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The Profumo Affair

TOP SECRET: SEX, LIES AND SPIES: THE PROFUMO AFFAIR

THE IT GIRLS: When the scandal broke, good-time girls Christine Keeler (right) and Mandy Rice-Davies found themselves at the centre of a media frenzy
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Amongst the stack of black-and-white press photos that document the Profumo A air – the sex ‘n’ spies scandal that shook up the 1960s – there are lots of well-thumbed shots of the a air’s ‘It’ girls, Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies. With their bou ant hairdos, neat twin-sets and feline-flicked eyes, they make the whole thing seem unutterably glamorous. Then there are the snaps of disgraced minister, John Profumo, once a rising star of the Conservative government, looking suitably humiliated as he drives away from Parliament and out of politics.

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