LONDON: Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred in the iconic 1974 erotic French film Emmanuelle and over 50 other movies, died in her sleep overnight after suffering from cancer, her agent said on October 18.
“She died during the night during her sleep,” Marieke Verharen of Features Creative Management told AFP of the 60 year-old actress.
She starred in five Emmanuelle films between 1974 and 1993 and another six TV spin-offs. The series of French-made erotic movies are famed for bringing soft-core pornography to mainstream cinema.
She also became famous for her steamy nude scenes in another 40 films, starring in the lead roles in X-rated versions of Lady Chatterly’s Lover and First World War spy drama Mata Hari.
Kristel — a heavy smoker since the age of 11 — was also treated for lung cancer 10 years ago. In her 2006 autobiography Undressing Emmanuelle, she told of a personal life blighted by her battle with drugs and alcohol, and a series of destructive relationships with older men.