The pretty wholesome-looking Ivory Snow soap girl turned hard-core adult movie star, Marilyn Chambers, has died at 56. Chambers’ daughter found her body Sunday evening. Read more on the interesting life and death of Marilyn Chambers below.
Marilyn Chamber’s body was found by her 17-year-old daughter Sunday night. Chambers was pronounced dead at the scene, and no cause of death has been released yet.
Marily Chambers along with Linda Lovelace and Georgina Spelvin rose to fame in the early 1970s when both when hard-core sex films were changing.
Movies like “Behind the Green Door” and “Deep Throat” (also released in 1972 and starring Lovelace) had decent acting and actual plots.
Marilyn Chambers, an attractive young woman had begun her career as a legitimate actress and model.
The public soon discovered that this porn actress was the same young blonde smiling and holding a freshly diapered baby on boxes of Ivory Soap. The manufacturer replaced her, but it was later discovered that she also had a small role in the 1970 Barbra Streisand film “The Owl and the Pussycat.”
“She was the first crossover adult star. She was the Ivory Snow girl and when she decided to make an adult movie that was big news,” Steven Hirsch, co-CEO of adult filmmaker Vivid Entertainment Group, told The Associated Press on Monday.
“It was the first adult movie that was more than just a bunch of sex scenes,” Hirsch said of her breakthrough film. “She was an actress and she brought that ability to the set of ‘Behind the Green Door.’ That’s part of what made that movie so successful.”
In 2000, Marilyn Chambers tried to explain what caused her to choose being an adult film star after “The Owl and the Pussycat” and her modeling work.
“Back then in my naive brain I was thinking that something like ‘Behind the Green Door’ had never been done before and the way our sexual revolution was traveling I really thought it was going to be a stepping stone which would further my acting career,” she said.
But she found out, that wasn’t actually true.
“There will always be a stigma on people who do adult films,” she said. “It’s unfortunate that that’s the way society has made it.”
She followed “Green Door” with the hard-core films “Resurrection of Eve,” in 1973 and “Inside Marilyn Chambers” in 1975.
In 1976 Chambers decided to give up adult films to pursue other acting jobs. She starred in the 1977 horror movie “Rabid” and to put together a song-and-dance show that played Las Vegas and elsewhere.
But Chambers returned to making adult films in 1980 in “Insatiable” and during the rest of her career she went back and forth between explicit movies and R-rated ones.
Hirsch noted that one of the most striking things about Chambers’ career was its longevity in a business where stars quickly fade. She still has a photo gallery on the Web site Adult Video News and the Internet Movie Database credits her as recently completing a film called, “Porndogs: The Adventures of Sadie” with Ron Jeremy.
Marilyn Chambers made no apologies for her work as an adult movie star.
“I have to say that the adult films have been a total pleasure,” she said. “They were like getting paid to live out my greatest fantasies. The rest of the stuff … sometimes got to be a real grind.”
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