Actress Sylvia Kristel, 60, the Dutch star of the hit 1970s erotic movie "Emmanuelle" has died of cancer.
Her agent, Features Creative Management, said in a statement Thursday that Ms. Kristel died in her sleep Wednesday night. The model, who turned to acting in the 1970s, had been fighting cancer for several years.
Her breakthrough came in "Emmanuelle," a 1974 tale directed by Frenchman Just Jaeckin, about the sexual adventures of a man and his wife in Thailand. Ms. Kristel, who played the wife, went on to star in several sequels as well as in Hollywood movies, including Private Lessons in 1981.