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Model in Britain's sex-and-spy Profumo scandal dies at 75

06 December 2017

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.

The then-model Keeler, aged 19 at the time, gave newspaper interviews during the crisis, and posed naked on a chair in an iconic photograph.

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

Her life is the subject of a BBC series which will be filmed next year and outlines her upbringing in Uxbridge, Middlesex where she was raised by her mother and stepfather.

In later years, Keeler married twice and had two sons and granddaughter.

Platt, who lives in Ireland, said he, his wife and their daughter had last seen his mother a week before her death.

'I think what happened to her back in the day was quite damaging'.

Stephen Ward, an osteopath, introduced society girl Keeler to Profumo in 1961, sparking an affair between the pair.

It was as a cabaret dancer that she was thrust into the public eye when through the London party scene, she met Profumo, 46, who was secretary of state for war and Ivanov, who was the Russian military attache.

When the relationships came to light in 1963, amid fears of a cold war security leak, the scandal rocked the Harold Macmillan government.

Mr Profumo was eventually forced to admit he had lied to the Commons in March 1963 when he denied any impropriety with Ms Keeler.

He later admitted lying to the house and resigned.

The scandal likely contributed to Macmillan's election defeat to Labour's Harold Wilson in 1964.

Model in Britain's sex-and-spy Profumo scandal dies at 75