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Also Known As: Died: October 18, 2012
Born: September 28, 1952 Cause of Death: Cancer
Birth Place: Utrecht, NL Profession: actor, model, waitress, secretary, gas station attendant

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A sensual Dutch actress, Sylvia Kristel became a global star after portraying the sexual adventurer "Emmanuelle" (1974). Achieving unprecedented mainstream success for a soft-core project, the actress, the film, as well as even the name itself, became pop cultural shorthand for a certain romantic, European style of erotica. Kristel went on to appear in "Emmanuelle" sequels in 1975, 1977, 1984 and 1993, as well as in multiple made-for-TV installments of the long-running franchise. She poked fun at her lusty image with roles in "The Nude Bomb" (1980), "Private School" (1983) and "Mata Hari" (1985) and scored a mainstream Hollywood hit as the maid who initiates a lucky teenage boy into the mysteries of sex in the hit "Private Lessons" (1981). Romantically linked to actor Ian McShane for a time and having battled a cocaine addiction, Kristel was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and died of complications on Oct. 17, 2012. Considered by many to be one of the silver screen's most captivating love goddesses, Sylvia Kristel earned her own unique place in the immortal pop culture pantheon.

A sensual Dutch actress, Sylvia Kristel became a global star after portraying the sexual adventurer "Emmanuelle" (1974). Achieving unprecedented mainstream success for a soft-core project, the actress, the film, as well as even the name itself, became pop cultural shorthand for a certain romantic, European style of erotica. Kristel went on to appear in "Emmanuelle" sequels in 1975, 1977, 1984 and 1993, as well as in multiple made-for-TV installments of the long-running franchise. She poked fun at her lusty image with roles in "The Nude Bomb" (1980), "Private School" (1983) and "Mata Hari" (1985) and scored a mainstream Hollywood hit as the maid who initiates a lucky teenage boy into the mysteries of sex in the hit "Private Lessons" (1981). Romantically linked to actor Ian McShane for a time and having battled a cocaine addiction, Kristel was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and died of complications on Oct. 17, 2012. Considered by many to be one of the silver screen's most captivating love goddesses, Sylvia Kristel earned her own unique place in the immortal pop culture pantheon.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sexy Boys (2001) Psychiatrist
2.
 Vergeef Me (2001)
3.
 Film 1 (1999)
4.
 Beauty School (1993)
5.
 Emmanuelle 7 (1993) Emmanuelle
6.
 Big Bet, The (1988)
7.
 Dracula's Widow (1988) Vanessa
8.
 Casanova (1987) Maddalena
9.
 Arrogant, The (1987) Julie
10.
 Mata Hari (1985) Mata Hari
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Milestones close milestones

1972:
Judged "Miss TV Europe"
1974:
Landed breakthrough starring role in soft-core film " Emmanuelle," about the wife of a French diplomat in Bangkok who seeks various sexual encounters
1975:
Reprised role in "Emmanuelle II"
1977:
Returned for "Emmanuelle 3"
1979:
Acted opposite Ursula Andress and Beau Bridges in "The Fifth Musketeer"
:
Moved to California
1979:
Appeared in drama thriller "The Concorde...Airport '79"
1980:
Played female lead in "The Nude Bomb"
:
Battled drug and alcohol addiction for much of the early 1980s
:
After becoming sober and losing a fortune through her second marriage, moved to Brussels
1981:
Played Lady Constance Chatterley in "Lady Chatterley's Lover," a film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel
1984:
Played dual roles in "Emmanuelle IV"
1985:
Cast in title role of "Mata Hari"
1993:
Played the title character in a series of "Emmanuelle" TV-movies
2004:
Made directorial debut with animated short "Topor and Me"
2006:
Published memoir <i>Undressing Emmanuelle</i>
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companion:
Hugo Claus. Writer. Dutch; born c. 1925; together in the 1970s.
companion:
Ian McShane. Actor. Had relationship after they met filming "The Fifth Musketeer" (1977).
husband:
Alan Turner. Real estate developer. Married in 1982; divorced after five months.
husband:
Philippe Blot. Married in 1986; divorced.
companion:
Freddy. Belgian; "I'm not allowed to say his name - or else" according to Kristel.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Jean-Nicholas Kristel. Hotelier. Was a Dutch clay pigeon shooting champion; refused to wear ear plugs during competitions and went deaf; divorced from Kristel's mother c. 1969; died in 1994.
mother:
Piet Kristel. Divorced from Kristel's father c. 1969; died in 2000.
son:
Arthur Claus. Born c. 1975.

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