Sylvia Kristel, Erotic Star Of 'Emmanuelle', Dies Aged 60

End Of An Erotic Era: 'Emmanuelle' Star Dies

It's the end of an erotic era, with the death of 'Emmanuelle' star Sylvia Kristel, aged 60.

The Dutch actress, who became famous after starring in the 1974 film as a sexually promiscuous housewife, had cancer and was admitted to hospital in July after suffering a stroke.

Her agent Marieke Verharen told the AFP news agency: "She died during the night during her sleep."

Sylvia Kristel at Cannes Film Festival in 1974

'Emmanuelle', which was given a restricted X-rating in the UK, told the story of a beautiful young model who lived in Bangkok together with her older husband Jean... both were very tolerant in the matters of extramarital affairs.

Kristel herself began her career as a model before landing the role and she went on to make a string of sequels to 'Emmanuelle' and built on her reputation as a sex icon with similar roles in movies including 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' and 'Mata Hari'.


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