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Aliases: Marilyn Briggs
Born: April 22, 1952 (Died 4/12/09)
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
Height: 5 ft. 7in.
Weight: 135 lbs.
Ms. Marilyn Chambers, given name Marilyn Briggs, was central to the erotic empire built by the late Mitchell brothers - Jim and Artie - at their Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre, now in its 40th year.
Ten years ago, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown proclaimed a "Marilyn Chambers Day," praising the porn queen for her "artistic presence," her "vision" and her "energy."
"That wasn't from any personal knowledge. That was all part of the allure of San Francisco," Brown said Monday. "At the time that she was doing what she was doing, it created an interest nationally if not internationally in our city. And people would come here to see if Marilyn Chambers was really dressed in snowflakes."
"She was a pioneer, and an amazingly secure woman. I admired her for being at the forefront of an industry that was so taboo when she started," said Jenna Jameson, currently one of the industry's biggest stars.
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, the porn star who fearlessly tackled lesbian and interracial sex scenes back in the early seventies Chambers - along with Kay Parker - was one of porn's preeminent actresses during the "Golden Age of Porn," first gaining a name for herself in the racially-charged classic "Behind the Green Door."
Cut on a $60,000 budget, the film made $25 million worldwide.
Chambers was known for her suburban looks and the ravenous delight with which she let men (and women) do pretty much anything they wanted to her.
"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."
Paid to 'live out my greatest fantasies'
In an online chat with AdultDVDtalk.com in 2000, Chambers attempted to explain what caused her to take such a radically different career path 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.
She learned afterward, she said, that wasn't the case.
Chambers' death was a "total shock," [fellow adult star Ron Jeremy] said, because they had been scheduled to sign a contract Monday to perform together in an off-Broadway "tongue-in-cheek" re-enactment of the porn classic "Deep Throat." "What's strange is that she was at a stage where she was totally happy and totally content with her life," Jeremy said. "Her life was falling together, and she was doing really well."
To Marilyn Chambers, liberty was about a lot more than politics. She did everything with a revolutionary, libertarian attitude. (I am sure the fans of her films would emphasize that word 'everything.') She exemplifies a complete libertarian, and she will be missed by many in our party and the international libertarian movement.
She was an ambassador from the porn community to all peoples.
Interracial porn pioneer Marilyn Chambers dead at 56 (12 April 2009) 19:00 PDT in Los Angeles.
WE WILL MISS FOREVER.
From Official Website:
Longtime Legend in the world known as Hardcore film, Marilyn Chambers needs little introduction. Born in the Wesport community of Coastal Connecticut, as Marilyn Ann Briggs into a blue collar family the youngest of three children. Both parents were working as she grew up her father worked in advertising and her mother was a nurse. Early on her father tried diligently to discourage her from chasing a career in modeling due to the cruel competitive nature and relentless disappointments. Marilyn proved courageously ambitious and quickly landed a modeling set and a few more gigs spawned soon after.
Soon she was on to performing as she placed a small role in the film ?The Owl and the Pussycat? crediting her role under the name ?Evelyn Lang?. Her parents still not real supportive of her undertakings, motivated her to change her zip code to a sunny Los Angeles one. A bit of time went by and only landing a small low budget entry into film ?Together? in which she appeared fully nude.
Down but not out She chanced another change moving to San Francisco to take on several venues in the gentlemen?s clubs of the areas working both topless and full nude and strutting her fine goods.
While working in the nightlife Chambers happened to see an advertisement for a casting call, and rushed to the audition only to find out that it was for a porno film. She was about to leave when the Mitchell brothers stopped her, because of her resemblance to Cybill Shepherd, and feeling that a wholesome blond actress was needed for their film. (At this point, they did not realize that she was the "cover girl" on the Ivory Snow soap box. She posed as the woman holding the baby. According to some urban legends, Chambers was the baby. This is false, as is the claim that the baby was Brooke Shields). The product's manufacturer, Procter & Gamble quickly dropped her after discovering her double life as an adult film actress. Chambers, who was initially ambivalent about starring in Behind the Green Door, asked the Mitchell brothers, Artie and Jim, for a $25,000 salary and a percentage of the gross, never expecting that they would agree. After filming concluded, she dropped the Ivory Snow bombshell, which resulted in her being billed as the "99 and 44/100% pure" girl.
In the film, Chambers had sex with the well-endowed African-American actor Johnny Keyes. She also fainted at the end of one scene lasting over 45 minutes. The porno industry and viewing public were shocked by the then-taboo spectacle of a white woman having sex with a black man. (Chambers' parents refused to talk to her for several years after the film's release, but eventually reconciled with her). In subsequent porno films with John Holmes, who was noted for his extremely large penis, Chambers "talk[ed] dirty" to him off-camera to give him an erection, and she was supposedly one of the few actresses that could fully deepthroat John Holmes' penis . Eventually, mainstream films noticed Chambers, who in 1977, nabbed a major role in David Cronenberg's low-budget Canadian-made Rabid. However, her adult film career made Hollywood studios nervous, and hence she was unable to transition to mainstream films.
