She was a four-time presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest — hosting the contest in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1974, all of which took place in the United Kingdom.
Unfortunately, today came the sad news that Eurovision legend Katie Boyle has passed away at her home, at the age of 91. The news was published on Twitter by her agent, June Ford-Crush, and in a press release.
“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 panelist and dog lover, died peacefully at home.”
Katie Boyle: 1926-2018
Born in Italy, to Italian and English parents, Katie began career as a model for Vogue. She later moved in to TV, working as an actress and TV personality.
She fronted shows such as the Ivor Novello Awards, also hosting her long-running radio programme Katie and Friends on BBC Radio 2. She was also a regular guest on panel game shows, including What’s My Line? and Juke Box Jury.
Katie was also known as an agony aunt for TV Times Magazine, and for writing a weekly column on fashion and beauty in Sunday Graphic.
Eurovision fans will know her best though for hosting four spectacular Eurovision shows. Perhaps her most memorable moment is likely the 1974 contest. Katie presented the show in a stunning pink outfit — famously, with nothing underneath, thanks to the lighting causing issues. Thankfully her wardrobe did not malfunction further, and she went on to help crown ABBA the winners.
Katie would also be a guest at the 1998 contest, where Guildo Horn “danced” over to her mid-performance.
Katie would become Lady Saunders through her marriage to theatre impresario Sir Peter Saunders. Throughout her life, she was also a staunch supporter of the Battersea Dogs Home.
All the wiwibloggs team offer their deepest condolences to her family and friends.