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The woman at the heart of the Profumo scandal, Christine Keeler, dies aged 75

Keeler's multiple affairs with a government minister and the Soviet military attache helped bring down the MacMillan government in the early 1960s.

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The woman at the heart of the Profumo scandal, Christine Keeler, dies aged 75

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The face that brought down the MacMillan government in Britain in the early 1960s, model and escort Christine Keeler, has died aged 75.

She became notorious in 1963 when it became clear she was sleeping with the British minister for war John Profumo at the same time as bedding the Soviet military attache in London.

It was the height of the Cold War, and after lying about their relationship Profumo had to resign. It was Britain's biggest political scandal of the 20th century. A year later Labour won the election, and MacMillan was finished.