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Sylvia Kristel
Sylvia Kristel (1973).jpg
Sylvia Kristel in 1973
Born Sylvia Maria Kristel
(1952-09-28)28 September 1952
Utrecht, Netherlands
Died 17 October 2012(2012-10-17) (aged 60)[1]
The Hague, Netherlands[2]
Occupation Actress, model, memoirist
Years active 1973–2010
Children 1

Sylvia Maria Kristel (28 September 1952 – 17 October 2012)[3] was a Dutch model and actress who appeared in over 50 films. She is best remembered as the lead character in five of the seven Emmanuelle films.[4][5]

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Early lifeEdit

Kristel was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands; she was the elder daughter of an innkeeper, Jean-Nicholas Kristel, and his wife Pietje Hendrika Lamme.[6][7] In her 2006 autobiography, Nue, she stated that she was sexually abused by an elderly hotel guest when she was nine years old, an experience she otherwise refused to discuss. Her parents divorced when she was 14 years old, after her father abandoned the family for another woman. "It was the saddest thing that ever happened to me", she said of the experience of her parents' separation.[8]

CareerEdit

Kristel began modeling when she was 17 years old. She entered the Miss TV Europe contest in 1973 and won. She spoke Dutch, English, French, German, and Italian fluently, as well as several other languages to a lesser extent. Kristel gained international attention in 1974 for playing the title character in the softcore film Emmanuelle, which remains one of the most successful French films ever produced. After the success of Emmanuelle, she often played roles that capitalised on that sexually provocative image, most notably starring in an adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981), and a nudity-filled biopic of the World War I spy in Mata Hari (1985). Her Emmanuelle typecasting image followed her to the United States, where she played Nicole Mallow, a maid who seduces a teenaged boy in the sex comedy Private Lessons (1981).[9] Another mainstream American film appearance was a brief comic turn in the Get Smart revival film The Nude Bomb in 1980.

Although Private Lessons was one of the highest-grossing independent films of 1981 (ranking number 28 in US domestic gross),[10] Kristel reportedly saw none of the profits and continued to appear in movies and last played Emmanuelle in the early 1990s. In May 1990, she appeared in the television series My Riviera, filmed at her home in Saint-Tropez and offering insights of her life and motivations in an interview with writer-director Michael Feeney Callan. In 2001, she played a small role in Forgive Me, Dutch filmmaker Cyrus Frisch's debut. In May 2006, Kristel received an award at the Tribeca Film Festival, New York, for directing the animated short film Topor and Me, written by Ruud Den Dryver. The award was presented by Gayle King. After a hiatus of eight years, she acted in the film, Two Sunny Days (2010), and that same year in her last acting role, she played Eva de Leeuw in the TV series The Swing Girls.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

 
Sylvia Kristel at the Cannes Film Festival, 1990

In September 2006, Kristel's autobiography Nue (Nude) was published in France. The writing was translated into English as Undressing Emmanuelle: A Memoir, by Fourth Estate, 2 July 2007, in which she described a turbulent personal life that was blighted by addictions to drugs and alcohol, and her quest for a father figure, which resulted in some destructive relationships with older men. The book received some positive reviews.[11]

She had her first major relationship with Belgian author Hugo Claus, who was more than two decades her senior. The union produced her only child, a son named Arthur, who was born in 1975. She left her husband for British actor Ian McShane, whom she had met on the set of the film The Fifth Musketeer (1979).[12] They moved in together in Los Angeles, where he had promised to help her launch her American career. However, their five-year affair led to no significant career break for Kristel, but a relationship she describes in her autobiography as "awful – he was witty and charming, but we were too much alike." She began using cocaine about two years into the relationship. This proved her downfall, although at the time she thought of it as a "supervitamin, a very fashionable substance, without danger, but expensive, far more exciting than drowning in alcohol – a fuel necessary to stay in the swing."[13] Sylvia Kristel also had a relationship with French singer Michel Polnareff.[14]

Kristel was interviewed in 2006 for the documentary Hunting Emmanuelle. She described how she made a number of poor decisions due to an expensive cocaine addiction. One of those decisions included selling her interest in Private Lessons to her agent for US$150,000; the film grossed more than US$26 million domestically. After McShane, she married twice, first to Alan Turner, an American businessman. That marriage ended after five months, and she later married film producer Philippe Blot. She spent a decade with Belgian radio producer Fred De Vree, until his death.[citation needed]

