‘Emmanuelle’ Actress Sylvia Kristel Dead at 60

Picture: Columbia Pictures (C)

Multiple media sources are reporting that Sylvia Kristel has died after a fight with cancer. She was 60 years-old. Kristel was most famous for her role as the eponymous sexual libertine in the film Emmanuelle, a French soft-core porn that became – along with Deep Throat – improbable pop culture touchstones in 1970s America. Distributed by mainstream movie house Columbia Pictures, Emmanuelle found its way to theaters across the United States, finding fans and winning nods of approval from critics alike. It was an odd time, and one not likely to be seen again in the internet era where porn can be accessed anonymously and with little difficulty.

Want to know about Emmanuelle in America? Check out this free but decidedly NSFW short film featuring interviews with Camille Paglia, Just Jaeckin and others.

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  • http://twitter.com/explodingwalrus Carl Draper

    Shame, maybe there should be a minutes fap in memory of her..

  • http://twitter.com/explodingwalrus Carl Draper

    Shame, maybe there should be a minutes fap in memory of her..

  • http://twitter.com/modemac modemac

    “Emmanuelle” and its innumerable sequels were staples of late-night cable softcore through the 1980s and 1990s. For those of us who used “Skin-a-max” as the modern-day equivalent of sneaking porn mags under the mattress, Sylvia Kristel was a goddess and the subject of many a…pleasing moment by oneself. Hardly the worst legacy to leave in the world. I tip my hat and offer my sympathies.

  • http://twitter.com/modemac modemac

    “Emmanuelle” and its innumerable sequels were staples of late-night cable softcore through the 1980s and 1990s. For those of us who used “Skin-a-max” as the modern-day equivalent of sneaking porn mags under the mattress, Sylvia Kristel was a goddess and the subject of many a…pleasing moment by oneself. Hardly the worst legacy to leave in the world. I tip my hat and offer my sympathies.

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    My favorite thing to watch when I was 14 and everyone in the house was asleep…

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    My favorite thing to watch when I was 14 and everyone in the house was asleep…

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