Bronwen Astor dies

Bronwen Lady Astor, the chatelaine of the infamous Cliveden estate which became the setting for the Profumo scandal, has died at the age of 87.

Born Janet Bronwen Alun Pugh on June 6, 1930 in London, she was the forerunner of today's supermodels and one of the most celebrated models of her generation.

Bronwen also enjoyed a glittering television career as a presenter at the BBC.

However, she was later shunned by the upper echelons of society after she was caught up in the notorious Profumo affair in the 1960s - when Christine Keeler met John Profumo at the home Bronwen shared with her husband, Viscount ‘Bill’ Astor.

Bronwen Lady Astor (pictured in 1963) passed away on December 28 at the age of 87

Bronwen Lady Astor (pictured in 1963) passed away on December 28 at the age of 87

Bronwen Astor, born Janet Bronwen Alun Pugh, on June 6, 1930 in London, was the forerunner of today's supermodels. She is pictured here in 1959

Bronwen Astor, born Janet Bronwen Alun Pugh, on June 6, 1930 in London, was the forerunner of today's supermodels. She is pictured here in 1959

Bronwen (pictured in 1967) also enjoyed a glittering television career as a presenter at the BBC. But she was caught up in the notorious Profumo affair in the 1960s

Bronwen (pictured in 1967) also enjoyed a glittering television career as a presenter at the BBC. But she was caught up in the notorious Profumo affair in the 1960s

Bronwen married former Tory MP and enormously rich aristocrat Bill Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor, in 1960 when she was a highly-successful model and muse to the Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain. 

She married into the wealthy Astor family at the age of 30 and became matriarch of Cliveden. 

However some three years later, her stately home was the setting for the Profumo scandal.  

Viscount ‘Bill’ Astor hit the headlines when he had sex with nightclub dancer Mandy Rice-Davies, and helped introduce her friend Christine Keeler to John

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