Sylvia Kristel, Star of Emmanuelle, Dead at 60

In a cinematic era marked by burgeoning sexual frankness and a more fluid acceptance of movie eroticism, Sylvia Kristel was at the forefront of a cresting wave. The Dutch actress, who starred in a string of mainstream '70s erotic films including Emmanuelle and its sequels, died Wednesday in the Netherlands after a long battle with cancer. She was 60. Her agent confirmed to Afp that Kristel, who had been hospitalized in Amsterdam in July for a stroke, passed away in her sleep. The actress was just 22 years old when she shot to fame in the 1974 French hit Emmanuelle, which told the story of a restless housewife and her sexual escapades in Thailand. The film was notable for being one of the first...
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