Entertainment & Arts

Cilla Black: In pictures

Cilla Black, whose career as a singer and entertainer spanned more than 50 years, has died at the age of 72.

Here is her life in pictures:

Image caption Cilla Black, born Priscilla White in Liverpool on 27 May 1943, was a singer, actress and entertainer
Image caption After changing her name, she launched a singing career in 1963
Image caption Pictured here on Top of the Pops, her career began while working as a hat check girl at Liverpool's Cavern Club
Image caption She made her TV debut in 1968 with her own BBC One primetime series, Cilla

Image caption In 1969 she married her agent Bobby Willis. The pair remained married until his death in 1999
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Image caption A year later the couple's first son, Robert, was born. The couple had two more sons and Robert later became Black's manager
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Image caption Black had two number one singles and 19 top 40 singles during her career
Image caption The entertainer hosted the Cilla variety show between 1968 and 1976
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Image caption In the 1980s and 1990s she hosted hit shows Blind Date and Surprise Surprise
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Image caption From 1985 to 2003, Black played Cupid on 380 editions of Saturday night favourite Blind Date
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Image caption In 1999 she was awarded an OBE for her achievements in the entertainment industry
Image caption In later life she made guest appearances on television programmes such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks
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Image caption In 2014 Black was awarded the special award at the Bafta Television Awards
Image caption She made one of her last television appearances on the BBC chat show Backchat in January

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