Illness and deathEdit

Kristel was a heavy smoker from the age of 11. She was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2001 and underwent three courses of chemotherapy and surgery after the disease spread to her lungs.[15] On 12 June 2012, she suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in critical condition.[16] Four months later, she died in her sleep at age 60 from esophageal and lung cancer.[17] Sylvia Kristel is buried at her place of birth in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1973 Frank en Eva Sylvia English title: Living Apart Together
1973 Because of the Cats Hannie Troost
1973 Naked Over the Fence Lilly Marischka
1974 Emmanuelle Emmanuelle
1974 Julia Andrea
1974 No Pockets in a Shroud Avril
1975 Playing with Fire Diana Van Den Berg
1975 Emmanuelle II Emmanuelle
1976 Game of Seduction Mathilde Leroy
1976 The Margin Diana
1977 Alice or the Last Escapade Alice Caroll
1977 Rene the Cane Krista
1977 Emmanuelle 3 Emmanuelle
1978 Pastorale 1943 Miep Algera
1978 Mysteries Dany Kielland
1979 Tigers in Lipstick The Lady on the Bed / The Unhappy Wife
1979 The Fifth Musketeer Maria Theresa
1979 The Concorde ... Airport '79 Isabelle
1980 The Nude Bomb Agent 34
1980 Love in First Class Beatrice
1981 Lady Chatterley's Lover Lady Constance Chatterley
1981 Private Lessons Mallow
1983 Private School Ms. Regina Copoletta
1984 Emmanuelle 4 Sylvia / Emmanuelle
1985 Mata Hari Mata Hari
1985 Red Heat Sofia
1985 The Big Bet Michelle
1988 The Arrogant Julie
1988 Dracula's Widow Vanessa
1989 Hot Blood Sylvia
1992 Silence of the Body
1993 Beauty School Sylvia
1993 Emmanuelle VI Emmanuelle
1996 In the Shadow of the Sandcastle Angel Kelley
1997 Gaston's War Miep Visser
1999 Film 1 Patron
1999 An Amsterdam Tale Alma
1999 Harry Rents a Room Miss Pinky Short
2000 Lijmen/Het Been Jeanne
2001 Vergeef me Chiquita (on stage)
2001 De vriendschap Sylvia
2001 Sexy Boys La sexologue
2002 Bank Wife Video
2010 Two Sunny Days Angela

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Million Dollar Face Brett Devereaux TV film
1987 Casanova Maddalena TV film
1993 Emmanuelle Old Emmanuelle TV films
1996 De eenzame oorlog van Koos Tak "Tante Heintje"
1996 Onderweg naar morgen Trix Odijk TV series
1997 Die Sexfalle Nicole Fuchs TV film
2000 Die Unbesiegbaren Elisabeth Lohmann TV film
2000 Mind Hunter TV film
2010 The Swing Girls Eva de Leeuw TV film

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sylvia Kristel, star of Emmanuelle, dies, BBC News, 18 October 2012, retrieved 18 October 2012 
  2. ^ Sylvia Kristel - Dutch actress, Encyclopedia Britannica, retrieved 10 February 2018 
  3. ^ Corder, Mike. "'Emmanuelle' star Sylvia Kristel dies at age 60". The Associated Press, Xfinity.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Actrice Sylvia Kristel (60) overleden". de Volkskrant. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sylvia Kristel". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sylvia Kristel". Filmreference.com. 
  7. ^ "Sylvia Kristel: Family and Companions". Yahoo! Movies. [dead link]
  8. ^ Kristel, Sylvia (2007). Undressing Emmanuelle: A Memoir. London: Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-0-00-725695-2. 
  9. ^ Corry, John (August 30, 1981). "Private Lessons (1980) RISQUE COMEDY, 'PRIVATE LESSONS'". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ 1981 Yearly Box Office Results. Box Office Mojo.
  11. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (2007-07-21). "Sylvia bares her soul". The Guardian. 
  12. ^ Ross, Deborah (2007-06-30). "Interview: Sylvia Kristel, the world's most famous porn star – Features, Film & TV – Independent.co.uk". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 2011-11-20. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  13. ^ Syvlia bears her soul by Carole Cadwalladr The Guardian review 22 July 2007
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yzgMIaXhac
  15. ^ Donaldson, Brian (30 June 2007). "No regrets". The Herald. 
  16. ^ "Emmanuelle star Sylvia Kristel suffers stroke". Express.co.uk. 
  17. ^ "Emmanuelle star Sylvia Kristel dies" Irish Times. 18 October 2012.

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