Beatrice Lillie

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Noun1.Beatrice Lillie - British actress (born in Canada) (1898-1989)
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The link to the characters that Tomlin has created over the years goes back to when she was a child watching the likes of pioneering women comedians Lucille Ball, Imogene Coca and Bea Lillie on television.
I wonder how much truth there is in the anecdotal tales of instant brilliant responses - such as Bea Lillie, who is credited with having been chatting with a friend while drinking a Martini on a rooftop terrace when a pigeon landed on her shoulder; she turned her head pigeon-wards and said: "Any message?