Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sex And Espionage Scandal In The Swinging 60s: Christine Keeler, Former Model At Heart Of The British Profumo Affair, Dies At 75

Caroline Davies at the Guardian offers a piece on the death of Christine Keeler, the woman at the heart of the Profumo scandal in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, and the subject of the 1989 film Scandal.

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

Keeler, then a teenage model and showgirl, became famous for her role in the 1963 scandal that rocked the establishment when she had an affair with the Tory cabinet minister John Profumo and a Russian diplomat at the same time at the height of the cold war. Profumo was eventually forced to resign after lying to parliament about the affair.

Keeler’s son, Seymour Platt, 46, told the Guardian she died on Monday at the Princess Royal university hospital in Farnborough: “My mother passed away last night at about 11.30pm,” he said on Tuesday.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

You can also watch a documentary about the Profumo scandal and the film Scandal via the below link:

And you can learn more about the scandal by reading Philip Knightly and Caroline Kennedy's An Affair of State: The Profumo Case and the Framing of Stephen Ward.   

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