Adult film actress Marilyn Chambers , the onetime Ivory Snow model who gained greater fame as the star of the X-rated "Behind the Green Door," was found dead Sunday by her teenage daughter at her home in Southern California. She was Chambers, given name Marilyn Briggs , was central to the erotic empire built by the late Mitchell brothers - Jim and Artie - at their Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre , now in its 40th year. Ten years ago, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown proclaimed a "Marilyn Chambers Day," praising the porn queen for her "artistic presence," her "vision" and her "energy. That was all part of the allure of San Francisco," Brown said Monday. And people would come here to see if Marilyn Chambers was really dressed in snowflakes. The snowflakes reference goes back to her debut as a teenage model for Ivory Snow, which featured her on a laundry detergent box as a young mother cuddling a laughing baby. According to journalist Warren Hinckle , chronicler of the Mitchell Brothers era, she grew up in Connecticut as the daughter of an ad executive. At age 18, she had made her way to San Francisco and answered an ad placed by the Mitchells, who were making films to show in their movie theater.
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The cause of death was not immediately known. Chambers also performed on Las Vegas stages in the s. Chambers and fellow actresses Linda Lovelace and Georgina Spelvin shot to fame at a time in the early s when both American social mores and the quality of hard-core sex films were changing.
She was The cause of death is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected and an autopsy is pending. The producers -- Jim and Artie Mitchell -- offered her the starring role. I really liked the fantasy involved.
Chambers began her career in as a model for Ivory Snow soap, and starred two years later in the porn classic "Behind the Green Door. Chambers' death was a "total shock," Jeremy said, because they had been scheduled to sign a contract Monday to perform together in an off-Broadway "tongue-in-cheek" re-enactment of the porn classic "Deep Throat. A family member found Chambers , 56, in the mobile home where she lived in the Canyon Country area and called police Sunday evening, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitemore said. The death appeared to be from natural causes, although toxicology tests have not been completed, Whitemore said. The coroner's investigation has not been completed, and no cause of death has been determined, according to a spokesman with the Los Angeles Medical Examiner's office. Chambers eventually co-starred with all of the best-known porn actors of the s and s, Jeremy said.