Profumo affair femme Christine Keeler dead at 75

Keeler gained her notoriety at the height of the Cold War after she became sexually involved with a married government minister, John Profumo, as well as a Soviet diplomat.
Keeler gained her notoriety at the height of the Cold War after she became sexually involved with a married government minister, John Profumo, as well as a Soviet diplomat.

THE model caught-up in the notorious Profumo affair in the sixties, has died aged 75.

Christine Keeler had been ill for a few months with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

“She was always a fighter, but sadly lost the final fight against a terrible lung disease,” her son told the BBC.

Keeler gained her notoriety at the height of the Cold War after she became sexually involved with a married government minister, John Profumo, as well as a Soviet diplomat.

It was a shooting incident between two of her other lovers which caused the press to investigate her, revealing that her affairs could be threatening national security.

In the House of Commons, Profumo denied any improper conduct but later admitted that he had lied. This incident discredited the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan in 1963 in what became known as the Profumo affair.

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