Monday, April 13, 2009


Marilyn Chambers, the pretty Ivory Snow girl who helped bring hard-core adult films into the mainstream consciousness when she starred in the explicit 1972 movie "Behind the Green Door," has died at 56. The actress was born in Providence. Her grandparents and parents were born and raised in Rhode Island. Her father graduated from Brown University, and a cousin and an uncle still live in Narragansett.

Chambers, born Marilyn Ann Briggs, on April 22, 1952, got her start in adult films after answering an ad placed in a San Francisco newspaper by pioneering adult filmmakers Jim and Artie Mitchell.

Married and divorced three times, she is survived by her daughter, McKenna Marie Taylor; her brother, Bill Briggs; and her sister, Jann Smith.

R.I.P. Marilyn. You were a pioneer standing the test of time.

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