Photo Flash: Remembering Sylvia Kristel (1952-2012)

According to published reports, Sylvia Maria Kristel passed away on October 17 from throat cancer. She was 60 years old. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the star below.

Kristel was born in Utrecht, Netherlands, the elder daughter of an innkeeper, Jean-Nicholas Kristel, and his wife Piet. She began modeling when she was seventeen. She gained international attention in 1974 for playing the title character in the softcore film Emmanuelle which remains one of the most successful French films ever produced.

After the success of Emmanuelle, she often played roles that capitalised on that sexually provocative image, most notably starring in an adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981), and a nudity-filled biopic of the World War I spy in Mata Hari. Her Emmanuelle image followed her to the United States, where she played Nicole Mallow, a maid who seduces a teenage boy, in the 1981 sex comedy Private Lessons.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982


Sylvia Kristel at her New York City Hotel on May 5, 1982

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