05:40 PM EDT 03/19/2015
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.
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