18
Sunday
February 2018
6:21 AM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
International News
Keeler, former model at heart of Profumo affair, is dead
 
(London, Dec 06, 2017):Christine Keeler, a former model who was at the centre of the Profumo affair that shook British politics in the 1960s, has died at age 75, her family 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, the Guardian reported.

Profumo was eventually forced to resign after lying to Parliament about the affair.

Keeler's son Seymour Platt, 46, told the Guardian that she died on Monday at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough.

She had been ill for several months and suffered from the lung disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Keeler, who had been living under the name of Sloane for many years, was briefly married twice, both marriages ending in divorce. She had two sons - James from her first marriage and Seymour from her second - and a granddaughter.

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

"There was a lot of good around Chris's rather tragic life because there was a family around her that loved her," the Guardian quoted him as saying. "I think what happened to her back in the day was quite damaging."

Born in Uxbridge, Middlesex, and raised by her mother and stepfather, Keeler was working as a cabaret dancer in Soho in London when she met Stephen Ward, an osteopath, artist and "man about town".

He introduced her to a party scene attended by aristocrats and VIPs, and through him, in 1961, she met both Profumo, then 46 and Secretary of State for War, and the Russian military attache Yevgeny Ivanov, having affairs with both men.

The relationships came to light in 1963, amid fears of a Cold War security leak, rocking the Harold Macmillan government.

At the height of the Profumo affair, Keeler gave newspaper interviews and also posed for the now famous photograph of her sitting naked on a chair.

Desmond Banks, who had known Keeler since her 20s, said: "She was the last survivor of a story that gripped Great Britain and the world more than 50 years ago."


FBI warned about Florida gunman but failed to act
Turkey seeks 18 years jail for German-Turkish journalist
Thailand decorates Myanmar's army chief amid Rohingya crisis
Pakistan claims destroying Indian Army post, killing 5 soldiers
Coach, immigrant, star swimmer: the Florida shooting victims
Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South Africa's president
Indian faces jail, caning for bid to kill student nurse
2 Indians sentenced for smuggling fake cigarettes into US
South Africa's Jacob Zuma resigns as president
17 killed in Florida school shooting by former student: sheriff
Sharif says his opponents would fail to punish him
Afghan officials and Taliban talk despite wave of violence
Trump lawyer says he paid porn actress out of his own pocket
Secret Confidante Choi Soon-sil Of South Korea's President Park Geun-hye Jailed For 20 Years Over Scandal
Judge to rule on Julian Assange’s bid to escape legal action in Britain
Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law hospitalized after suspicious powder scare: Police
France FM visits Iraq to discuss reconstruction
Trump to unveil $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan
Pakistani human rights champion Asma Jahangir dies
Saudi Ritz reopens after stint as gilded prison of princes
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
New poster of Irrfan Khan Starrer 'Blackmail released
 (Feb 17, 2018): After receiving an incredible response on the teaser of the film, the makers  
Justin Bieber to take part in NBA celebrity game
Trailer of 'Pari' out !
Filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala gets honoured by Italian Consulate
KERALA NEWS
Private bus strike: KSRTC emerges winner, collects crores
 (Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 17, 2018, DG): KSRTC buses have brought in record collection as the
Policeman found hanging
Shuhaib's murder: Six in police custody
Cracker factory accident at Pathanamthitta: 2 dead
NATIONAL NEWS
Indian Banks Association discusses PNB fraud
 (Mumbai, Feb 17, 2018): The apex body of bankers today met here to discuss the Rs 11,400-cro
Former union minister Ponnusamy joins BJP
CBI arrests 2 PNB officials, searches Brady Road branch
India, Iran ink 9 pacts after ‘substantive’ talks between Narendra Modi, Hassan Rouhani
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2017 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.