncture grown-up pretensions and demolish worlds of folly with a mere look."

This article, by Fred Rankin, looks at the life of Beatrice Lillie, an actress and comedienne of Ulster Huguenot ancestry. She was also known as Lady Peel, following her marriage to Sir Robert Peel.