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Marilyn Chambers

Marilyn ChambersAKA Marilyn Ann Briggs

Born: 22-Apr-1952
Birthplace: Providence, RI
Died: 12-Apr-2009
Location of death: Canyon Country, CA
Cause of death: Cerebral Hemorrhage
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered off Malibu, California)

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual
Occupation: Pornstar

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Behind the Green Door

Born in Providence and raised in Westport, Marilyn Briggs was an aspiring actress who managed to appear in The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) and a low-budget exploitive mockumentary, Together (1971), before she had the misfortune of being noticed by the Mitchell Brothers. Artie and Jim Mitchell were casting for an upcoming film, though when Briggs arrived she had no idea it was pornographic. The Mitchells were not terribly interested in her until she mentioned that she was the model for Ivory Soap, "99 and 44/100ths percent pure." With a payment of $25,000 and a percent of the take, an unheard-of fee for any blue film, Behind the Green Door starred "Marilyn Chambers" in a nonspeaking role, abducted and brought to a private club, where in front of an audience she is poked and prodded by anyone who is interested. Much publicity surrounded the release of the film, which brought the first interracial sex act to appear on the big screen. The initial budget of $60,000 parlayed into $1M theatrical gross, and tens of millions earned in subsequent years. It earned such notoriety that any hope that Chambers had of crossing over into mainstream films was lost. Afterwards, she appeared in a few pornographic films, including Insatiable in 1980, though more frequently in R-rated erotic thrillers. For her service to the city of San Francisco, whatever that might have been, Mayor Willie Brown proclaimed 28 July 1999 as "Marilyn Chambers Day." She died in 2009 from a cerebral hemorrhage, at her home in Santa Clarita.

Brother: Bill Briggs
Sister: Jann Smith
Husband: Doug (div.)
Husband: Chuck Traynor (m. 1975, div. 1985)
Husband: Tom Taylor (div. 1994, one child)
Daughter: McKenna Marie Taylor (b. 13-May-1991)
Slept with: Juli Ashton
Slept with: Jerry Butler
Slept with: Tom Byron
Slept with: Christy Canyon
Slept with: Veronica Hart
Slept with: John Holmes
Slept with: Peter North
Slept with: Harry Reems
Slept with: Herschel Savage

    High School: Staples High School, Westport, CT

    AVN Awards Hall of Fame
    Lewd Conduct O'Farrell Theater, San Francisco, CA (1-Feb-1985)
    Prostitution O'Farrell Theater, San Francisco, CA (1-Feb-1985)
    Endorsement of Procter & Gamble Ivory Snow soap (1971)
    Risk Factors: Cocaine, Alcoholism

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Porndogs (12-Sep-2009) [VOICE]
    Bikini Bistro (1995) · Herself
    Angel of H.E.A.T. (1983)
    Insatiable (24-Sep-1980)
    Rabid (8-Apr-1977)
    Behind the Green Door (Aug-1972)
    The Owl and the Pussycat (3-Nov-1970)

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