Model at heart of Britain's Cold War sex scandal dies

Christine Keeler a principal witnesses in the vice charges case against osteopath Dr. Stephen Ward

Christine Keeler a principal witnesses in the vice charges case against osteopath Dr. Stephen Ward

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.

In a Facebook post, son Seymour Platt said Keeler died Monday at a hospital near Farnborough in southern England after suffering for many years from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In his Facebook tribute, Mr Platt said: "My mother, the grandmother to my attractive little girl, passed away late last night".

"She earned her place in British history however at an enormous individual cost". "As many of you know my mother, Christine Keeler, fought many fights in her eventful life, some fights she lost but some she won".

Mr Thompson, who updated the book, published as Secrets And Lies in 2012, following the death of John Profumo, described Ms Keeler as a "victim of the time", adding that she would probably have had her own TV show had the scandal happened today.

Ms Keeler was briefly married twice, with both ending in divorce.

"There was a lot of good around Chris's rather tragic life, because there was a family around her that loved her." he said.

1963 where her bail was forfeited for her failure to appear earlier as a court witness in a shooting case against her ex-lover

Dr Stephen Ward, a high-flying London osteopath and fixer who "procured women" for leading members of the Establishment, introduced the young dancer to Profumo while at a party thrown by Lord and Lady Astor.

She is survived by her son James from her first marriage, Seymour from her second and a granddaughter.

For the rest of his life, Profumo stayed silent about the matter - even when 1989 film Scandal starring Ian McKellen was released, renewing public interest in the affair.

The scandal rocked Harold Macmillan's government and was thought to have hastened the end of the Conservative government.

It emerged the then 19-year-old Keeler had been sleeping with former Secretary of State for War John Profumo, then 48, and at the same time a handsome Russian spy Evgeny Ivanov.

His fall from grace was deemed a contributory factor in the fall of the Macmillan government, with Labour winning under Harold Wilson in 1964. Profumo told the House of Commons there was no "impropriety" in their relationship after being asked about it by opposition MPs who voiced concerns about national security implications.

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