Saturday 20 January 2018

'Emmanuelle'star dies penniless aged 60

Anita Singh

SYLVIA Kristel, (left), the actress who brought soft porn into the mainstream as the star of 'Emmanuelle' but found herself unable to escape its tawdry associations, has died of cancer at the age of 60.

Kristel became a global sensation in 1974 when, as a convent-educated ingenue, she appeared in the erotic tale of a diplomat's wife who embarks upon a series of sexual adventures. The Dutch actress hoped the film would be a springboard to Hollywood success, but she could not escape being typecast.

"I was dressed, but people preferred me naked," she lamented in her 2007 memoir, 'Undressing Emmanuelle'.

She craved fame, but ended up with notoriety. As she revealed in one of her final interviews: "I was on a train and I couldn't jump off.

What is it they say? Be careful what you wish for."

Twice divorced and with her money gone -- lost to alcohol and cocaine addiction, and to paying off her second husband's debts -- Kristel spent her final years in a small apartment above an Amsterdam cafe. She forged a second career as an artist and lived on the modest proceeds, supplemented by money from the occasional television interview.

In 2002, she was diagnosed with throat cancer which spread to her lung and liver. She suffered a stroke in July and died in her sleep on Wednesday night. She is survived by her son, Arthur.

Just Jaeckin, director of 'Emmanuelle', said of Kristel: "She was a wonderful woman -- very pure, very innocent. But the mark that 'Emmanuelle' left on her was very hard for her."

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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