I used to work at an adult bookstore a few years back.Believe it or not,I had to learn a lot about the products we were selling.You had to do more then just stand there & look sexy. So,I gained a lot of knowledge about adult film stars,among other things.Marilyn Chambers was one of those porn actresses.
She looked as pure as Ivory Snow.But,she proved that she was far from it.Ms. Chambers showed the world how much she identified with the wholesome image on the Ivory Snow detergent box by starring in a porn movie.
Although the movie became an adult classic,Marilyn Chambers decision to have two opposing public images sparked a controversy that resulted in boxes of Ivory Snow being yanked from store shelves.
And the public’s image of her as a porn actress left Marilyn Chambers feeling stigmatized until her death on April 14. Here’s more on that from the Chicago Tribune:
“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.
“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.”
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.”
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, R.I., and grew up in Westport, Conn. 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.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.
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