Christine Keeler, former model at heart of Profumo affair, dies at 75

Christine Keeler model at centre of Profumo Affair dies aged 75

Christine Keeler, former model at heart of Profumo affair, dies at 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 Tuesday.

Committing adultery with then Minister of War John Profumo shocked socially conservative Britain in the early 1960s and created a furor which contributed to the resignation of then Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

Her son, Seymour Platt, told The Guardian newspaper that Keeler died late on Tuesday evening and the scandal had profoundly affected her.

Profumo initially denied the affair in the House of Commons saying there was no "impropriety" in their relationship.

Keeler and Profumo's brief affair, which lasted a few weeks, was so controversial because she become involved with a Russian commander at the same time.

News of her death came 54 years to the day since she was jailed for nine months for perjury over the scandal in 1963.

Stephen Ward, an osteopath, introduced society girl Keeler to Profumo in 1961, sparking an affair between the pair.

The now famous photo of Keeler was taken by Lewis Morley at the request of Peter Cook as publicity for a future film.

He later admitted lying to the house and resigned.

His fall from grace was deemed a contributory factor in the fall of the Macmillan government, with Labour winning under Harold Wilson in 1964.

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