Christine Keeler, model at centre of Profumo Affair, dies aged 75

Christine Keeler, model at centre of Profumo Affair, dies aged 75

CHRISTINE Keeler, who hid out in Bournemouth when her role in the Profumo affair was scandalising the nation, has died at the age of 75.

"She suffered in the last few years with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease but lost the fight".

At the height of the Cold War, the-then teenager claimed she had an affair with Conservative cabinet minister John Profumo and a Russian diplomat at the same time.

Her son, Seymour Platt, 46, told the Guardian that she died on Monday at the Princess Royal university hospital in Farnborough: "My mother passed away last night at about 11.30pm".

Ms Keeler was quickly hitched twice, with both closure in separate.

"My mother, the grandmother to my handsome little girl, passed away late last night", wrote Seymour Platt on Facebook. "We are all very proud of who she was".

Keeler's liaisons with Mr Profumo and Commander Eugene Ivanov, a Russian intelligence officer and the Soviet assistant naval attache in London had serious security implications.

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Often presented her as a femme fatale behind the downfall of two powerful men, she spent much of her life trying to shake off that image.

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.

The Profumo undertaking will be the subject of a BBC One dramatization which starts shooting one year from now.

'I think what happened to her back in the day was quite damaging'.

After the scandal blew over, Keeler only rarely spoke of the events that toppled a government, living largely a reclusive life, although she went on to publish five books about her life.

Profumo denied the affair in the House of Commons, but weeks later was forced to admit it and step down as an MP.

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

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