Iris Pressagh (1943 - 2010)

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Iris Pressagh
1943 - 2010
January 1, 1943
Scotland, G21, United Kingdom
January 1, 2010
Alicante County, Pais Valenciano, Spain
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Iris Connolly
Iris Pressagh was born on January 1, 1943 in Scotland United Kingdom. She was married to William Connolly on June 27, 1969 and they later divorced on August 1, 1985. Iris and William had children Jamie Connolly and Cara Connolly. Iris Pressagh died at age 67 years old on January 1, 2010 in Alicante County, Pais Valenciano Spain, and was buried at Candacraig House in Aberdeenshire County, Scotland United Kingdom.
Updated: October 22, 2022
Biography ID: 192838156

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Isobel Iris Pressagh was born to William Pressagh (1915-2002) and Helen 'Nelly' Donaldson Williams, and she had a sister Agnes Williams Pressagh (1940-1980).

Iris married British comedian and actor William Connolly aka 'Big Yin', in 1969. Iris and Billy Connolly were both 26 years old when they got married. After 16 years, they broke up in 1985. During their marriage, they had two children: Jamie (now about 53) and Cara (now about 49, a film director).

Sadly, Iris struggled with alcoholism for much of her life, and passed away in 2010.

Billy's 2nd wife, Pamela (who is a a trained clinical psychologist) said that they knew she was battling alcoholism, but only found out after Iris' death that she was a hoarder. See HEARTBROKEN Big Yin’s tears flowed as he scattered his ex-wife’s ashes in River Don.

William scattered Iris' ashes at the Candacraig House in Strathdon Aberdeenshire Scotland where he lived with his wife Pamela at the time.
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Scotland G21, United Kingdom
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Alicante County, Pais Valenciano Spain
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Candacraig House in Aberdeenshire County, Scotland AB36 8XT, United Kingdom
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Iris Pressagh passed away at age 67 years old on January 1, 2010 in Alicante County, Pais Valenciano Spain, and was buried at Candacraig House in Aberdeenshire County, Scotland United Kingdom. Iris Pressagh was born on January 1, 1943 in Scotland United Kingdom. She was married to William Connolly on June 27, 1969 and they later divorced on August 1, 1985. Iris and William had children Jamie Connolly and Cara Connolly.

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HEARTBROKEN Big Yin’s tears flowed as he scattered his ex-wife’s ashes in River Don

By STEPHEN HOUSTON 0:00, 26 Aug 2012Updated: 13:45, 10 Nov 2020 GRIEVING Billy Connolly broke down in tears as he scattered the ashes of his tragic ex-wife in a river near his Scottish mansion, it has been revealed. Reclusive alcoholic Iris Connolly died two years ago aged 67 and the Big Yin agreed to spread her remains near Candacraig House — where he lived with second missus Pamela Stephenson. Interior designer Iris Pressagh, from Clydebank, was introduced to shipyard welder Billy — then a struggling folk musician playing Glasgow pubs — by his banjo teacher Ron Duff. In their early days together she fled to France to pick grapes after having a furious row and after four months Billy sent her a letter saying: “Come home now or don’t bother coming home at all.” Iris hitchhiked back to Glasgow and the couple tied the knot at a city registry office in 1969. She backed him financially while he tried to crack the comedy circuit — until he became a household name overnight thanks to an outrageous turn as a guest on the BBC’s Parkinson chat show in 1975. His primetime TV appearance won him a huge new following and he went on to release hit albums of his live shows and score hit novelty singles ‘D.I.V.O.R.C.E’ and ‘In the Brownies’. The pair moved from Glasgow to a plush house in Drymen, Stirlingshire — but both hit the bottle as Billy’s celebrity grew and he quit Scotland for London in 1981, divorcing Iris four years later. Shortly after his move down south he met Pamela, then a star of cult BBC TV comedy Not The Nine O’Clock News, and they were married on the South Pacific paradise isle of Fiji in 1989. Billy’s new love helped him beat the booze and he gave up meat. The couple moved to Los Angeles where the Scots comic launched his US career with a TV special — then went on to land hit telly and film roles. Speaking about the impact Pamela — now a trained clinical psychologist — had on his life, Billy later said: “Iris was a very nice woman but this was, from the outset, a different relationship. With Pam I discovered that you could not get away with anything, could not get away from her intelligence.” Iris, who latterly lived in Bonhill, Dunbartonshire, left the UK to live as a virtual recluse in a single-storey home near Benidorm on Spain’s Costa Blanca in 1991. Billy, 69 — a millionaire with houses in the US and Scotland who counts royalty and Hollywood stars among his pals — won custody of their children following a court fight in Edinburgh. He went on to have three daughters with Stephenson — Daisy, 28, Amy, 26, and Scarlett, 23. Years after dumping Iris he admitted: “It was a nightmare. I couldn’t believe it. “Oh Jesus, I’ll never forget it as long as I live. You know, divorce is an unbelievably painful affair. You used to love this person and you’ve now come to the conclusion you don’t. “You have to admit it. You have to come out and say “this is awful but I love someone else.” “It is a desperate thing and you feel like a cheat.” New Zealand-born Pamela reveals in the new edition of her book that Iris was also battling a mental affliction — and says she wishes Billy’s former love had been given help for her problem. She writes: “Personally I had not understood that Iris had suffered from a serious hoarding disorder (we all learned this after her death) and felt very sorry she had struggled so much without receiving the kind of psychological treatment that might have helped her.” During her only interview — given to a reporter from behind a padlocked gate at her Spanish hideaway in the Nineties — heartbroken Iris said: “People have written so much rubbish about myself and Billy. “I’ve been told that somebody wrote I was getting as much as £40,000 a year. The truth is that when I came here the money situation was very difficult. “People think I got a fortune, but that’s not true. “The real reason I’m here is because I wanted to get away from it
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Married: June 27, 1969 - August 1, 1985
Cause of Separation: Divorce
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In 1943, in the year that Iris Pressagh was born, on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.

In 1959, at the age of 16 years old, Iris was alive when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1967, by the time she was 24 years old, on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

In 1977, she was 34 years old when on May 25th, Star Wars premiered in theaters. Eventually, it became the highest-grossing film of all time - until E.T. surpassed it a few years later. It was an immediate hit with theatergoers.

In 1993, Iris was 50 years old when on January 20th, William J. Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States. He beat incumbent George H.W. Bush who was seeking his second term. Clinton won 43.01% of the popular vote to Bush's 37.45%. An independent candidate, Ross Perot, won 18.91% - the most votes for an independent candidate since Teddy Roosevelt's run for President in 1912.

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