KRISTEL, who formerly lived with Lovejoy star Ian McShane, scored fame with 70s soft porn Emmanuelle movies...
STAR of the ‘70s soft porn Emmanuelle movies Sylvia Kristel has died at the age of 60.
The Dutch-born actress passed away in her sleep last night after a ten-year battle with cancer.
Kristel starred in five Emmanuelle films between 1974 and 1993 and another six TV spin-offs.
The series of French-made erotic movies are famed for bringing soft-
core pornography to mainstream cinema.
She also became famous for her steamy nude scenes in another 40 films, starring in the lead roles in X-rated versions of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and World War One spy drama Mata Hari.
Kristel – a heavy smoker since the age of 11 – was also treated for lung cancer ten years ago and managed to make a partial recovery.
She lived with Lovejoy star Ian McShane in the 1980s in LA but split after four years and moved to St Tropez in France.
Her 2006 autobiography Undressing Emmanuelle told of a personal life blighted by battles with drugs and alcohol, as well as a series of destructive relationships with older men.
She branded her relationship with McShane as “awful”, adding: “He was witty and charming but we were too much alike.”
Kristel had recently been released from hospital in Amsterdam after suffering a massive heart failure in July.
She leaves one son who she had with Belgian author Hugo Claus, 27 years her senior.