The Ay­a­tol­lah will like this.. but not a lot

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY KAREN ROCKETT

HARD­LINE Ira­nian re­li­gious leader Ay­a­tol­lah Khome­ini un­wit­tingly played cu­pid to leg­endary ma­gi­cian Paul Daniels and Deb­bie Mcgee.

Dancer Deb­bie was work­ing in Iran but had to flee in the 1979 when Khome­ini came to power.

A plane ticket to es­cape Tehran and the Is­lamic rev­o­lu­tion cost Deb­bie all her sav­ings so she ur­gently needed work in the UK.

She au­di­tioned to be as­sis­tant to Paul, famed for his catch­phrase: “You’ll like this… but not a lot.”

She said: “We had an in­stant chem­istry. He made me laugh.”

The ex Strictly dancer, 60, and Paul mar­ried in 1988. He died two years ago of a brain tu­mour, aged 77. Deb­bie called him the love of her life.

DANCER Deb­bie Mcgee

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