Christine Keeler
British model
Christine Keeler
Biography
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Birthday
22 February 1942
Career Highlights
Some highlights of Christine Keelers career
Label
Christine keeler
Birth name
Christine Margaret Keeler
Nationality
British
Known for
Profumo affair
Profumo Affair
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Lloyd Webber to revive 'Cats' in London, hints at movie
Yahoo News - over 2 years
By Rollo Ross LONDON (Reuters) - Andrew Lloyd Webber is about to find out if felines have more than one life - and possibly a cinematic one as well - as he prepares to bring his 1980s hit musical "Cats" back to London's West End for a limited run. The creator of hit musicals including "Evita" and "Jesus Christ Superstar", announced plans this week to revive "Cats", his 1981 show based on poet T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats", for a 12-week run beginning on Dec. 6. Lloyd Webber said he would also consider bringing back some of his other hits, such as "Phantom of the Opera" and "Starlight Express", and that movie versions were a possibility.     "Yes I think it's very possible that I might have a look at one or two of my shows," Lloyd Webber said. His most recent foray into the West End was "Stephen Ward", about the 1961 British politics-and-sex scandal known as The Profumo Affair which arose from a sexual liaison between the then Secretary of War, John Profumo, and asp ...
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Each of Us Can Change
Huffington Post - about 3 years
How many times have we heard people who said an unequivocal no to the question of whether or not any of us can change in a meaningful way? When asked the question, almost without exception, people assert simply that we humans do not possess the capacity for change. Animals don't change their stripes. Again and again, I've seen just the opposite. Here's one such remarkable case in point. I remember vividly the beginning of the story. I was a student in college, visiting my parents in London. My father had a job with a large American oil company with interests in the Middle East. That part of the business was headquartered in London. No sooner had I arrived from a summer vacation than the story of the decade shook the country and eventually brought down the Tory government. It was a classic British sex scandal that titillated the Brits and fueled the media with details that even the most imaginative novel would have been challenged to provide. The attraction was turbo-charged by ...
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Gets Sexy With 'Stephen Ward'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
LONDON -- He's done the Bible, felines, operatic phantoms and Argentine politics. So what is Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical about? Sex – as well as politics, spying, social revolution and the Cold War. "Stephen Ward" centers on a sensational real-life scandal, the 1963 revelation that Britain's war secretary, John Profumo, was involved with model Christine Keeler, who was also sleeping with a Soviet naval attache. If, as poet Philip Larkin once said, sex began in 1963, the "Profumo affair" was the Big Bang. With its collision of sex, wealth and national security, the Profumo affair rattled Britain's Establishment, came close to toppling the government, and fascinated the nation. But Lloyd Webber says his musical, which opens in London in December, is about more than the scandal – it's a portrait of a "febrile time" of tumultuous social change. "The Profumo affair takes up three minutes of stage time," the composer told The Associated Press on Monday at a preview of songs f ...
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'I betrayed my country': Fifty years after John Profumo's resignation, Christine Keeler reveals she played a role in passing secrets to the Russians
Daily Mail (UK) - over 3 years
Keeler claims she helped her friend, osteopath Stephen Ward ­uncover secrets about missile ­movements in the West that were later passed to the Soviets.
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Christine Keeler: 'I never even enjoyed the sex'
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
There hasn’t been a man in her life for 22 years and it’s been almost four decades since she lived with anyone.
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Is Syria Set to Become ‘the new Libya’?
Mideast Posts - about 5 years
CHRIS KEELER: Non-violent protest appears to be nearing its end in Syria and there are signs that groups are organising an armed resistance against the regime.
