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.
Born Marilyn Ann Briggs in Providence, Rhode Island, and raised in Westport, Connecticut in a middle-class household. It is often reported that she was born in Westport, however in a 2007 interview Chambers confirmed she was born in Providence but grew up in Westport. Her father was in advertising and her mother was a nurse. She was the youngest of three children, including a brother, Martin Briggs (keyboardist for 1960s Boston Band, The Remains), and a sister, Jann Smith. Chambers attended Burr Farms Elementary School, Hillspoint Elementary School, Long Lots Junior High School, and Staples High School. Her father tried to discourage her from pursuing a modeling career, citing brutal competition. Chambers said in 2005, "When I was about 16 I learned how to write my mother’s name on notes to get out of school. And then I'd take the train into the city to go to auditions".
This initiative while in high school landed her some modeling assignments and a small role in the film The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), which starred Barbra Streisand and in which Chambers was credited as Evelyn Lang.
She moved to Los Angeles,
California for more work. She did not receive any roles except
for a low-budget film, writer-director-producer Sean S.
Cunningham's Together (1971), in which she appeared nude. She
left Los Angeles for San Francisco, California, where she held
several jobs that included topless model and a bottomless
dancer. During her early career her most visible modeling job
was as the "Ivory soap girl" on the Ivory Snow soap box, posing
as a mother holding a baby under the tag line "99 & 44/100%
Chambers had some chart success with the disco single "Benihana" in 1976, produced by Michael Zager on the Roulette Records label.
In the 2004 United States presidential election, Chambers ran for Vice President on the Personal Choice Party ticket, a quasi-libertarian party. She received a total of 946 votes. In the 2008 United States presidential election, she was again Charles Jay's running mate, this time as an alternate write-in candidate to his primary national Boston Tea Party running mate Thomas L. Knapp in the states of Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah.
On April 12, 2009, Chambers was
found dead in her home near Santa Clarita, California. Documents
found with her body identified her as Marilyn Ann Taylor,
presumably the name she assumed after a marriage. She was
discovered by her 17-year-old daughter, McKenna Marie Taylor.
The coroner's autopsy revealed that Chambers died of a cerebral
hemorrhage and an aneurysm related to heart disease. Chambers
was ten days away from her 57th birthday. Painkiller hydrocodone
(Vicodin) and anti-depressant Citalopram were found in her
bloodstream but not enough to cause death. Upon her death the
Associated Press reported that she was survived by her daughter,
sister, and brother.
In 2000, Tracy Hutson played Chambers in the cable television biographical film Rated X, about the Mitchell brothers' film and strip-club career.