Actress Sylvia Kristel, star of 'Emmanuelle,' dies at age 60
This Feb. 26, 2008 photo released by Features Creative Management shows actress Sylvia Kristel.
Published Thursday, October 18, 2012 7:22AM EDT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Actress Sylvia Kristel, the Dutch star of the hit 1970s erotic movie "Emmanuelle," has died of cancer at age 60.
Her agent, Features Creative Management, said in a statement Thursday that Kristel died in her sleep Wednesday night. Kristel, a model who turned to acting in the 1970s, had been fighting cancer for several years.
Her breakthrough came in "Emmanuelle," an erotic tale directed by Frenchman Just Jaeckin, about the sexual adventures of a man and his beautiful young wife, played by Kristel, in Thailand.
She went on to star in several sequels to "Emmanuelle," as well as in Hollywood movies including "Private Lessons" in 1981.