She was noted for her enthusiastic performances of deep throat, anal, lesbian, interracial, extreme bukkake, and double or triple penetration scenes. She was one of the first female stars to shave her pubic hair, a practice now routine for porn actresses. Chambers continues to appear in porn films for such companies as Naughty America and MILF Hunter. Later in her career, she had a series of breast augmentations raising her from a B-cup to at least a D. She is reputedly one of the first porn actresses to have her genitals pierced.
Her first marriage ended after the release of Behind the Green Door. During her 1975-1985 marriage to porn producer/director/manager Chuck Traynor, Chambers continued in both mainstream and porn films. After that marriage ended, Chambers married her third husband, truckdriver Tom Taylor. She gave birth to their daughter, McKenna Marie Taylor, in 1991, before that marriage also ended in divorce. Chambers has admitted to writer John Hubner and other interviewers that she has had many a challenges over the years.
In recent years, Chambers has appeared primarily in independent films, claiming that their more laidback pace suits her as "there's a lot less pressure on you to perform (and) you don't have to be young and skinny."
Best known for her ground-breaking performances in 'Behind the Green Door' , Porn Star Marilyn Chambers sparked a revolution in the adult entertainment industry. Before Marilyn Chambers there were two kinds of women: the good girls who stayed home, raised kids and baked bread; and the naughty girls, who went to bars, had sex and performed in porn flicks. Marilyn Chambers blurred the line between the two.
Marilyn Chambers was every man's fantasy: The pretty young woman who looked as if she belonged in the church choir, but who, behind closed doors, showed a voracious appetite for everything hard, wet and penetrating. In many ways, she was the very personification of the sexual revolution.
An interview with porn star Marilyn Chambers led to an unlikely friendship
My career started in porn.
No, wait, let me rephrase that.
Porn gave me my start in show business.
That's not right, either.
The truth is that the late adult film star Marilyn Chambers was my first celebrity interview. The porn pioneer died last week at 56. Her body was discovered by her 17-year-old daughter in their Canyon Country home. News of her death reminded me of that interview so long ago.
It was Marilyn who started me on this path, and she got me off to a promising start.
"Do you want to do this interview in the nude or with clothes?" her then-husband and manager asked me on the phone the day before the interview.
I panicked. I thought he meant that I would have to be naked, so I immediately opted for the latter.
It turns out that, as a gimmick, she had appeared sans clothes for several radio interviews during her national book tour.
When we met, she thanked me for not forcing her to be naked, a promotional stunt I suspected was concocted by her husband, whom she later divorced.
On my way to the interview in a quaint Beverly Hills hotel, I was nervous, partially because it was my first celebrity interview, but also because of Marilyn's growing notoriety.
It must be hard to imagine now, but she was quite famous in her prime, and I'm not just talking about porn fame.
She was the first attractive face put on an often ugly industry.
After the world learned that she was the model on the Ivory Soap boxes in your neighborhood supermarkets, there was a lot of curiosity about her. Although Linda Lovelace of "Deep Throat" fame was just as well-known, it was Marilyn's beautiful face and blond hair that intrigued people. She was as responsible as anyone for bringing a measure of mainstream respectability to the porn business, and she made it acceptable for couples to rent a XXX video.
On the elevator ride up to her hotel suite, my entire sex life flashed before my eyes.
The really sad part was that she was staying on the third floor. I was a young reporter and didn't have much of a sex life to flash by, I guess.
She answered the door in a sheer blouse with nothing underneath. I suppose that this is what she meant by an interview with clothes.
Marilyn really spoiled me as a celebrity interviewer.
First, I assumed that all my interviews would be this provocative. They weren't.
Second, she not only was a receptive and lively subject, but we actually struck up a friendship that lasted a couple of years.
We discovered a common interest in kidney stones. Did you expect something a bit more salacious?
We both had suffered from stones in the previous year, and we laughed as we compared war stories. At the end of the interview, we exchanged telephone numbers, and we did speak on occasion.
I'll never forget getting those messages from my wife.
"Hi, honey, how was your day at work? Oh, Marilyn Chambers called for you."
Our telephone conversations were pretty ordinary, but every once in a while she would dish on some of the biggest names in the porn industry.
Years later, after a screening of the Mark Wahlberg film "Boogie Nights," I casually mentioned to the friends who had accompanied me some behind-the-scenes gossip about the movie's subject, the late porn star John Holmes. The friends laughed, and then said incredulously: "How could you possibly know something like that?"
