Books: Blithe Spirit

EVERY OTHER INCH A LADY by BEATRICE LILLIE, with JOHN PHILIP and

JAMES BROUGH 360 pages. Doubleday. $7.95.

There might be Dayak matrons in the forests of Borneo, Noel Coward once wrote, who would reduce you to helpless laughter. There might also be unspeakably hilarious female Pygmies in the jungles of the Congo. But in our civilization, he concluded, Bea Lillie must be the funniest woman alive.

Few who have seen her, offstage as well as on, are likely to disagree. When an errant pigeon flew in her apartment window, what could she do but...

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