Af­ter the tragic death of

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JON LIVESEY

THE world lost a leg­end last week

when Em­manuelle star Sylvia Kris­tel passed away.

Dutch ac­tress Sylvia – who starred in five of the soft­core adult films be­tween 1974 and 1993 and six TV spin-offs – died in an Am­s­ter­dam hospi­tal, aged 60, af­ter a ten-year bat­tle with can­cer.

The iconic, French-made erotic movies are famed for bring­ing soft porn to main­stream cinema.

And sexy Sylvia is cred­ited with help­ing spark a whole new era of un­in­hib­ited plea­sure, when X-rated flicks weren’t rel­e­gated to the top shelf but pro­jected on the big screen.

As we cel­e­brate the ground-break­ing con­tri­bu­tion Sylvia made to movie in­dus­try, we also toast some of the other babes who helped make the 70s the Golden Age of Sex.


Mamma Mia – in the 70s you could take your mis­sus to the flicks to watch a XXX film!

It was a mag­i­cal time that saw cou­ples flock­ing to the pic­tures to watch smok­ing hot ac­tresses like Mar­i­lyn Cham­bers, Linda Lovelace, Bambi Woods and Mary Milling­ton romp­ing on-screen.

Sylvia Kris­tel be­came a global star af­ter star­ring in the Em­manuelle films, about a horny and frus­trated house­wife of a French diplo­mat.

The orig­i­nal 1974 movie was purely soft­core, mean­ing it was re­stricted to erotic scenes, where the cam­era cut away just be­fore the cru­cial mo­ment of pen­e­tra­tion.

De­scrib­ing how she won the au­di­tion for the role Sylvia said: “He (the pro­ducer, Yves Rous­set-Rouard) asked me to take my dress off – luck­ily it was an easy dress to take off.

“It had spaghetti straps which I slipped over my shoul­ders and it just fell off.

“I car­ried on talk­ing and smok­ing in the nude. I was not in­hib­ited at all. I’d done nude mod­el­ling and he thought I was very grace­ful.”

But there were plenty of other XXX-rated skin­flicks on of­fer in those days, too.

For the first time, movie-go­ers had easy ac­cess to im­ages that in­cluded deep throat ac­tion and mass or­gies shown on the big screen at their lo­cal pic­ture house.

It made overnight stars of the ac­tresses and al­lowed adult moviemak­ers ac­cess to the sort of money usu­ally only af­forded to main­stream re­leases fea­tur­ing house­hold names.


boom be­gan in 1972 when blonde babe Mar­i­lyn Cham­bers went to au­di­tion as an erotic dancer for am­a­teur porn-mak­ers Jim and Ar­tie Mitchell in San Fran­cisco.

The broth­ers liked Mar­i­lyn’s fresh­faced in­no­cence and her re­sem­blance to pretty Taxi Driver star Cy­bill Shep­herd so much that they cast her as the lead in what was to be­come one of the most suc­cess­ful movies of all time – Be­hind The Green Door.

The XXX film, which had an un­prece­dented bud­get of £30,000 and a proper screen­writer, be­came a box-of­fice sen­sa­tion, gross­ing £35m to date.

It opens with Mar­i­lyn be­ing taken to a sex the­atre where she per­forms a va­ri­ety of sex­ual acts with mul­ti­ple part­ners in front of a masked au­di­ence.

The gor­geous ac­tress, who died in 2009, re­ceived the high­est sum ever paid to a porn star – £15,000 plus one per cent of earn­ings – for the steamy flick.




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