PROFUMO SCANDAL FIGURE DIES AT AGE 70

Dec 19, 2014

By Andy Johnson

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One of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo Sandal in Britain, has died from cancer at the age of 70. Mandy Rice Davies, who along with her friend Christine Keeler, was at the centre of the scandal which threatened to bring down Harold Macmillan’s government. Rice-Davies lived with Keeler, whose affair with war minister John Profumo prompted his resignation in 1963. Keeler was also said to be having a relationship with Soviet defense attache Yevgeny Ivanov, although Profumo denied in the House of Commons having an affair with her. In later years, interest in Keeler and Rice-Davies and the notorious scandal persisted, with Andrew Lloyd Webber penning a short-lived musical about Stephen Ward, a doctor who committed suicide before being convicted of living off the money Keeler and Rice-Davies made working as call girls. Rice Davies collaborated on the musical.

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