John and Valerie Profumo
The name "Profumo" is almost invariably suffixed with "affair", yet John Profumo's month-and-a-day liaison with Christine Keeler in 1961 is representative neither of his life nor of his 44-year marriage to the actress Valerie Hobson. He confessed the indiscretion to his wife before admitting publicly that he had lied to the House of Commons about the affair; Valerie stood by him through the resulting furore, and forgave him swiftly, writing in a letter to celebrate their 10-year anniversary: "The whole of time would not be long enough to tell you of my joy in being married to you. Joy is not measured just by lovely things: the birth of babies, the song of birds heard together, the fun of holidays - the lyrical-love of lying with you. Joy is to be found, too, in the relief after pain shared, in the good news following bad, in the knowledge of greater closeness after disaster." After resigning from the Cabinet, John Profumo never spoke publicly of the scandal again, but instead devoted himself to voluntary charity work for the rest of his life, cleaning toilets at East End charity Toynbee Hall before becoming its chief fundraiser. Valerie joined him, and the two were parted only by her death in 1998.