London: Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred in the 1974 erotic French film Emmanuelle, died on Wednesday in her sleep. She was 60.
The actress, who had cancer, was admitted to hospital in July after suffering a stroke.
“She died during the night during her sleep,” her agent, Marieke Verharen said.
Kristel became famous with her first movie, “Emmanuelle”, which described the erotic adventures of a young woman in Asia. A worldwide success, it was shown in a cinema on the Champs-Elysees in Paris for 13 years.
`Emmanuelle,’ which told the story of a sexually promiscuous housewife, spawned numerous sequels and played in a cinema on the Champs-Elysees for 11 years.
A series of sequels followed, also starring Kristel, with “Emmanuelle 2″ in 1975, “Goodbye Emmanuelle” in 1977 and “Emmanuelle 4″ in 1984.
Released in 1974, the soft-focus French film was one of the first erotic movies to be shown in mainstream cinemas.