Christine Keeler, model at centre of Profumo Affair, dies aged 75

Christine Keeler, model at centre of Profumo Affair, dies aged 75

The Longford based son of Christine Keeler, the former model at the centre of the Profumo affair that shook British politics in the 1960s, has paid a glowing tribute to his mother in the wake of her death earlier this week.

"She was the last survivor of a story that gripped Great Britain and the world more than 50 years ago".

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. 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 had two sons, James from her first marriage, and Seymour from her second, and a granddaughter.

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In an emotional post on Facebook, Mr Platt said the decorated model would be forever remembered as someone who stood up and fought for what she believed in.

Platt, told the paper: "There was a lot of good around Chris's rather tragic life, because there was a family around her that loved her".

Stephen Ward, an osteopath, introduced society girl Keeler to Profumo in 1961, sparking an affair between the pair. She began affairs with both men, and when the triangle came to light in 1963, it gripped Britain, played upon Cold War fears, and triggered events that led to the undoing of the Harold Macmillan government. 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. Profumo ended up resigning after admitting he lied. It was considered to be a factor behind the fall of the government led by Harold Macmillan, which was replaced by a Labour government in 1964 led by Harold Wilson.

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