Porn Icon Marilyn Chambers Dead at 56

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Marilyn Chambers, the woman who blazed a trail into porn for Ivory Soap models around the world (and later had a far less influential impact breaking into "legit" films), was found dead Sunday at her Los Angeles home. She was 56.

Adult Video News broke the bad news this morning in a mildly NSFW dispatch, reporting that Chambers's discovered her body in the "mobile home where she had been living for the past several months." Eulogies popping up around the Web remind readers of the back story that informed much of Chambers's legend: hired as a spokesmodel for Ivory Snow, fired after appearing in the blockbuster porn epic Behind the Green Door, achieving superstardom and an eventual shot at mainstream glory in David Cronenberg's early horror flick Rabid. Fun fact: She was reportedly the only woman who could fully deep-throat John Holmes.

Alas, such talents never settled totally well with Hollywood, and Chambers returned to adult films full-time in the '80s. Another, shorter-lived comeback (this time both in front of and behind the camera) followed in 1998, reclaiming little of her '70s-era prestige. But as the belle of her day -- the "99-and-44/100%-pure girl," as her Green Door producers pitched her -- she was a marvel. Moment of silence, folks.

· Marilyn Chambers, Legendary Adult Actress, Dead at 57 [AVN]



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