Model in Britain’s ‘Profumo’ scandal dies at 75

By Associated Press

Christine Keeler, the central figure in the sex-and-espionage Profumo scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at 75.

Her son, Seymour Platt, posted on Facebook that Keeler died Monday at a hospital near Farnborough in southern England.

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

When it emerged that Keeler had also slept with a Soviet naval attache, the collision of sex, wealth and national security issues caused a sensation and helped topple the Conservative government.

A naked photo of Keeler straddling the back of a chair is among the most famous U.K. images of the 1960s. She spent the rest of her life trying to escape her unwanted notoriety.

FILE – Christine Keeler, 21, arrives at Old Bailey in London, in this file photo dated April 1, 1963, where her bail was forfeited for her failure to appear earlier as a court witness in a shooting case against her ex-lover. (AP Photo/FILE)
 
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