London: Former model Mandy Rice-Davies, one of the key figures in the 1960s Profumo affair, died last evening from cancer at the age of 70, her publicist said today.
She, along with 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 defence attache Yevgeny Ivanov, while Profumo denied having an affair with Keeler in the House of Commons.
Rice-Davies testified at the high profile trial of Stephen Ward, an osteopath who was charged with living off the immoral earnings of her and Keeler, which exposed a web of intrigue involving the upper echelons of society.
Ward took an overdose the night before a guilty verdict was returned, and died days later.