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LOS ANGELES, California -- Porn Icon Marilyn Chambers was found dead in her Los Angeles home Sunday, April 12, but investigators do not suspect foul play, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman. A family member found Chambers in the mobile home where she lived in the Canyon Country area and called police, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitemore said. She was 56.

The death appeared to be from natural causes, although toxicology tests have not been completed, Whitemore said. The coroner's investigation has not been completed, and no cause of death has been determined, according to a spokesman with the Los Angeles Medical Examiner's office.

The daughter of an advertising executive and a nurse, Chambers was born Marilyn Ann Briggs on April 22, 1952 in Providence, Rhode Island. She began acting and modeling in her teens, moving to California in the hope of breaking into movies. Using the name Evelyn Lang, she appeared in a small, supporting role in the 1970 Barbra Streisand comedy film, "The Owl and the Pussycat."

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Marilyn Chambers on the set of her pay TV sexually-explicit series

Chambers claimed to know nothing about "Behind the Green Door" when she responded to an advertisement for cast. The revelation that it was hard-core pornography did not put her off. "I was intrigued by the story," she said. She plays a woman who is kidnapped, taken to a theatre and forced to perform various acts for the entertainment of a masked audience.

She reputedly insisted that her co-stars be checked for disease and that she get a share of the profits, which were huge. The Ivory Snow controversy clearly fuelled interest. The fact that one of her partners was African-American also prompted comment and debate and somehow managed to promote the film

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Porn Icon Marilyn Chambers

by Dennis McLellan

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LOS ANGELES, California -- Marilyn Chambers, the legendary adult movie queen who was the wholesome model on Ivory Snow detergent boxes in the early 1970s when she made her adult movie debut in the X-rated classic "Behind the Green Door," died on Sunday, April 12. She was 56.

Chambers was found unconscious Sunday evening at her home in Canyon Country, said Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter. The cause of death is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected and an autopsy is pending.

Throughout the '70s and '80s, Chambers was one of the biggest names in the porn industry, ranked by Playboy magazine as one of the top 100 sex stars of the 20th century and named one of the top 10 adult film stars of all time by Adult Video News.

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Marilyn Chambers signs autographs at a 1977 record

sales conference at L.A.'s Century Plaza Hotel

"She certainly was one of the first famous porn stars," said Mark Kernes, senior editor of Adult Video News. "In her day, there was really Linda Lovelace, obviously for 'Deep Throat,' and Marilyn Chambers," he said.

Chambers' "Behind the Green Door," Kernes said, "was made all the more exotic, I think, for some people because she had been on that Ivory Snow box. So here's the Ivory Snow beauty queen having hard-core interracial sex."

A fledgling actress, Chambers was living in San Francisco and making ends meet working as an exotic dancer when she saw a newspaper ad seeking actresses for what was described as a "major" motion picture.

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Marilyn Chambers signs copies of her disco

record, titled 'Benihana'

It wasn't until she filled out an application that she discovered the movie was pornographic. The producers -- Jim and Artie Mitchell -- offered her the starring role. "I thought I'd take a shot," she explained in a 1977 Los Angeles Times interview. "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."

Chambers had some conditions, however: She insisted that all the actors be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, and she demanded a percentage of the movie's gross receipts. The low-budget "Behind the Green Door" became one of the biggest adult movie hits of the '70s, having received an unexpected publicity boost shortly after it was released in 1972.

Procter & Gamble, unaware of Chambers' role in the X-rated film, used one of her photos that had been taken during her New York modeling days on its laundry detergent box -- she's shown cuddling a laughing baby.

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After gaining notoriety for her porn career,

Marilyn Chambers appeared in a song-and-

dance act in Passaic, New Jersey

"Timing is essential for someone's career," Chambers said in a 2007 interview with Rhode Island's Providence Journal. "That's what did it for me. The controversy of both those things happening at the same time," she said.

Procter & Gamble, whose Ivory products were "99 44/100% pure," quickly pulled the boxes from store shelves. "The media attention of the whole controversy was insane," Chambers said in a 2003 interview with the Philadelphia Daily News. "This was the first time attention was being paid to erotic films."

Out of that, she said in a 2004 interview with the Montreal newspaper, The Gazette, "came a Marilyn Chambers clause in all modeling contracts, saying that you can never have posed topless or nude or been in any kind of adult film or Playboy or anything like that."

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Marilyn Chambers in a scene from the 1977 movie, 'Rabid'

Chambers followed up "Behind the Green Door" with another hit produced by the Mitchell brothers, "Resurrection of Eve." And in 1975, Artie Mitchell produced a semi-documentary, "Inside Marilyn Chambers."

Chambers reportedly longed for mainstream movie stardom, and she starred in director David Cronenberg's R-rated 1977 horror movie, "Rabid." But by 1980, after appearing in a cabaret act as a singer and dancer and cutting a disco-flavored record, she returned to adult films, including "Insatiable" and the film series, "Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies."

". . . I would have loved to move on," she said in a 2004 interview. "I've been stigmatized, and it's something that's very difficult to get out of." Chambers stopped making hard-core movies in the mid-'80s, but returned again in the late '90s with "Still Insatiable," Kernes said. "In between," he said, "she was doing soft-core late-night cable movies."

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Marilyn Chambers, (left), poses with Tracy

Hutson, (right), the actress who played her

in the Showtime film, 'Rated X'

Her last screen appearance was in filmmaker Victor Franko's low-budget independent movie, "Solitaire," which was filmed in Rhode Island in 2007. In the PG-rated film, which has yet to be released, she plays a Providence police officer in pursuit of a group of teenage petty thieves.

Chambers was born Marilyn Ann Briggs on April 22, 1952, in Providence, Rhode Island, and grew up in Westport, Connecticut. She became interested in acting as a teenager and began working as a model, appearing in print ads for Clairol shampoo and other products.

After retiring from adult films, Chambers remained a popular draw at memorabilia and autograph shows. Chambers was married and divorced three times, including a marriage to Chuck Traynor, who had previously been married to Lovelace.

Chambers had a daughter, McKenna, from her marriage to Tom Taylor. A complete list of surviving family members was not immediately available.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A friend of adult film star Marilyn Chambers says the actress has been found dead at her home in northern Los Angeles County.

Peggy McGinn says the 56-year-old Chambers was found by her 17-year-old daughter Sunday night and the cause of death has not been determined.

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"Marilyn Chambers is really quite skilled.

I tried her act and I almost got killed.

I couldn't master what she does ease.

It's hard on the throat, not to mention the knees

And I kept fallin' off... off the trapeze."

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Nice poetry :animated_rotfl:

I had NO idea that she was also the Ivory Snow girl. Wow - what a contrast.

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rip i never got to see her work :D

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I'm sure it's still available on DVD somewhere.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A friend of adult film star Marilyn Chambers says the actress has been found dead at her home in northern Los Angeles County.

the cause of death has not been determined.

I'm thinking that whatever was behind the Green Door, caused her death...

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Does anyone remember the names of Marilyn Chambers female co stars that were here sex slaves in films. On ended beining a stripper  doing shows in Canada and the USA 

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