Christine Keeler

British model Christine Keeler

Christine Margaret Keeler is an English former model and showgirl. Her involvement with a British government minister discredited the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan in 1963, in what is known as the Profumo Affair.
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Christine Keeler, Central Figure in British ‘Scandal of the Century,’ Is Dead at 75
NYTimes - 3 months
Ms. Keeler’s affair with the government minister John Profumo and other revelations set England abuzz in the early 1960s.
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Lloyd Webber to revive 'Cats' in London, hints at movie
Yahoo News - over 3 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 as...
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Each of Us Can Change
Huffington Post - over 4 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 b...
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Gets Sexy With 'Stephen Ward'
Huffington Post - over 4 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 ...
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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 4 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) - about 6 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 - over 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Christine Keeler
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 71
    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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  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 47
    In the 1989 film about the Profumo affair, Scandal, actress Joanne Whalley portrayed Keeler.
  • 1988
    Age 46
    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.
  • 1984
    Age 42
    Her portrait, by Ward, was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1984.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1963
    Age 21
    Keeler later pleaded guilty to charges of perjury, and in December 1963 was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment.
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    On 18 April 1963, Keeler was attacked at the home of a friend.
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    At the height of the Profumo affair in 1963, Keeler sat for a photographic portrait taken by Lewis Morley.
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    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.
    This incident discredited the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan in 1963, in what became known as the Profumo affair.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 20
    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.
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  • 1961
    Age 19
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Age 9
    In 1951 she was sent to a holiday home in Littlehampton because the school health inspector said that she was suffering from malnutrition.
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  • 1942
    Age 0
    Born on February 22, 1942.
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