Emmanuelle Star Sylvia Kristel Dies

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October 18, 2012 | 7:31am EST

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel has died at the age of 60.
The star of the erotic Emmanuelle film franchise passed away on Wednesday following a battle with cancer. She had been hospitalised in Holland in June after suffering a stroke.
Her agent Marieke Verharen tells the AFP news agency, “She died during the night during her sleep.”
Kristel began her career as a model before landing her breakthrough role as a promiscuous housewife in the hit 1974 softcore movie Emmanuelle.
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 Chatterly’s Lover and Mata Hari.