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Christine Keeler, showgirl scarred by Profumo scandal, dies aged 75

Christine Keeler in 1963 Credit Popper Christine Keeler in 1963 Credit Popper
Kenny Thornton | 06 December, 2017, 05:20

Former model Christine Keeler, whose brief affair helped bring down the government, has died aged 75.

Keeler was alleged to be sleeping with British Secretary of State for War John Profumo while conducting an affair with a Russian defence attache during the height of the Cold War, rocking Harold Macmillan's Conservative administration in 1963.

That spring, Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies - the showgirl who was also embroiled in the Profumo scandal - rented a flat in Talbot Woods in an effort to lie low.

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

One of her sons, Seymour Platt, confirmed his mother's passing on Facebook, he said: "As many of you know my mother, Christine Keeler, fought many fights in her eventful life, some fights she lost but some she won". She was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition affecting the lungs.

Platt, who lives in Ireland, said he, his wife and their daughter had last seen his mother a week before her death.

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"I think what happened to her back in the day was quite damaging". Photograph: Jimmy Sime/Central Press/Getty Profumo affair: Christine Keeler under scrutiny at the Cannes film festival in 1963.

Born in Uxbridge, Middlesex, and raised by her mother and stepfather, Keeler was working as a cabaret dancer in London's Soho when she met Stephen Ward, an osteopath, artist and "man about town".

Then a young model, she played a central role in a tale of sex and spying which led to War Secretary John Profumo having to quit his position.

The scandal likely contributed to Macmillan's election defeat to Labour's Harold Wilson in 1964.

Mr Profumo assured parliament in March that year that he had not had an affair, but was forced to resign weeks later after it emerged that he had lied.

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