My wife turned around in the car, rolled her eyes, and said: "Marilyn Chambers told him. They're best buddies."
Those friends never again doubted anything I ever said about Hollywood.
Marilyn broke big with the 1972 porn classic "Behind the Green Door," and later starred in "Resurrection of Eve" and "Insatiable." She dropped out of the porn industry for years, and then made a comeback. But she also appeared in a number of mainstream movies (Barbra Streisand's "The Owl and the Pussycat," to name just one), and is considered porn's first crossover star. She once was quoted as saying she had appeared in more R-rated movies than X-rated movies, although few people knew that.
We lost touch after a couple of years, for no reason other than we simply lost touch. Apparently, she married and divorced two more times, but reportedly was happy.
I was saddened to hear of her death. I always thought fondly of the actress.
Whenever I am faced with an uncooperative or surly celebrity, I remember how gentle Marilyn was with a novice interviewer.
I also never forgot that question: "Do you want to do this interview in the nude or with clothes?" I keep waiting for someone else to ask.
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Marilyn Chambers Private Fantasies1
Description:With considerable pride, creative image presents an adult video series that is destined to become legend, Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies #1. Marilyn Chambers, the all time number one box office star, has put these original, never seen before tapes together! Based on her own personal real-life fantasies, she has choreographed the action so as to realistically capture her innermost sexual feelings Marilyn also provides her own narration with scenes involving her intimate friends. Highlights of this tape include Marilyn Chambers paired with John Holmes, and you can watch her deep throat his huge dick. Then she performs in a three girl fantasy set in a bowling alley that must be seen to be believed. Each tape has four different fantasies of superb sexuality! Featuring the star selected by critics and filmgoers as the singlemost sensual performer in Adult Cinema. Now you can be a witness to Marilyn Chambers' actual private fantasies. Runtime: 67 minutes
Stars: Marilyn Chambers, John Holmes, Director:Marilyn Chambers
Marilyn Chambers Private Fantasies4
Description:Who's got the action? Marilyn Chambers does, of course! In this fourth edition of specially selected Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies, Marilyn really lets her scandalous imagination run wild! In the Win A Date scene, Harry Reems plays a timid contest winner with tantalizing Marilyn as the willing to please prize. Then Marilyn goes for the gold at the Freestyle Sex Olympics! In Babysitter marilyn remembers how she and a gal pal were babysitting and showed her boss that sleeping on the job can be a good thing. In the final scene Sex Therapist, an inhibited young couple seek Marilyn's hands on expertise in a hot therapy session! Runtime: 79 minutes
Starring: Marilyn Chambers,Harry Reems, Director: Marilyn Chambers
Marilyn Chambers Complete Filmography:|
Behind the Green Door 1 Mitchell Brothers 1972
Resurrection of Eve Mitchell Brothers 1973
Underground Tonight Show Unknown 1974
Inside Marilyn Chambers Mitchell Brothers 1975
Beyond DeSade Mitchell Brothers 1979
Never a Tender Moment Mitchell Brothers 1979
Insatiable 1 Caballero Home Video 1980
Charli VCX 1981
Up 'n Coming Caballero Home Video 1982
Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies 1 Caballero Home Video 1983
Collection 8 Caballero Home Video 1984
Insatiable 2 Caballero Home Video 1984
Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies 2 Caballero Home Video 1984
Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies 3 Caballero Home Video 1984
First Annual XRCO Adult Film Awards AVC 1985
Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies 4 Caballero Home Video 1985
Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies 5 Caballero Home Video 1985
Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies 6 Caballero Home Video 1986
Legends Of Porn 1 Metro 1987
Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies 5 (new) Caballero Home Video 1987
Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies 6 (new) Caballero Home Video 1987
Legends Of Porn 2 Metro 1989
Blue Vanities 90 Blue Vanities 1993
Marathon Fat Dog 1995
Still Insatiable VCA 1998
Top 25 Adult Stars Of All Time VCA 1999
Adult Video News Awards 2000 VCA 2000
Dark Chambers VCA 2000
Older Women Hotter Sex VCA 2000
Edge Play VCA 2001
Fluffy Cumsalot, Porn Star United Nathan 2002
Swedish Erotica 4Hr 12 Caballero Classics 2003
Marilyn Chambers Guide To Dirty Dancing Devil's Film 2006
Nantucket Housewives Damaged Productions 2006
Marilyn Chambers Guide To Anal Sex Devil's Film 2007
Marilyn Chambers Guide To Masturbation Devil's Film 2007
Marilyn Chambers Guide To Oral Sex Devil's Film 2007