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Overview (4)

Born in Liverpool, England, UK
Died in Estepona, Spain  (stroke following a fall)
Birth NamePriscilla Maria Veronica White
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Cilla Black was born on May 27, 1943 in Liverpool, England as Priscilla Maria Veronica White. She was an actress, known for Cilla (1968), Cilla's World of Comedy (1976) and Cilla's Comedy Six (1975). She was married to Bobby Willis. She died on August 1, 2015 in Estepona, Spain.

Spouse (1)

Bobby Willis (25 January 1969 - 23 October 1999) (his death) (4 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Red hair
Mary Quant-style hairdos

Trivia (16)

A friend of The Beatles, she was a hat-check girl at the Cavern during their formative years as a group. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote songs for her to launch her career as a singer. Her manager was Brian Epstein, who was also The Beatles' manager, and she was the first female recording artist to be signed by Epstein. McCartney wrote the theme song "Step Inside Love" which was also a single for Black. The Beatles' version was released on the Anthology CDs.
Had a number 1 hit in the UK with: "You're My World".
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1997 Queen's New Year Honours List for services to entertainment.
Attended the wedding of Joan Collins and Percy Gibson.
Close friend of Dale Winton and Paul O'Grady.
Was the highest paid female UK TV personality with her 1960s show, and then again with Blind Date (1985) (1985 - 2003)
She was a fan of Coronation Street (1960) and appeared in their 40th anniversary special.
Her children are Robert Willis (born 1970), Benjamin (born 1974), Ellen (born 1975) who only lived for 2 hours, and finally Jack (born 1980).
Cilla became a proud grandmother after son Robert and his wife Fiona had a baby boy called Max in August 2004.
Revealed on Surprise Surprise! (1984) in 1996 that her favorite Doctor Who (1963) was Jon Pertwee.
Her real last name was White, but a reporter who reviewed one of her appearances incorrectly printed her last name as "Black". He gave her a favourable review, so she went ahead and kept "Black" for her stage name.
On Saturday 4 January 2003, she announced "on-air" that she was quitting as host of Blind Date (1985) after eighteen years, during a live transmission of the prime-time dating show. The programme's producers had not received prior notice of her decision.
She was awarded Top Female Personality Award in the Sun Awards in 1973.
Used to be a dictaphone typist.
Her debut disc 'Love of the Loved'.
1972 Voted 'Top Female Vocalist by readers of both Disc and New Musical Express and Top Female Personality by Sun readers for 3rd year running.

Personal Quotes (3)

I didn't think before that I'd done enough to justify publishing an autobiography but after 40 years in show business I'm now ready to tell my story.
I had to do the book because there was an unauthorized biography which didn't tell it like it was.
I did fancy Paul (Paul McCartney). I went through the whole Beatles. I started fancying John Lennon and then he wasn't interested, obviously. And then I went on to Paul and he wasn't interested. And I got on to George (George Harrison) and he wasn't interested. And who'd have thought that Ringo (Ringo Starr) today would look the cute one? He does. He used to look like Yasser Arafat.

Salary (1)

Blind Date (1985) £1,175,000 .00

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