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'Profumo affair' mannequin Christine Keeler dies aged 75

'Profumo affair' mannequin Christine Keeler dies aged 75Picture copyright
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Christine Keeler labored as a mannequin within the 1960s

Christine Keeler, the mannequin embroiled within the 1963 Profumo affair, has died aged 75, her son has stated.

Seymour Platt stated Ms Keeler had been in poor health for a number of months with persistent obstructive pulmonary illness.

He informed the BBC: “She was at all times a fighter, however sadly misplaced the ultimate struggle in opposition to a horrible lung illness.”

She grew to become well-known for her half within the scandal, which shook Harold Macmillan’s authorities, however her son stated that fame got here “at an enormous private value”.

On the top of the Chilly Warfare, the-then teenager claimed she had an affair with Conservative cupboard minister John Profumo.

She additionally claimed to be in a relationship with a Russian diplomat – Eugene Ivanov, an assistant naval attaché on the Soviet Embassy – on the similar time.

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Mr Profumo was pressured to resign after mendacity concerning the affair to Parliament and the scandal is taken into account to have contributed to the autumn of the Macmillan authorities.

Ms Keeler’s household stated she died on Monday at 23:30 GMT on the Princess Royal College Hospital in Orpington, south-east London.

Paying tribute to his mom, Mr Platt informed the BBC: “She earned her place in British historical past however at an enormous private value.”

“And regardless, we’re all very pleased with who she was to the tip,” he added.

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Douglas Thompson, the journalist and creator who labored with Ms Keeler on her memoir The Fact At Final, paid tribute to a “humorous and vibrant” girl, whom he described as “one of the trustworthy folks I’ve ever met”.

“She believed completely every little thing she ever stated concerning the Profumo affair,” he stated.

“She stated what she thought,” he continued. “I believe that honesty could be very stunning.”

He described Ms Keeler as a “sufferer of the time”, including that she would in all probability have had her personal TV present had the scandal occurred right now.

“The fascinating factor about her is she tried to flee it,” he stated. “I do not suppose she ever bought away from it – that was a tragedy.”

“She may by no means cease being Christine Keeler,” he added.

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In 1963, Mr Profumo informed the Home of Commons he and Ms Keeler had been “on pleasant phrases” and there was “no impropriety” of their relationship, after opposition MPs voiced issues about nationwide safety implications.

Ultimately he admitted mendacity to the home and resigned as Secretary of State for Warfare and from the Commons.

Ms Keeler was briefly married twice, with each ending in divorce. She had two sons.

The Profumo affair would be the topic of a BBC One drama which begins filming subsequent 12 months.

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