Sylvia Kristel World’s First Adult Actress Found Dead [PHOTOS]

Arguably the world’s first porn star Sylvia Kristel was unfortunately found dead this morning after a battle with cancer. While skin flicks had been made well before the Dutch actress got into the business, her movie Emmanuelle was really one of the first to be shown in mainstream theatres. That’s why people refer to her as the first porn ‘star’.

Even Roger Ebert was a fan of hers, “What makes the film work is the performance of Sylvia Kristel… [who] projects a certain vulnerability that makes several of the scenes work… The performers in most skin flicks seem so impervious to ordinary mortal failings, so blase in the face of the most outrageous sexual invention, that finally they just become cartoon characters. Kristel actually seems to be present in the film, and as absorbed in its revelations as we are.”

Sylvia died with over 60 titles on her resume. Interestingly enough, I never knew that I had seen her work before I started this obit.

She’ll be missed.


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