'Emannuelle' star Kristel in hospital after stroke

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, 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 Minday.

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

She said Kristel had the stroke some three weeks ago after an apparently successful treatment for throat cancer. She was also said to have begun treatment for liver cancer, but this has been put off.

Kristel became famous with her first movie, "Emmanuelle" (1974) about the erotic adventures of a young woman in Asia. A worldwide success, the movie was screened in a cinema in Champs-Elysees, Paris for 13 years.

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

BATTLING HEALTH CRISES. An older Kristel in an interview three years ago. Screen grab from YouTube

BATTLING HEALTH CRISES. An older Kristel in an interview three years ago.

Screen grab from YouTube

Kristel is also the star of the movie version of the erotic novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover. - Agence France-Presse


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