US News Profumo Affair's Christine Keeler dies

23:20  05 december  2017
23:20  05 december  2017 Source:   Sky News

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Christine Keeler © Getty Christine Keeler Christine Keeler, the former showgirl who became the centre of a scandal that helped bring down a Conservative government, has died.

The ex-model, whose involvement in the Profumo Affair rocked 1960s Britain, died at the age of 75, her family has said.

Her story was immortalised, first in the pages of the tabloid newspapers at a time when they were read by tens of millions, and later on screen in the 1989 film Scandal.

The affair she had with then-secretary of state for war John Profumo in the early 1960s scandalised Britain as it emerged she had also had relations with a Russian defence attache at the same time.

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MANDY Rice-Davies, one of the women at the centre of the Profumo affair , has died of cancer aged 70. Mandy Rice-Davies has died of cancer. The model and her friend Christine Keeler were at the heart of the scandal which rocked the Harold Macmillan government in the 1960 s .

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The fact that the revelations emerged at the height of the Cold War and led the Cabinet minister to lie to Parliament damaged the Government of Harold MacMillan, and led to Harold Wilson's Labour being elected soon after.

Ms Keeler had met Mr Profumo after being introduced by a society osteopath Stephen Ward, who she had met at a Soho cabaret club.

They met at a pool party at Cliveden, a Buckingham stately home then owned by Lord Astor and now a luxury hotel.

Among Stephen Ward's other friends was military intelligence officer Yevgeny Ivanov who was based at the Soviet Embassy, with whom Ms Keeler also had a short sexual relationship.

After the relationships ended, she had flings with two other men who became violent towards each other, resulting in shots being fired into Mr Ward's house, where she was living at the time.

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Speaking of music, the affair has found its way into songs by everyone from Phil Ochs, who wrote a song called “ Christine Keeler ” in 1963, to Dusty Springfield. “His has been a very good life.” Profumo died in 2006.

His affair with Christine Keeler , the reputed mistress of an alleged Soviet spy, followed by lying in the House of Commons when he was questioned about it, forced the resignation of Profumo and damaged the reputation of Prime Minister Harold John Profumo , British Minister Ruined by Sex Scandal, Dies .

The arrest and subsequent conviction of the shooter, Johnny Edgecombe, brought Ms Keeler to public attention and started a chain reaction of press enquiries.

As journalists continued to ask questions and rumours circulated, the Conservative chief whips made married Mr Profumo make a statement in the House of Commons that there was "no impropriety" in his "acquaintanceship with Miss Keeler".

It was only after the police began to investigate Stephen Ward and interviewed dozens of people who he had introduced that they found out about Ms Keeler's sexual relationship with the war secretary, forcing Mr Profumo to confess first to his wife and later to his Cabinet colleagues, resulting in his resignation.

It was a News of the World interview that largely brought to the public's attention her involvement in high society parties organised by Mr Ward, and her connections to a Soviet embassy diplomat.

A number of other newspapers used the revelations to launch investigations into what some viewed as widespread immorality among the British establishment, a phenomenon that was symbolic of the shift in society that was taking place at the start of the swinging 60s.

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