Who Is Christine Keeler? British Model At Heart Of Profumo Scandal Dies

Profumo Affair- John Profumo at the War Office- London

Born in 1943, Keeler was a model and nightclub dancer in 1963 when she had an affair with British War Secretary John Profumo.

Seymour Platt told the Guardian that she died at the Princess Royal University hospital in Farnborough on Monday (4 December) just before midnight.

"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".

"I wish to share some sad news", he wrote.

'My mother, the grandmother to my attractive little girl, passed away late last night.

She had been ill for several months, and suffered from the lung disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

She had been living under the last name Sloane in an attempt to put more distance between herself and the Profumo affair that she was so infamously and indelibly attached to.

"She earned her place in British history however at an enormous individual cost".

Originally from Uxbridge, Middlesex, she was brought up by her mother and her mother's partner who lived in two disused train carriages.

But public interest increased when it was revealed that Keeler had also been linked to Soviet naval attaché Captain Yevgeny Ivanov, with whom she had also been having a sexual relationship.

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. The scandal rocked Britain at the height of the Cold War.

The disclosures about Ms Keeler's association with Mr Profumo are considered to have added to the fall of the Macmillan government.

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

The scandal forced Profumo out of office and out of parliament, precipitated Macmillan's resignation, and led to the death of an osteopath who had introduced Profumo to Keeler.

In the same year, Ward was charged by police with living on the earnings of prostitution - a reference to his role as a "fixer" in introducing Keeler and other young women to rich men - and was found guilty, but committed suicide before the verdict could be announced.

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