Marilyn Chambers

Marilyn Chambers (April 22, 1952 – April 12, 2009) was an American pornographic actress, exotic dancer, model, actress and vice-presidential candidate. She was best known for her 1972 hardcore film debut Behind the Green Door and her 1980 pornographic film Insatiable. She was voted #6 on the list of Top 50 Porn Stars of All Time by AVN, and ranked as one of Playboy's Top 100 Sex Stars of the Century in 1999. Although she was primarily known for her adult film work, she made a successful transition to mainstream projects. She has been called "porn's most famous crossover
Although her parents were very much against it, at the age of 14 the independent Marilyn was out pounding the streets of New York, knocking on the doors of all the modeling agencies in town. With a wholesome beauty and unstoppable drive, she was soon getting plenty of work, including shoots for Ivory Snow and Pepsi.
Success as a model led Chambers to Hollywood, but Marilyn soon became disgusted with the casting couch mentality young starlets are often subject too. After doing a bit part in Barbara Streisand's 1970 The 'Owl and the Pussycat', Chambers moved to San Francisco to rethink her career. This is were she met producers Artie and Jim Mitchell.
After responding to an advertisement in a local newspaper, Marilyn Chambers met with the Mitchell's and like their honest, forthright approach. Marilyn Chambers told the L.A. Times, 'Ironically, there was no casting couch with them. The Mitchell Brothers were very honest guys who were only interested in making a buck.' Originally, she was hesitant and only agreed to play a non-sexual role in Behind the Green Door. However, after much thought, she eventually agreed to play Gloria, a young girl who is kidnapped and forced into exotic sex acts on stage. Commenting on her decision, Marilyn Chambers told reporter Robert Hilburn, 'I thought I'd take a shot. 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.' However, before agreeing to the role the savvy Marilyn Chambers negotiated a very lucrative contract, 10% of the movie's box office gross. And in the pre-disease aware era of the early '70s, she insisted on VD tests for the entire cast.
The movie was a huge hit, and led to her memorable performance in the 1973 smash, The Resurrection of Eve. The two movies combined, reportedly grossed close to $30 million at the box office . Audiences loved the way this elegant, beautiful woman showed a genuine lust for sex and greeted each act with unparalleled hunger.