04:05 PM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 10/18/2012 08:35AM
Sylvia Kristel, arguably the world's first true porn star, whose starring role in the 1974 erotic French film Emmanuelle changed the face of adult cinema, has died of cancer. She was 60.
"She died during the night during her sleep," her agent told the AFP news agency on Thursday.
The Dutch actress, a longtime smoker, had suffered a stroke in July.
Top 5 Most Voted Stories
See The Dress That Got This Utah High Schooler in Trouble at a Dance
Bradley Cooper: Why American Sniper Was 'Life-Changing'
Broadway Legend Joel Grey Opens Up About His Sexuality
American Sniper Hero Chris Kyle's Widow, Taya: 'I Will Love Him Until the Day I Die'
Utah Family of 5 Died from Methadone, Other Drugs
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!