Lily Morris (September 30, 1882 – October 3, 1952), born Lilles Mary Crosby, was an English music hall performer, who specialized in singing comedic songs, notably 'Why Am I Always The Bridesmaid' and 'Don't Have Any More, Missus Moore".
Morris was born in the Holborn area of London, and began performing professionally at the age of ten. She built a formidable career, including several successful international tours. She had a particularly successful run at the Palace Theater in New York in 1928. She also appeared in the musical revue film Elstree Calling (1930), co-directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and a later appearance in the film Radio Parade of 1935 as a charlady alongside fellow music hall performer Nellie Wallace.
She retired from the stage in 1940, except for a brief appearance in 1948. In 1941 she appeared as the formidable "Lady Randall" in the Arthur Askey comedy I Thank You but reverts to type in the final scene where she gives a rendition of the old music hall standard "Waiting at the Church" at an impromptu concert in a tube station bomb shelter.
Lily Morris's most popular song hits include:
- "Because He Loves Me"
- "My Old Man (Said Follow the Van)" (original performer: Marie Lloyd)
- "Don't Have Any More, Missus Moore" (1929), (written by Harry Castling)
- "He's Only a Working Man"
- "The Old Apple Tree"
- "Waiting at the Church"
- "Why Am I Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Blushing Bride?" (written 1917)
- Variety (1935)
- Lily Morris Website
- "Music Hall Star Dies," New York Times (1857-Current File), October 4, 1952, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed January 6, 2008).
- "British Artists Rule Palace Bill," New York Times (1857-Current file), January 24, 1928, http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed January 6, 2008).
- Times obituary.
- IMDb: I Thank You
- "Lily Morris: Don't Have any More Mrs. Moore". .allmusic.com. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.