Emmanuelle director: 'Sylvia Kristel was a sister to me'

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Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred in the 1974 erotic French film Emmanuelle, has died aged 60.

The actress, who had cancer, was admitted to hospital in July after suffering a stroke. Her agent said she died in her sleep.

Emmanuelle, which told the story of a sexually promiscuous housewife, spawned numerous sequels and played in a cinema on the Champs-Elysees for 11 years.

The film's director Just Jaeckin said: "I'm sad because she was part of my life."

Jaeckin said Kristel was criticised when the film was released but he says now the film is considered "a classic".

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