If the details of the scandal itself are hazy to some, the famous photograph of Christine Keeler astride that chair is not. To re-cap: when she was 19, Keeler became involved both with Minister of War John Profumo and a Russian attach . When it became public, Profumo was forced to resign and the scandal undermined the Macmillan government. Keeler was jailed for six months and on her release her life was never the same. There have been other "biographies" of course, but only now - with both the passage of the years and the release of certain MI5 files - does she at last feel she can tell the "real" story. The publisher isn't releasing details yet because of the newspaper serialisation, but the involvement of the KGB and CIA are both discussed by Keeler. It is likely to be the familiar tale of the powerless and poor individual being used by the powerful Establishment.
About the Author
Christine Keeler, born in the Midlands, was a model of note in her teens - her portrait astride a chair by Lewis Morley has become iconic. Tried for alleged perjury after the death Steven Ward and briefly jailed, the story of her early life was adapted as the film Scandal, but the truth has been far more interesting. She now writes and presents for television, and lives in north London.
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