Famous 1950s actress and TV star dies at the age of 91

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 21, 2018
06:41 A.M.
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A television personality and actress died recently. She was famous for her movies like Intent to Kill with her last television appearance being in 2004.


According to Faith Family America, Katie Boyle was reported dead on March 20, 2018. She is said to have died peacefully at her home.

Boyle, a popular 1950s actress, and television personality sadly passed away at the age of 91. BBC reported that the star would be remembered for her glamour and sophistication.

During her lifetime, she acted in several 1950s films, modeled, and appeared on panel shows. Her work includes Not Wanted on Voyage, and The French; They Are a Funny Race.


Her most recent television appearance was on The Weakest Link in 2004. Boyle was reportedly best-known for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK during the 1960s and 1970s.

Eurovision is an international television song competition in which several different countries participate every year. Fans, friends, and others in the entertainment industry have paid a tribute to Boyle via social media.

‘I am very sad to announce the death of Katie Boyle (Lady Saunders) who I was proud to represent in the latter days of her working career, and counted as a friend. The Italian born actress, TV personality, agony aunt, games show panellist and dog lover, died peacefully at home.’


June Ford-Crush, Twitter, March 20, 2018

Boyle was born as Caterina Irene Elena Maria Imperiali de Principi di Francavilla. She was born on May 29, 1926, in a Florentine palace that had once belonged to the Italian royal family.

Despite the luxurious surroundings, her childhood was devastated by her parents' divorce and her father's domineering rule. After nine months, she was rescued by her English mother who brought her back to London.


Her European style brought her modeling work and she was married to Richard Bentinck Boyle, 9th Earl of Shannon. The couple divorced in 1955 but she retained the family name.

In the same year, she married the racehorse owner Greville Baylis. She appeared as an on-screen continuity announcer for BBC Television.


After a brief appearance on the television show Quite Contrary, she presented the program for two years. Throughout the 1960s she was a regular on popular panel shows such as What's My Line and Juke Box Jury.

The star also became the face of Camay soap in television adverts. This was despite the fact that she was allergic to the product herself.


Boyle hosted Eurovision on four occasions when it was held in the UK, three times in London, and once in Brighton. Her poise and sophistication, coupled with her ability to speak several languages, made her a favorite with international audiences.

She hosted a Radio 2 program called Katie and Friends. The star also wrote an agony column for the TV Times for nearly two decades.


After the death of her second husband, she married the theatre impresario Sir Peter Saunders. Saunders had been responsible for the world's longest-running play, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap.

Later in life, she brought her great love for dogs to both television and radio. There she often gave other celebrities advice on looking after their pets.

Boyle also became a tireless supporter of many animal charities.

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