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Kristel was honored in 2006 with a special jury prize at the Tribeca Film Festival for a short animated film she directed called “Topor et Moi,” the title a reference to the French illustrator and filmmaker Roland Topor.

Jaeckin, the director who is also a sculptor and has a gallery in Paris, said by telephone that he and Kristel had maintained contact, calling each other every three to four months. But he said he hadn’t spoken with her since February.

“I am very sad … She was like a little sister,” Jaeckin said.

“We started together … `Emmanuelle’ brought us big problems. We were a bit marked,” he said. “It was a highly controversial film then and now it is a cult film.”

Kristel said she never regretted making the film, but was surprised how it shaped others’ perceptions of her.

“People don’t assume John Wayne shoots people and rides a horse on weekends,” she told a Dutch interviewer. “People think I’m a nymphomaniac.”

Kristel is survived by her partner Peter Brul and her son with Claus, Arthur Kristel. She will be buried at a private funeral.

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Associated Press writer Elaine Ganley in Paris, France, contributed.