Model in Britain's sex-and-spy Profumo scandal dies at 75

06 Décembre, 2017, 00:39 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Christine Keeler model at centre of Profumo Affair dies aged 75

Christine Keeler, the former model at the centre of the Profumo affair, which shook British politics in the 1960s, has died at the age of 75, her family and a close friend have said.

Her son Seymour Pratt, who now lives in Ireland, told the Guardian: 'There was a lot of good around Chris's rather tragic life, because there was a family around her that loved her.' he said.

Christine Keeler was just a teenager when she had affairs with Conservative minister John Profumo and a Russian diplomat during the height of Cold War tensions in 1963.

In his Facebook tribute, Mr Platt stated: "My mom, the grandma to my delightful young lady, passed away before the end of last night".

"The same number of you know my mom, Christine Keeler, battled many battles in her momentous life, a few battles she lost however some she won".

"We are all very proud of who she was".

A healing facility representative affirmed Ms Keeler had passed on at the Princess Royal. It was considered to be a factor behind the fall of the government led by Harold Macmillan, which was replaced by a Labour government in 1964 led by Harold Wilson.

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In 1961 she had affairs with the Secretary of State for War Profumo and the Soviet military attache Yevgeny Ivanov.

In 1963 Mr Profumo told the House of Commons he and Ms Keeler were "on agreeable terms" and there was "no shamefulness" in their relationship, after restriction MPs voiced worries about national security suggestions.

Eventually he admitted lying to the house and resigned as Secretary of State for War and from the Commons.

Keeler, who had been living under the name of Sloane for many years, was briefly married twice; both marriages ended in divorce.

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.

The Profumo affair, which mesmerized Englanders during a subsequent trial, became the basis for the 1989 film "Scandal", in which Keeler was portrayed by Joanne Whalley.

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