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January 2, 2022

Famous Photograph of Mandy Rice-Davies and Christine Keeler Taking a Lunch Break in a London Pub, 1963

Doreen Spooner was the first female staff photographer on a British national newspaper. In a career stretching from the late 1940s to the 1990s, mostly at the Daily Mirror, she became, unintentionally, something of a feminist icon.

Her big break came in 1963 when, during the Profumo affair, she scooped a picture of Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies in a London pub, shot from inside the ladies’ loo in murky conditions. Doreen fled before the irate landlord could grab her camera. The photograph made the front pages in the UK and the US – and also made her name.

Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice Davies in Henekey’s Long Bar in Holborn (now called the Cittie of Yorke).

The picture on the front page of Daily Mirror.

Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies taking a break from the trial of society osteopath Stephen Ward at the Old Bailey on July 22, 1963. (Photo by Doreen Spooner/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)




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