Christine Keeler

 

 

Age: 75

 

Summary: central figure in the sex-and-espionage Profumo scandal that rocked Cold War Britain who was a model and nightclub dancer in 1963 when she had an affair with British War Secretary John Profumo as the collision of sex, wealth, and national security issues caused a sensation and helped to topple the Conservative government when it emerged that she had also slept with a Soviet naval attach (Profumo was married at the time to British actress Valerie Hobson, resigned in disgrace and died in 2006, but another person swept up in the scandal, London osteopath Dr. Steven Ward, committed suicide), in which the Profumo affair mesmerized Englanders during a subsequent trial and became the basis for the 1989 film Scandal (in which Keeler was portrayed by Joanne Whalley), and who was ultimately sentenced to nine months in prison for perjury, where she served six months and spent the rest of her life trying to escape her unwanted notoriety.

 

 

Cause of Death: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

 

Born: February 22, 1942

 

Died: December 4, 2017

 

Location: Farnborough, England