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Remember Christine Keeler?

 

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Dressed in a shapeless top and sandals and pulling a plastic shopping trolley, it is difficult to imagine that this woman was once one of the worlds most photographed – and infamous – “ beauties”

But the pensioner pictured here is Christine Keeler.

Her sexual liaisons 50 years ago with British Tory Minister John Profumo and a Russian military attache based in London led to one of the biggest political scandals of modern times.

The 71-year-old is unrecognisable from the fresh-faced model and showgirl who found herself embroiled in Profumo affair in 1963.

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She revelled in her notoriety at the time and sold her story to newspapers all over the world.

Ms Keeler now lives in a sheltered accommodation block in South London and is estranged from her two sons.

In an interview last year to publicise her latest book about the affair that rocked the British Establishment, she said:

“My children don’t want to be associated with that bloody whore Christine Keeler. It’s awful but that’s the way it is.”

The scandal happened at the height of the Cold War when it was discovered that Keeler had been sleeping with both Profumo, the then Conservative Minister for War, and Yevgeny Ivanov, a naval attache based at the Russian Embassy in London.

Keeler and Profumo began their affair after being introduced at a party at the Cliveden estate in 1961 by their mutual friend Stephen Ward, a high-society osteopath and portrait-painter.

Profumo, who was married to actress Valerie Hobson, had no idea that Keeler was also sleeping with Ivanov.

In March 1963 he told the House of Commons that rumours of his affair were untrue, but  he was forced to resign three months later after admitting he had lied.

Ward, who was prosecuted for living off immoral earnings, took an overdose the day before his trial ended and died on August 3, 1963.

Keeler was found guilty of unrelated perjury charges and was sentenced to nine months in prison.

The passage of time has done little to diminish the public’s fascination with the scandal.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has written a musical, “Stephen Ward”, due to open in December.

It is understood Keeler declined to co-operate with the project.

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6 comments on “Remember Christine Keeler?

  1. I HAVE A VOICE
    October 3, 2013

    this saddened me~ Bad choices aren’t ever a well spring of happiness ~ Wonderful post!

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  2. dorannrule
    October 4, 2013

    Yikes! Evidently time has exacted a nasty toll.

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    • Judy
      October 4, 2013

      Yep I don’t think time does any of us much favours in the looks dept do you? Mind you the alternative is not too flash either 🙂

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  3. simon
    October 14, 2013

    Oh wow…she was so beautiful…Iconic…I guess time is unforgiving to us all.

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    • Judy
      October 15, 2013

      Yep it’s a shame we can’t stay young and beautiful until we die isn’t it? I wouldn’t mind being ninety and looking twenty if I could. 🙂

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