She is best remembered as the eponymous character in five of the seven Emmanuelle films. Her parents divorced when she was 14 years old, after her father abandoned the family for another woman. Kristel began modeling when she was 17 years old. In , before becoming famous, she took part in an audition for the female lead in the film Last Tango in Paris She entered the Miss TV Europe contest in and won.
She was The cause was cancer, her agency, Features Creative Management said in a statement on its Web site, without saying where she died. AVN, a trade publication for the sex film industry, reported that she died at home in The Hague. Kristel was a willowy, dark-haired model and beauty contest winner in her early 20s with scant acting experience when she was cast by the French director Just Jaeckin as Emmanuelle, the wife of a French diplomat in Bangkok who seeks solace for her boredom in a variety of sexual encounters. With its simulated sex scenes shot largely in soft focus, an exotic locale and a sentimental pop score, the film became an avatar of soft-core pornography. An immediate hit in France — it stayed at the same theater in Paris for several years — and later in Japan, where it was perceived as a triumph of feminism mostly, Ms. Kristel went on to appear in several Emmanuelle feature films and made-for-television movies.
Sylvia Kristel is best-known for her ground-breaking role as Emmanuelle in the hit series of X-rated movies that spawned many generations of Emmanuelle films. Sylvia Kristel, Catherine Rivet and a guy all receiving sensual massages from three nude girls who rub their wet bodies all over their naked customers. Hi-res DVD capture from the uncut version of Emmanuelle 2. Sylvia Kristel going topless as a guy leans over to suck on her nice breasts.