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Cilla Black Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Priscilla Maria Veronica White
Place Of Birth
Liverpool, UK
80 years old
Birth Date
May 27 1943

Cilla Black Facts

Child Star?
Pop Singer, Actress
Education & Qualifications
St, Anthony's School & Anfield Commercial College
Net Worth
Current Partner
Bobby Willis
Robert Willis, Ben Willis, Jack Willis

About Cilla Black

On being born, Cilla Black was named Priscilla Maria Veronica White. 
She was born on May 27, 1943, in Vauxhall, Liverpool, England. She was recognized for being a British singer, female comedy star, television presenter, and actress. 
Cilla Black spent her childhood in the Scotland Road area of Vauxhall in Liverpool. She had set her mind on becoming an entertainer and thus, joined the Cavern Club, as a cloakroom attendant. In the same club, she got noticed by the Beatles and there was no looking back for her! 'Mersey Beat,' a local music newspaper had featured Priscilla in an article and misprinted her name as ‘Cilla Black’. Thereafter she was never known by another name.
Cilla Black's career started as a pop singer in 1963 when her singles ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ and ‘You’re My World’ became number-one singles and sold more than 800,000 copies in the UK alone. She also started her presenting career in 1984 when she started hosting shows like ‘Blind Date’ and ‘Surprise Surprise.’
In her personal life, Cilla Black married Bobby Willis in 1969 and had three sons with him. In 2015, Cilla Black suffered a brain hemorrhage and passed away. The news shocked her fans and wishes poured over from all over the world. 

Cilla Black Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Cilla Black’s net worth?

At the time of Cilla Black’s death, her net worth was more than $20 million. After her death, her estate was divided between her sons. Apart from her villa in Spain, where she died, she had a number of luxury properties around the world. Her apartment in Central London sold for $5 million.

How much did Cilla Black earn per year?

Not much is known about how much she used to earn per year.

Height, Age, & Physical Attributes

How tall was Cilla Black?

Cilla Black was 5 ft 6 in (164 cm) tall.

How old was Cilla Black?

Cilla Black was born in 1943. she was 72 years old when she died in 2015.

Childhood And Education

Priscilla White's parents were Roman Catholics. She attended St. Anthony’s School and later went to Anfield Commercial College to learn office skills. Even while young, she used to sing and perform at parties and talent shows. 
She always wanted to be an entertainer and thus, joined The Cavern Club as a cloakroom attendant.

Family, Romance, & Relationships

Who were Cilla Black's parents?

Cilla Black was the daughter of Priscilla Blythen and John Patrick White. Her mother used to sell vintage clothes from a stall in the market whereas her father was a Liverpool docker. 

Who was Cilla Black’s partner?

The pop singer married Bobby Willis in 1969. She met him in The Zodiac, a coffee club.  Cilla had three children with him. Sadly,  Bobby died in 1999 due to cancer. Bobby Willis also acted as her personal manager.

How many kids did Cilla Black have?

She had three sons with her late husband, Bobby Willis. The eldest one is Robert, then Ben, and the youngest, Jack.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

The English singer Cilla Black was a successful singer and one of the highest-paid TV presenters in Britain in the 1990s. 
Initially, she used to work as a cloakroom attendant in The Cavern Club where she got noticed by the band, Beatles for her singing. She became a popular club singer during the start of her career when she used to sing in places like The Cavern and The Iron Door. She mostly used to sing in the Pop and Merseybeat genres.  Brian Epstein first noticed her and signed her as his only female pop singer after seeing her perform in a club. 
She started her career in 1963 when her first two singles ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ and ‘You’re My World’ hit the UK's top charts within a week in 1964.  This success made way for Cilla Black to the hardcore US and gained her popularity.
In the span of her music career, she had released 15 studio albums and had 19 songs that hit the Top 40 on UK charts. Brian Epstein, her manager, had absolute faith in Cilla Black to be an icon and George Martin, the Beatles’ producer signed her on a record contract to Parlophone Records. 
Her entertainment career started when Cilla Black hosted her own BBC show titled, 'Cilla' in 1968-1976.  At the same time, she started presenting in 1984 when she hosted the shows 'Surprise Surprise,' ‘Blind Date,' and 'The Moment Of Truth.' 

Charity Work

After Cilla Black’s death, her family members set up an online donation fund by the name In Memory of Cilla Black OBE to help sick children. This fund was launched by her three sons and they urged people to donate money to two causes that were close to Cilla Black’s heart - Ormond Street Hospital in London and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

What awards did Cilla Black win?

Cilla Black was a prominent English club singer and pop singer. In 1997, she was appointed OBE, for her contribution to the entertainment industry. In 2014, she received the first Royal Television Society Legends Awards for completing 50 years in the industry. She also got the British Academy Television Awards Special Award.
In 2013, Cilla Black completed 50 years in the industry and ITV honored her with an entertainment special ‘The One And Only Cilla Black.'
After her death in 2015, her sons unveiled a statue of Cilla Black outside the Cavern Club, where she first started her career, to mark its 60th anniversary.

Cilla Black’s Hobbies And Interests

Cilla Black had been politically active and supported the Conservative Party. In 1992, she attended a rally in support of the Conservative Party. In 2014, she also was one of the public figures that wrote a letter in the hope that Scotland would remain a part of the United Kingdom.

Other Interesting Cilla Black Facts And Trivia

  • During her support to Margaret Thatcher, Cilla Black had said that she had put the Great into Great Britain again. 
  • After the death of her manager Brian Epstein, her husband took over, and then, her eldest son became her manager. 
  • Cilla Black’s name was Priscilla and she was named after her mother of the same name. 
  • In her will, Cilla Black left a sum of $25000 for her long-time caretaker, Penelope Walker.

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