- Associated Press - Friday, February 4, 2011

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Actress Lena Nyman, who starred in sexually explicit movies that defined Swedish cinema in the 1960s, has died. She was 66.

Nyman’s manager Mats Nilemar says she died peacefully in a Stockholm hospital early Friday after a long illness.

Nyman starred in more than 50 Swedish films and plays. She won international fame mainly as the lead character in “I Am Curious _ Yellow,” a 1967 film that was banned in the U.S. for two years, and its sequel, “I Am Curious _ Blue.”

Directed by Vilgot Sjoman, the movies combined social criticism with frank depictions of nudity and sex, contributing to the Sweden’s image in the ‘60s as sexually liberated.

Nyman also starred in Ingmar Bergman’s “Autumn Sonata.”