Quotes by Cilla Black

I never liked miming.
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I love cookery programmes.
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I always wanted to be a star.
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I'm very quiet off stage.
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I always believed I would be a star.
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But reality television is here to stay.
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I intend to grow old very disgracefully.
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Having a biopic made is very flattering.
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I just thank God when I wake up every day.
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I humbly apologise for reality Television.
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I never did acid, I am just so high anyway.
- Cilla Black
I tried never to take anything for granted.
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I don't want to be a burden on anybody.
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The difference with me is that I did inhale.
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I give 150%. I'm a professional, a pro.
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In the Sixties, you needed talent to make it.
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I like being in charge of the remote control.
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I did smoke a joint once but I did not enjoy it.
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Its rock n' roll that has done my hearing in.
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I don't want to see a 70-year-old on television.
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Anything which interferes with my social life is a no-no.
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When I was put up in posh hotels, I thought it was wonderful.
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If I'm in a rotten mood, I stay in and watch television.
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When I go out, it's to have a good time, not to find a man.
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It's hard to watch your life unfold, and sad. Life changes.
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I helped make the Sixties swing, and I'm very proud of that.
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There's nothing going into my mouth that's not wrapped.
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I rarely stay in hotels because I have friends all over the world.
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Really, I'm trying to retire. It's just nobody will let me!
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The nicest thing about coming of age is that I can do whatever I like.
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It's a business, and I'm a product. Terrible, isn't it?
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I'm quite subdued, believe it or not. I switch it on for the camera.
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My idea of baking is buying a ready-make cake mix and throwing in an egg.
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Turning 70 was a real shock. I thought, 'I'm on the last lap now.'
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I wouldn't mind being a talent show judge if it didn't run for too long.
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I don't see why I should be a dame for just doing what I always wanted to do.
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I can't say I'm surprised I was successful. I was determined - and I got it.
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Who wouldn't fancy Brian Epstein? He was tall and handsome and had money and class.
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It was an unknown thing, a lot of people had very bad trips and I like to be in control.
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I don't want to see older people on T.V. I want to see young, pretty people on T.V.
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Nothing is a career move. Everything I've done this year has so not been a career move.
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I'm apolitical. Where all that Conservative business came along from, I don't know.
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I can do the PR thing until the cows come home. That's my nature. I never want to upset anybody.
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I had to do the book because there was an unauthorised biography which didn't tell it like it was.
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There's a whole generation out there who don't know that I was a pop singer in the early days.
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On my gravestone, I want 'Here lies the singer,' not 'Here lies the T.V. presenter'.
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I never thought I'd be on T.V. For me as a kid in Liverpool, it was a more realistic option to be a singer.
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I knew I could do anything I wanted to do and go anywhere I wanted to go and not have to worry if I could afford it.
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I am falling apart. My hand is falling apart. I can't shake hands. I had arthritis, and I had an operation for it.
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I was reading about an age pill that has been developed which they claim will make you live longer. That is not for me.
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'Blind Date' was my lifeline. It was 90 minutes when I could forget about everything, forget about the world.
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It is when I am on stage that I feel most comfortable. It is my home. It is the only thing I have known since I was a kid.
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I don't want to live beyond the age of 75. That would be a good point to bow out. I don't want to go on for ever.
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I don't like the selfie because it's too close. There ain't no people with arms long enough to do a selfie of me.
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It's no fun getting older. I might be wearing beautiful diamond earrings, but they can't take away the pain of losing my hearing.
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You couldn't give me any more confidence than when I was on T.V. because I was in control, but I wasn't in control in my private life.
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If I can't eat the meal in a restaurant, and the waiter asks, 'Is everything all right, Madam?', I tell them that I'm on a diet.
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I would have loved to have cracked America. When I tried, I got homesick. Then, when I was in New York, my nanna died, and I just wanted to come home.
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It's true what they say: 'You don't appreciate what you've got until it's gone.' I miss love. I miss being looked after.
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I cannot do business. I cannot sit and say, 'How are you, the weather's great, how's your golf?' I'm like a bull in a china shop.
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I love books and the latest autobiographies. I'm a Gemini and love being with people, but then again, I love my own company, which is when I read most.
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I've got a bike in the lounge that I watch Coronation Street on. I never had to watch my weight until I had the children, but with the bike, I'm fine.
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Well it has been very exciting and very changing as well. Celebrating the 40th year and having the album out and the Channel 4 documentary and I resigned from Blind Date.
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I was so ordinary, critics couldn't understand it, but looking back, that was the reason for my success. What you see is what you get. People thought, 'I could do that.'
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You see on 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'X Factor,' they all wear ear plugs. But I could not hear myself when I wore them. So that is where the strong voice came from.
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The best advice he gave me was to carry on. It would have been difficult to set foot back inside a TV studio if I hadn't carried on - I don't know if I would have ever gone back in.
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'Blind Date' was based on an Australian show called 'Perfect Match', which I first saw when I was on tour there. And I couldn't understand why it wasn't on British T.V.
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When people ask me do I believe in feminism - well, I didn't even know I was a feminist. I was the top of the bill; I've always been the top of the bill. So I don't know what equality is.
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I'm a 'never say never' girl. Frank Sinatra retired four times. He kept coming back. But there are people in our business who want to die on stage. Literally. I don't want to do that.
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I've had a blessed life. I've pulled back from trying to control my destiny and gone back to accepting whatever fate has in store for me. I live for today because I don't know what'll happen tomorrow.
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I loved everything about show business, meeting the stars, the whole ambience. I was living every young kid's dream. I was told a pop singer's life was three years, but I was still making money seven years later.
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The first time I went to Abbey Road and put those headphones on, I discovered I had two voices. I no longer had to shout in the studio, but I can't knock the Cavern or the other clubs because they gave me my strong voice.
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I've got lots of great friends in show business, and that's all they are. Great friends. I'll never marry again - what's the point? I had the best. I've got friends all over the world, and that's enough for me.
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T.V. found me. I was offered jobs. It came in handy when I started having babies. Just one night's work, and then I could go home. I loved 'Surprise Surprise', but it was hard work. 'Blind Date' was a doddle by comparison.
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I've had days when I go in my bedroom for 24 hours at a time. I call them my Cilla Black days, and they're literally black days. It's like the old Boomtown Rats song 'I Don't Like Mondays.' You just want to shut the whole day down.
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After Fergie and Prince Andrew honeymooned at Le Touessrok in Mauritius, Bobby, my late husband, and I were first to stay in their suite. We enjoyed the benefits - all the spoils and the special luxuries. We practically had our own private beach, and it was most romantic.
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I remember one day my son, our Robert, was looking at me on the settee and looking at me on the television, and then all of a sudden he said: 'Why don't you bring that pretty mummy home with you?' And I thought: 'Oh dear, I'm going to have to dress up at home now as well!'
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I'm a Roman Catholic. Or was. I was brought up that way and used to say my prayers every night, but I don't pray to God any more. I might use the usual phrases I picked up from my parents, 'Oh, if God spares me next year...' or 'Please God...' but they're only phrases.
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Back when I was helping put the swing into the swinging '60s, I used to hang out with Cathy McGowan. We'd be doing 'Ready Steady Go!' on T.V., and Biba used to make our dresses. We'd be in the flat in Cromwell Road on Friday night, just before the live show, and they'd still be sewing.
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