Sylvia Kristel, the Dutch actress who made her name playing sex-mad housewife Emmanuelle, died on Thursday. Kristel, who was suffering from cancer, was admitted to hospital in July following a stroke.
Kristel went on to make several sequels of Emmanuelle, as well as a series of Hollywood movies including Private Lessons, Lady Chatterley's Lover and Mata Hari.
She was just 22 when she shot Emmanuelle - having stumbled into the audition by accident. Kristel had been about to attend a casting call for soap detergent next door when she met director Just Jaeckin.
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In 1994 she told The Evening Standard just how she secured the part, explaining: "He asked me to take my dress off.
"Luckily it was an easy dress to take off. It had spaghetti straps which I just slipped over my shoulders and it just fell off.
"I carried on talking and smoking in the nude. I was not inhibited at all."
Her agent Marieke Verharen told the AFP news agency: "She died during the night during her sleep."
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