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Katie Boyle, Lady Saunders, 91, Italian-born UK TV personality, game-show panelist, Eurovision host
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2018-03-20 22:26:24 UTC
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TV personality and UK Eurovision host Katie Boyle dies aged 91
Caroline Westbrook
Tuesday 20 Mar 2018 5:17 pm

TV personality and actress Katie Boyle – also known for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest four times when it was held in the UK – has died aged 91. Her agent confirmed that Boyle – also known as Lady Saunders following her marriage to theatre impresario Sir Peter Saunders – passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday. Born Caterina Irene Elena Maria Imperiali de Francavilla in Tuscany in 1926, to Italian and English parents, Katie moved to Britain in 1946 and originally began her career as a model – posing for the likes of Vogue – before acting in several movies in the 1950s.

She began her TV career as a continuity announcer for the BBC in the 1950s before she became a well-known personality on the small screen, appearing on the likes of What’s My Line? and Juke Box Jury.

However it’s as a four-time presenter of Eurovision that she is most fondly remembered – hosting the contest in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1974, all of which took place in the UK. The 1974 contest at the Brighton Dome, was notable for being won by Abba – but also notable for the fact that Boyle famously wore no underwear during her hosting stint, as it had been cut off from under her pink satin frock moments before going on air.

Katie returned to the contest as a special guest in 1998, when it was held in Birmingham following Katrina And The Waves’ win for the UK the previous year – as well as being guest of honour at Eurovision conventions in 1988 and 1992. As well as her other TV and theatre work, she also fronted the Radio 2 show Katie and Friends, as well as being the agony aunt of TV Times magazine for almost two decades.

She also famously appeared on a Eurovision-themed special of The Weakest Link in 2004 – becoming the only person ever to vote herself off the show.

Katie was married three times; firstly to Richard Bentinck Boyle, 9th Earl Of Shannon, keeping his surname after they split in 1955; secondly to racehorse owner Greville Baylis, who died in Katie returned to the contest as a special guest in 1998, when it was held in Birmingham following Katrina And The Waves’ win for the UK the previous year – as well as being guest of honour at Eurovision conventions in 1988 and 1992.

Katie was married three times; firstly to Richard Bentinck Boyle, 9th Earl Of Shannon, keeping his surname after they split in 1955; secondly to racehorse owner Greville Baylis, who died in 1976, and lastly to Saunders, who died in 2003.

She was also a committee member of Battersea Dogs Home for 25 years, with her own pets frequently joining her in TV appearances.
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2018-03-25 01:19:18 UTC
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Her name was also used as a punchline a few times on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (1969-74).
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