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Christine Keeler

Christine Keeler (born 1942) is the model and showgirl whose involvement with a government minister brought down the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan in 1963. She left home at the age of sixteen and worked in London as a cabaret performer. Along with her friend, Mandy Rice-Davies, she came under the influence of Dr Stephen Ward[?], who brought her into contact with the Secretary of State for War, John Profumo. Profumo entered into an affair with Keeler, not suspecting that she had also been introduced to a Russian diplomat by Ward, who apparently hoped for some personal gain as a result. She was briefly imprisoned for her part in what was effectively a prostitution ring; Ward committed suicide before he could be convicted.

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