Sylvia Kristel dies of cancer at 60
Sylvia Kristel died of cancer at the age of 60. The Dutch star was best known for her role in 1970s erotic movie ‘Emmanuelle’. According to her agent, Sylvia died in her sleep Wednesday night, October 17.
Sylvia Kristel raised fame with her role in ‘Emmanuelle’, a 1974 erotic tale directed by Frenchman Just Jaeckin. The movie tells the sexual adventures of a man and his beautiful young wife, played by Sylvia, in Thailand. The actress also played in several sequels to ‘Emmanuelle’.
In 2006, Sylvia was honored with a special jury prize at the Tribeca Film Festival for a short animated film she directed called ‘Topor et Moi’.
As for her role in ‘Emmanuelle’, she confessed it was her former partner, Belgian author Hugo Claus, who convinced her to take the role. “He said, ‘Thailand, that’s nice, we’ve never been there and anyway the film will never come out in the Netherlands so you won’t put your mother to shame’. In the end, 350 million people saw it worldwide”, the actress told De Volkskrant.
Sylvia Kristel is survived by her partner Peter Brul and a son with Hugo Claus, Arthur Kristel.