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'Emmanuelle' star Sylvia Kristel dies at 60

Actress Sylvia Kristel, the Dutch star of the hit 1970s erotic "Emmanuelle" movies, has died of cancer at age 60. Her agent, Features Creative Management, said in a statement Thursday that Kristel died in her sleep Wednesday night. Kristel, a model who turned to acting in the 1970s, had been fighting cancer for several years. Her breakthrough came in "Emmanuelle," a 1974 erotic tale directed by Frenchman Just Jaeckin, about the sexual adventures of a man and his beautiful young wife in Thailand. Full story: 'Emmanuelle' star Sylvia Kristel dies at age 60 | PHOTOS: Sylvia Kristel - Life in PicturesRalph Gatti / AFP / Getty Images