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Joan Collins, political thinker? There are worse ideas - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
The link above to the Mail shows our Joanie in a pose not to dissimilar to the famous one taken of Christine Keeler.Except Christine was nude. Now there was one sweet lady who sorted out a Tory government, no problem. Readership pays for what it wants
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Shooting stars in the swinging 60s - Herald Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Photographer Brian Duffy trained his lens on everyone who helped make London swing, from John Lennon and Joanna Lumley to Michael Caine and Christine Keeler. But this gruff witness to rapid changes in art, fashion and film kept "shooting" into the '70s
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Businesswomen's naked ambition - Herts and Essex Observer
Google News - over 5 years
During the eight-hour session, the women recreated celebrated poses including actress Mena Suvari's iconic appearance in the film American Beauty and 60s showgirl Christine Keeler's famous chair shot. Since then, the calendar has sold hundreds of
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The Devil's Double – review - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
The screenwriter, Michael Thomas, handled similarly salacious political material with greater skill in Scandal, the 1988 study of the John Profumo/Christine Keeler affair, and while the film is fairly entertaining, it has nothing new to say about Iraq
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GOSSIP: A caustic eye on the latest celebrity shenanigans - Irish Independent (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Then there's the 'Christine Keeler Chair Shot' – the girl at the middle of the Profuma political scandal straddled an Eames chair, naked, in 1963 and a thousand copies followed in its wake, including Liz Hurley, Sinitta and um, Dame Edna Everage
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Whatever happened to...those involved in the Profumo Affaier - Scotland on Sunday
Google News - over 5 years
"Lucky" Gordon: Keeler's former boyfriend is a drifter with convictions for assaulting and stabbing a girlfriend. Now lives in a council flat a mile from Notting Hill and claims the scandal ruined his life. He says: "If I met up with Christine Keeler
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Is Val Kilmer a deadbeat dad? British actress Joanne Whalley takes Batman star ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Whalley, best known for her role as call girl Christine Keeler in the 1989 film Scandal, has taken the court action after he ex husband fell behind on the monthly payments. Court documents reveal that she has taken out a lien on his 6000 acre New
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Bardot Pouts, Lennon Smiles, Bowie Snoozes in Duffy Photos Saved From Fire - Bloomberg
Google News - over 5 years
Christine Keeler romps naked. Opposite them, John Lennon flashes a schoolboy grin, David Bowie closes his eyes and Michael Caine looks intrigued by his cigarette. These photographs of what sounds like a fun party crowd feature in a new book and the
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The proper way to stay - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Or, as I do, you can check out the cottage where in 1963 call girl Christine Keeler frequently indulged in rumpy-pumpy with British secretary of state for war John Profumo before snuggling up to Russian diplomat Yevgeni Ivanov. The affairs were hot,
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Keeler, Grand Opera House, York, October 17 to 22 - The Press, York
Google News - over 5 years
Based on Christine Keeler's 2001 autobiography, The Truth At Last, the play's account of Britain's biggest political sex scandal of the 20th century has been written by Gill Adams with Keeler's sanction and involvement. In 1963, the Secretary of State
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Sheikhs, Sex And Scandal: The 5 Best News Of The World Moments - Sabotage Times
Google News - over 5 years
Christine Keeler putting the last nail into Profumo's coffin. No stranger to employees baying for his blood, protesters at an anti-Murdoch rally during the News International industrial dispute in 1986. The story that was to eventually put Archer in
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News Of The World: The End Of An Era - Sky News
Google News - over 5 years
In it Christine Keeler confirmed an affair that a government minister had denied. The Macmillan government never recovered from the scandal. Over 20 years later exposed politician Jeffrey Archer for attempting to buy silence from a prostitute
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Christine Keeler
1942
Born on February 22, 1942.
1951
In 1951 she was sent to a holiday home in Littlehampton because the school health inspector said that she was suffering from malnutrition.
At the age of 15, she found work as a model at a dress shop in London's Soho. At age 17, she gave birth to a son after an affair with an American sergeant from the Air Force base at Laleham. The child was born prematurely on 17 April 1959, and survived just six days. That summer, Keeler left Wraysbury, staying briefly in Slough with a friend before heading for London. She initially worked as a waitress at a restaurant in Baker Street, where she met Maureen O’Connor, a girl who worked at Murray’s Cabaret Club in Soho. She introduced Keeler to the owner, Percy Murray, who hired her almost immediately as a topless showgirl. At Murray's she met Stephen Ward, an English osteopath and artist. His practice and his art brought considerable social success, and he made many important friends. Soon the two were living together with the outward appearance of being a couple, but according to her, it was a platonic, non-sexual relationship.
1961
In July 1961, Ward introduced Keeler to John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War, at a pool party at Cliveden, the Buckinghamshire mansion owned by Lord Astor.
