Poor Sylvia Kristel has passed on, done in by esophageal and lung cancer. I spoke with her a little bit during the making of a minor, very dull 1988 Cannon film called The Arrogant, which I wrote the press notes for. She was 35 or 36 when it was filmed, and even then she was past her Emmanuelle aura by a decade or so. Emmanuelle was the Fifty Shades of Grey of the early to mid ’70s.

What does an international object of erotic fixation do when he/she gets older? Hang on, keep smiling, play it classy, stay in shape. I’m thinking of all these Rolling Stones song titles that apply to her life — “It’s Not Easy,” “I Am Waiting,” “She Was Hot,” etc. Condolences to friends, fans, family.