Former model and porn star Marilyn Chambers was found in her Canyon Country home dead on Sunday night. The actress was 56.
Chambers was a former Ivory Snow model. Chamber’s daughter found her mother’s body at the family home. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Chambers started her porn career in 1972. Chambers is best known for her roles in “Deep Throat” which is worked with Linda Lovelace and her breakout movie “Behind the Green Door”. Her films had actual acting in them instead of the porn norm of the day.
Chambers was barely struggling to make ends meet as an exotic dancer in San Francisco when she answered an ad from the paper seeking actresses for a ‘major’ motion picture. She went and filled out an application before finding out that the movie was pornographic.
The LA Times reports:
“I thought I’d take a shot,” she explained in a 1977 interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I was intrigued by the story. I really liked the fantasy involved. And I figured it might be my last chance at something really big.”
Her modeling career came to an abrupt end when her first movie “Behind the Green Door” was revealed to have the Ivory Snow model, whose products were touted to be “99 44/100% pure” showing all of her assets.
“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.”
Chambers still acted. Her last appearance was in Victor Franko’s low-budget independent movie “Solitaire.” The PG-rated film has yet to be released.
Ms. Chambers is survived by her daughter, McKenna Marie Taylor, her brother Bill Briggs and sister Jann Smith.
The cause of Chambers death has not been revealed but the police say that foul play was not suspected. An autopsy is pending.