Cilla Black was one of TV's best-loved presenters fronting Blind Date and Surprise Surprise in the 1980s and 90s.
Here are ten facts about the woman who gave us a "lorra, lorra laughs" during her long career.
- 1. Cilla was actually born Priscilla Maria Veronica White in Liverpool on 27 May 1943.
- 2. Her stage name was "Swinging Cilla".
- 3. Many of her first performances were at Liverpool's Cavern Club, which she blamed for her hearing loss.
- 4. She often sang with The Beatles and in 1963 was the first female artists to be signed by their manager Brian Epstein.
- 5. Her first number 1 was Anyone Who Had A Heart, which stayed at the top spot for 3 weeks in February 1963.
- 6.The song went on to sell over 1 million copies worldwide as did her second UK number 1, You're My World.
- 7. Cilla never managed to break the US but Elvis Presley had a copy of You're My World on his Graceland jukebox.
- 8. She was married to her manager Bobby Willis for more than 30 years until he died of lung cancer in October 1999.
- 9. The couple had three sons together; Robert, Ben and Jack. They also had a daughter, Ellen, in 1975 but sadly she only lived for 2 hours.
- 10. Last year Cilla was awarded a BAFTA 'Special Award' for her contribution to entertainment in a career which has lasted over 50 years.
Sir Tom Jones paid tribute to his friend Cilla Black saying her 'common touch' kept her in the hearts of the British public.
Throughout her career the much-loved entertainer from 'Scottie Road' never lost touch with her roots.
Fans and mourners line the streets to pay their respects to much loved entertainer.