Profumo began a brief affair with Keeler, which ended after he was warned by the security services of the possible dangers of mixing with the Ward circle. Among Ward's other friends, whom Profumo briefly met, was the Russian naval attaché and GRU officer, Yevgeni Ivanov. According to Keeler, she and Ivanov enjoyed a short sexual relationship, but most commentators are sceptical. After her relationship with Profumo ended, Keeler was sexually involved with several partners, including the two West Indians Aloysius "Lucky" Gordon and Johnny Edgecombe. There was considerable jealousy between the two men; in one quarrel, Edgecombe slashed Gordon's face with a knife.
1962
When Keeler ended the relationship with Edgecombe, in December 1962, he turned up at Ward's house in Wimpole Mews, where she was temporarily seeking refuge, and fired five shots at the building.
His arrest and subsequent trial brought Keeler to public attention, and provided the impetus from which the scandal known as the "Profumo affair" developed. After initially denying any impropriety with Keeler, Profumo eventually confessed and resigned from the government and parliament, causing great embarrassment to his government colleagues who had previously supported him.
1963
This incident discredited the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan in 1963, in what became known as the Profumo affair.
Born in Uxbridge, Middlesex, Keeler's father abandoned the family during World War II. Keeler was brought up by her mother, Julie Payne, and stepfather, Edward Huish, in a house made from two converted railway carriages in the Berkshire village of Wraysbury.
These events, in the summer of 1963, brought Keeler fame and notoriety; The Economist gave the headline "The Prime Minister's Crisis" alongside a picture of Keeler, with no further explanation.
At the height of the Profumo affair in 1963, Keeler sat for a photographic portrait taken by Lewis Morley.
The photo shoot, at a studio on the first floor of Peter Cook's Establishment Club, with Morley was to promote a proposed film, The Keeler Affair, that was never made. Keeler was reluctant to pose in the nude, but the film producers insisted. Morley persuaded Keeler to sit astride an imitation of an iconic plywood chair, so that whilst technically she would be nude, the back of the chair would obscure most of her body. The photo propelled Arne Jacobsen's model 3107 chair to prominence. However, the actual chair used was an imitation, with a hand-hold aperture cut out of the back to avoid copyright infringement. The chair used is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
On 18 April 1963, Keeler was attacked at the home of a friend.
She accused Gordon, who was arrested and charged. At his trial, which began on 5 June, he maintained that his innocence would be established by two witnesses who, the police told the court, could not be found. On 7 June, principally on the evidence of Keeler, Gordon was found guilty and sentenced to three years' imprisonment. By this time, Ward was facing trial on vice charges, and again Keeler was a main prosecution witness. Ward's trial, which ran from 22–31 July 1963, has been characterised as "an act of political revenge", for the embarrassment caused to the government. He was accused of living on Keeler's immoral earnings, on the basis of the small contributions to household expenses or loan repayments she had made to Ward while living with him. Ward's professional earnings at the time had been around £5,500 a year, a large income at that time. After a hostile summing-up from the trial judge, Ward was convicted, but before the jury returned their verdict he had taken an overdose of barbiturates, and died before sentence could be passed. In the closing days of Ward's trial, Gordon's assault conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal, when his missing witnesses were found and testified that the evidence given by Keeler was substantially false.
Keeler later pleaded guilty to charges of perjury, and in December 1963 was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment.
Since her release from prison in 1964, after two brief marriages which produced two children, Keeler has largely lived alone. Most of the considerable amount she made from newspaper stories was dissipated by lawyers; during the 1970s, she said, "I was not living, I was surviving." She has published several accounts of her life, in one of which she claims that she became pregnant as a result of her relationship with Profumo, and subsequently had an abortion.
1984
Her portrait, by Ward, was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1984.
1988
In 1988, Keeler was featured in Bryan Ferry's promotional video for the single, "Kiss and Tell" (originally released on Ferry's seventh solo album Bête Noire, in 1987) with Mandy Rice-Davies, this was meant to draw more attention to the song's theme.
1989
In the 1989 film about the Profumo affair, Scandal, actress Joanne Whalley portrayed Keeler.
2013
In Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical Stephen Ward the Musical, which opened at the Aldwych Theatre on 19 December 2013, Keeler was portrayed by Charlotte Spencer.
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