TV legend Cilla Black was one of the greatest presenters to grace our screens and, for most homes, a Saturday night wasn’t complete without her.
Known for her fiery red hair and thick Liverpudlian accent, Cilla won the nation’s hearts playing cupid on the show Blind Date, as well as reuniting long-lost relatives on Surprise Surprise. it’s no secret the nation loved Cilla.
Cilla’s red hair helped make her one of the most recognizable faces in Britain. Not to mention those infamous lines such as ‘What’s your name and where d’ya come from’, ‘Lorra lorra laughs’ and ‘Surprise Surprise, it’s Cilla’ earning her the title as catchphrase queen.
As tributes pour in from Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Bruce Forsyth and Paul O’Grady to name a few, we’re paying a tribute of our own to the national treasure dubbed the ‘Scouse Cinderella’.
Starting her showbiz career in the swinging sixties, Cilla’s wardrobe was awash with shift dresses, paisley prints and Peter Pan collars. When she wasn’t hanging around with The Beatles, Cilla would be spotted at the infamous Biba Boutique.
If those legendary one-liners and outlandish laugh weren’t enough to make you fall in love with her, the outfit choices, bold and bright just like her personality, always managed to make a statement.
Since stepping onto the screen for Blind Date, we could always count on Cilla to rock a power suit like nobody else.
One of our favorite Cilla moments has to be her storming the catwalk for Fashion For Relief. At the age of 65, Cilla owned it in a top hat and tights.
Bold and bright, Cilla certainly had her own style rules.
Cilla was a hit on every best-dressed list at ITV’s 50th Anniversary.
Even the LBD must be accessorized with a splash of well needed colour.
Cilla, you will be truly missed.
By Sophie Henderson