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Cilla Black

(1943-2015), Television presenter and singer

Cilla Black (Priscilla White)

Sitter in 13 portraits
One of Britain's most popular singers and entertainers was born Priscilla Maria Veronica White in Liverpool. The first female artist to be signed by Brian Epstein. He also helped launch her television career after steering her to have nine top ten records from 1964 to 1966, including two Number One hits with Anyone Who Had a Heart and You're My World. In 1967 Black filmed her first and only lead role, in Peter Hall's satirical comedy Work Is A Four-letter Word.

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Cilla Black; Brian Epstein, by Unknown photographer - NPG x194050

Cilla Black; Brian Epstein

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1960s
NPG x194050

Cilla Black, by Ron Falloon - NPG x133094

Cilla Black

by Ron Falloon
print, 6 November 1964
NPG x133094

Cilla Black; Bobby Willis, by Sandra Lousada - NPG x135463

Cilla Black; Bobby Willis

by Sandra Lousada
archival pigment print, 1964
NPG x135463

Cilla Black, by Sandra Lousada - NPG x135641

Cilla Black

by Sandra Lousada
modern enlarged contact sheet, 1964
NPG x135641

Cilla Black, by Lewis Morley - NPG x125159

Cilla Black

by Lewis Morley
resin print, 1964
NPG x125159

Cilla Black, by Lewis Morley - NPG x125160

Cilla Black

by Lewis Morley
resin print, 1964
NPG x125160

Cilla Black, by Robert Whitaker - NPG x134879

Cilla Black

by Robert Whitaker
C-type colour print, 1965
NPG x134879

Cilla Black, by Baron Studios - NPG x125393

Cilla Black

by Baron Studios
half-plate film negative, 13 April 1965
NPG x125393

Cilla Black, by Baron Studios - NPG x125394

Cilla Black

by Baron Studios
half-plate film negative, 13 April 1965
NPG x125394

Cilla Black, by Jane Bown - NPG x133105

Cilla Black

by Jane Bown
gelatin silver print, 1967
NPG x133105

Sheet music cover for 'It's For You' by Cilla Black (Priscilla White), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48360

Sheet music cover for 'It's For You' by Cilla Black (Priscilla White)

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1964
NPG D48360

How Britain Went Bonkers, by Coldwar Steve (Christopher Spencer), published by  Time Magazine UK Ltd - NPG D48909

How Britain Went Bonkers

by Coldwar Steve (Christopher Spencer), published by Time Magazine UK Ltd
colour offset lithograph magazine cover, published 17 June 2019
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D48909

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