Actress Sylvia Kristel Dead at 60
Released in 1974, the soft-core French film EMMANUELLE was one of the first erotic movies to be shown in mainstream U.S. cinemas. The story of a sexually promiscuous housewife was an worldwide smash, making a star of 22-year old Dutch beauty Sylvia Kristel and spawning dozens of sequels and knock-offs (Kristel also starred in the first sequel EMMANUELLE JOYS OF A WOMAN). She had a natural, uninhibited presence and would act in several erotic period pieces in Europe such as LADY CHATTERLY’S LOVER and MATA HARI. Her Emmanuelle image followed her to the United States where she starred as a maid who seduces a teenage boy in the controversial 1981 sex comedy PRIVATE LESSONS, another hit. Kristel lived mostly in Belgium the last couple of decades and penned her autobiography Undressing Emmanuelle. In May 2006, Kristel received an award at the Tribeca Film Festival for directing the animated short film “Topor and Me”. Sylvia Kristel dies yesterday of throat cancer at age 60.
From FOX NEWS:
Actress Sylvia Kristel, the Dutch star of the hit 1970s erotic movie “Emmanuelle,” has died of cancer at age 60.
Her agent, Features Creative Management, said in a statement Thursday that Kristel died in her sleep Wednesday night. Kristel, a model who turned to acting in the 1970s, had been fighting cancer for several years.
Her breakthrough came in “Emmanuelle,” a 1974 erotic tale directed by Frenchman Just Jaeckin, about the sexual adventures of a man and his beautiful young wife, played by Kristel, in Thailand.
She went on to star in several sequels to “Emmanuelle,” as well as in Hollywood movies including “Private Lessons” in 1981.
In Hollywood, she sank into a world of drink and drugs. “I wish I could have skipped that part of my life, she said in a 2005 interview with Dutch newspaper De Volkkrant.
Her agent described her as one of the Netherlands’ biggest movie stars, with more than 50 international films to her name…………………..