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Cilla Black settles phone hacking claim

Edward Lloyd

CILLA BLACK SETTLES PHONE HACKING CLAIM

Cilla Black has been paid substantial damages by Mirror Group Newspapers for hacking into her private telephone voicemail messages.  The newspaper group accepted that her privacy had been grossly violated by the unlawful practice.

The legendary singer and television presenter started her career as a cloakroom girl at Liverpool's Cavern Club, where she was discovered as a singer by Beatles Manager Brian Epstein.

She rose to fame when her single ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ rose to number one in the 1964 pop charts, news she heard in a telephone box near her home, while not yet being able to afford a phone of her own.

Alongside her recording career, Cilla Black also hosted her own variety show ‘Cilla’ from 1968 - 1976 and then went on to present ‘Blind Date’, 1985 – 2001, where she became a household name across the generations.

At the start of her career, she married her soul mate Bobby Willis, who became her manager, until he died from lung cancer in 1999, a devastating loss to the singer.  She has admitted to deafness caused by over amplification of music in the Cavern Club, all those years ago.  

She spends some time at her home in Barbados, where her great friend Sir Cliff Richard also has a home.

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