Christine Keeler, Ex-Showgirl At Centre Of Profumo Scandal, Dies Aged 75

Christine Keeler, Ex-Showgirl At Centre Of Profumo Scandal, Dies Aged 75

Christine Keeler, the model at the heart of the Profumo affair that scandalised 1960s Britain and nearly brought down the government, has died aged 75, her son announced yesterday.

In 1963, she rocked the establishment when she had an affair with the Tory cabinet minister, John Profumo while also having a relationship with the Russian diplomat Yevgeny Ivanov at the height of the Cold War.

Her son, Seymour Platt, posted on Facebook that Keeler died Monday at a hospital near Farnborough in southern England. She was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition affecting the lungs.

"My mother, the grandmother to my lovely..."

"There was a great deal of good around Chris' fairly deplorable life, in light of the fact that there was a family around her that adored her", he told the Guardian.

"The same number of you know my mom, Christine Keeler, battled many battles in her momentous life, a few battles she lost however some she won".

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Her son announced the former model's death at the age of 75, saying she had led an "eventful life" which earned her a place in history "but at a huge personal price".

A major new BBC series revisiting the scandal is due to start filming next year.

It was at the club that Keeler and fellow dancer Mandy Rice-Davies met an osteopath called Stephen Ward, who introduced them to many influential and wealthy Londoners, including John Profumo, who in 1961 was the secretary of state for war in the Brutish government. "We are largely extremely glad for her identity".

"I think what happened to her back in the day was quite damaging". Profumo told the House of Commons there was no "impropriety" in their relationship after being asked about it by opposition MPs who voiced concerns about national security implications.

Born in Uxbridge, Middlesex, Keeler was married twice and lived under the name "Sloane" for several years following the scandal.

It was considered to be a factor behind the fall of the government led by Harold Macmillan, which was replaced by a Labour government in 1964 led by Harold Wilson.

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