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Erotic star Sylvia Kristel suffers stroke

2012-07-02 15:02
Sylvia Kristel Emmanuelle
The Hague - Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, best known for her role as the eponymous heroine of the erotic Emmanuelle film series, is in an Amsterdam hospital following a stroke, her agent said on Monday.

"We don't know what the future holds," Henriette Hoogenboezem told AFP, adding that the 59-year-old also had serious cancer problems.

"We are very worried."

She said Kristel had the stroke some three weeks ago after apparently successful treatment for throat cancer.

She was also to have begun treatment for liver cancer but this had been put off.

Kristel became famous with her first movie, Emmanuelle, which appeared in 1974 and described the erotic adventures of a young woman in Asia.

A worldwide success, it was shown in a cinema on the Champs-Elysees in Paris for 13 years.

A series of sequels followed, also starring Kristel, with Emmanuelle 2 in 1975, Goodbye Emmanuelle in 1977 and Emmanuelle 4 in 1984.

Watch the 1974 Emmanuelle US theatrical trailer:

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