Maureen Swanson
Maureen Swanson
Maureen Ward, Countess of Dudley is a former British actress and Countess of Scottish origin. Lady Dudley is the daughter of James Swanson and was a pretty, elegant brunette Scottish leading lady who featured briefly in 1950s British pictures and retired following her marriage in 1961.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 78
    Died on November 18, 2011.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 56
    From the 1989 court case, Lady Dudley won “substantial” damages from the publishers of Honeytrap: the Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward by Anthony Summer and Stephen Dorril, in which the authors suggested that she had been one of the “popsies” whom Ward had procured for his influential friends.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002 the Countess again accepted substantial libel damages from the publishers of Christine Keeler: The Truth At Last, Keeler's own account of the events surrounding her notorious affair with the former war minister John Profumo, in which she referred to Lady Dudley as having been “one of Stephen’s girls”.
    In a 1989 libel case, Lady Dudley admitted to having had an affair with Stephen Ward, the osteopath and artist who was one of the central figures in the 1963 Profumo affair.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1969
    Age 36
    She was styled as the Countess of Dudley on 26 December 1969, following her husband's succession to the earldom.
    More Details Hide Details They had seven children:
  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 28
    She married on 24 August 1961 as the second wife of Viscount Ednam.
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    As Maureen Swanson, she featured in British pictures during the 1950s and retired from acting in 1961, following her marriage to Viscount Ednam.
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  • 1953
    Age 20
    They became friends when he was commissioned to draw her portrait in 1953 — 10 years before the Profumo scandal.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1932
    Born
    Born on November 25, 1932.
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