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Emmanuelle Arsan

'Emmanuelle Arsan' (her pen name, originally Marayat Bibidh) was a Thai writer, actor, and director, best known for her novel "Emmanuelle: Joys of a Woman" which happened at the right place and the right time of women's sexual liberation. It gave birth to a genre of film with the French series "Emmanuelle" starring Sylvia Kristel and many other Italian knockoffs starring Arsan lookalike Laura Gemser. Despite her very limited experience with the film industry (having a small but important role in The Sand Pebbles with Steve McQueen), Arsan decided to ride the wave and attempt to write and star in her own erotic fantasy film "Forever Emmanuelle" in the late 1970's with a largely Italian cast and crew. Producer Ovidio G. Assonitis had a major falling out with the film's two directors Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane and Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli, which led to the film being credited to have been "Directed by: Anonymous". This in turn caused speculation that Arsan herself had directed the film.

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Jan 19, 1932 In Bangkok, Thailand
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Big Valley 1965-09-15
Latest Project:
Movie Forever Emmanuelle 1976-02-04
Known For
Poster of Forever Emmanuelle
Poster of The Sand Pebbles
Poster of The Big Valley
Movie Forever Emmanuelle Myrte 1976-02-04
Movie The Sand Pebbles Maily 1966-12-20
Series The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15