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‘Emmanuelle’ star Sylvia Kristel dies

Submitted by on October 18, 2012 – 10:00 am Comments

Recently the star of the movie ‘Emmanuelle’ died at the age of 60. She was battling throat cancer, lung cancer and esophageal cancer. She passed away in her sleep. Although she is known for playing the lead role in four of the seven erotic ‘Emmanuelle’ films, she has acted in over 50 movies including them.  Kristel was born in Utrecht, Netherlands 1952 and began modeling when she was just 17. She entered the Miss TV Europe contest in 1973 and won.

She could speak Dutch, English, French, German and Italian. She gained international attention in 1974 for playing the title character in the softcore film Emmanuelle, which till today remains one of the most successful French films ever produced. Her Emmanuelle image followed her to the United States where she played Nicole Mallow, a maid who seduces a teenage boy, in the controversial 1981 sex comedy Private Lessons.

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One of her only other mainstream American film appearances was a brief comic turn in the Get Smart revival film ‘The Nude Bomb’ in 1980. In May 2006, Kristel received an award at the Tribeca Film Festival, New York for directing the animated short film “Topor and Me”, written by Ruud Den Dryver. In September 2006 Kristel’s autobiography Nue (Nude) was published in France. It was translated into English as Undressing Emmanuelle: A Memoir, by Fourth Estate. In it she tells of a turbulent personal life blighted by addictions to drugs, alcohol, and her quest for a father figure which resulted in some harmful relationships with older men.

A heavy smoker of unfiltered cigarettes from the age of eleven, Kristel was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2001 and underwent three courses of chemotherapy, and surgery after it spread to her lung. On 12 June 2012 Kristel suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in life threatening condition. The movie ‘Emmanuelle’ is about a beautiful young model who, lives in Bangkok together with her husband Jean, who’s several years older. Both are very tolerant in matters of extramarital affairs, which in turn lead to erotic situations. Sylvia Kristel was apparently fairly unhappy that she was not approached regarding the English-language dub of the film, as she herself spoke fluent English and felt she was capable of doing the job herself.

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