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Christine Keeler

(1942-2017), Model

Sitter in 21 portraits
Keeler left her home in Wraysbury, Berkshire for London aged sixteen and in 1960 was employed at Murray's cabaret club in Soho. Here she met Stephen Ward and soon after went to live with him. He introduced Keeler to the Conservative Minister of War, John Profumo, and Yevgeny Ivanov, the Soviet naval attaché, at Cliveden. Affairs with both provoked a major political scandal in 1963 and helped to pave the way for Labour's success at the following election. Keeler gained substantial payments for her story from newspapers worldwide after the scandal broke and has since written autobiographies Nothing But... (1983), Scandal! (1989), The Truth At Last (2001) and Secrets and Lies (2012).

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Christine Keeler

by Tom Blau
modern C-type colour print from original negative, 1963
NPG x137319

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