It is often reported that she was born in Westport; however, in a interview Chambers confirmed she was born in Providence but grew up in Westport. She was the youngest of three children, including a brother, Bill Briggs keyboardist for s Boston band The Remains , and a sister, Jann Smith.
My mother always told me I was a show-off". After that she did not receive any roles except for a low-budget film, writer-director-producer Sean S. Cunningham 's Together , in which she appeared nude. In , she moved from Westport to San Francisco, where she held several jobs that included topless model and bottomless dancer.
In she saw an advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle for a casting call for what was billed as a "major motion picture". She was about to leave when producers Artie and Jim Mitchell noticed her resemblance to Cybill Shepherd.
They invited her upstairs to their offices and told her the film's plot. Chambers was highly dubious about accepting a role in a pornographic film, fearing it might ruin her chances at breaking into the mainstream. But she was turned on by the fantasy of the story and decided to take a chance, under the condition that she receive a hefty salary and 10 percent of the film's gross.
She also insisted that each actor get tested for venereal disease. The Mitchell Brothers balked at her request for a percentage of the film's profits, but finally agreed, realizing the film needed a wholesome blonde actress.
Unusually, Chambers does not have a single word of dialogue in the entire film. The scene with Keyes is followed by Chambers mounting a trapeze contraption suspended from the ceiling. She then engages in vaginal intercourse with one man as she performs oral sex on another and masturbates two others.
I just did it as it happened, and it worked. I've always been highly sexed. Oh, my God, I love it! Insatiable is the right word for me". Critics have since debated whether she was really having orgasms in her scenes or just acting.
She stated in one early interview that they were real, but denied it in an interview many years later. Although not the runaway blockbuster that Green Door was, Eve was a hit and a well-received entry into the porno chic market. It also helped set Chambers apart from her contemporaries Linda Lovelace and Georgina Spelvin as the wholesome, all-American girl next door.
Following Eve, Chambers was anxious to transition her fame into other areas of entertainment. At the time the Mitchell Brothers were still her managers. In retaliation, the brothers created a documentary in called Inside Marilyn Chambers, which was composed of alternate shots and outtakes from Green Door and Eve, as well as interviews with some of her co-stars.
Jim and Art ripped me off. They felt I'd betrayed by them I felt they'd betrayed me, and for many years, we didn't speak. Only when money was to be made did we start talking again. But, to a lot of people, it was still a dirty movie; for me to do anything else, as an actress, was totally out of the question. I became known as a porno star, and that type of labeling really hurt me. It hurt my chances of doing anything else".
Her biggest opportunity came in when it was announced in Variety that she was to star alongside Rip Torn in City Blues, a film about a young hooker defended by a seedy lawyer. The film was to be directed by Nicholas Ray.
Ray had never seen Behind the Green Door or even screen-tested Chambers. Instead the two met and Ray was impressed. Scott , but the casting director took one look at her and said she was too wholesome to be cast as a porn queen. That's such a cliche," Chambers said years later.
Rabid[ edit ] Chambers won the starring role in film director David Cronenberg 's low-budget Canadian movie Rabid , which was released in Reitman felt that it would be easier to market the film in different territories if the well-known porn star portrayed the main character. Cronenberg stated that Chambers put in a lot of hard work on the film and that he was impressed with her.
Cronenberg further states he had not seen Behind the Green Door prior to casting her. I found it useful in sex films, too! It was broadcast on cable television channels such as the Playboy Channel. In Insatiable she sang the theme song, "Shame On You," which plays over the opening credits. She did the same for the song "Still Insatiable", which was used in her comeback in the adult film of the same name. She also sang vocals in the X-rated film Up 'n' Coming, in which she plays a rising country music star.
In the early s, she was the lead singer of a country and western band called Haywire. Both were published by Warner Communications. She also wrote a sex advice column in the mid-to-late s for Genesis magazine called "Private Chambers", and one for Club magazine throughout the s called "State of the Nation".
In she released a book of sex positions and tips called Sensual Secrets. One of the male models featured in the photos with Marilyn was a young Ron Jeremy. The same year, she released another sex manual called The Illustrated Kama Sutra.
In the film she played actress, model, and heiress Sandra Chase, whose appetite for sex is, as the title suggests, insatiable. Sandra is getting ready to make a movie and her manager, played by Jessie St. James , is working on getting some big names to appear alongside Sandra. The story is told in a series of flashbacks which detail Sandra's sexual encounters. I was known in the X-rated business, and it was the right time. It was a cool story and the budget was going to be a lot higher; there were going to be helicopters and Ferraris.
It was going to be very classy. There were some names in it that would be good for the box office, [including John Holmes ] and that was at a time when X-films were still playing in theaters. Insatiable was the top-selling adult video in the U. Another X-rated film, Up 'n' Coming, was released in She also released six direct-to-video features in the early s called Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies, in which she acted out her own sexual fantasies alongside some of the biggest names in the industry.
The scenarios and dialogue for the series were written by Chambers. Despite her return to the adult film world, Chambers dreamed of launching a successful mainstream acting career, but was unable to do so.
Mayor Willie Brown proclaimed a "Marilyn Chambers Day" for her unique place in San Francisco history, and praised her for her "artistic presence", her "vision", and her "energy". Near the end of her career, Chambers appeared primarily in independent films , including her last role in Solitaire.
Chambers claimed that the more laid-back pace of these roles suited her as "there's a lot less pressure on you to perform [and] you don't have to be young and skinny". In a interview, Chambers said "My advice to somebody who wants to go into adult films is: It leaves you kind of empty. So have a day job and don't quit it". It was alleged by plainclothes policemen who were in the audience that Chambers allowed audience members to touch her with their hands and mouths during her show called "Feel the Magic".
This is supposed to be a hip city. These people have been my fans for years, and it's a thrill for them to touch me up close. There's nothing illegal if I'm not taking money. In the wake of her arrest, the Board stripped police of their power to license the city's adult theaters. I'm in jail with my fur coat and nothing else on, and [the police officers] want to take pictures. I took a mug shot with every cop in the place, and they're going, 'I'm really sorry we had to do this.
Chambers denied the charge, saying, "I did the same show I've been doing for the last six years. Police just happened to be in the audience. Efforts in politics[ edit ] In the United States presidential election , Chambers ran for Vice President on the Personal Choice Party ticket, a libertarian political party. She received a total of votes. In the 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.
First was to Doug Chapin, whom she met while he was playing bagpipes for money on the streets of San Francisco. They married in She divorced Chapin in and married Chuck Traynor , who was recently divorced from Linda Lovelace , shortly thereafter. He also became her manager and they were together for 10 years. In the mids Chambers was "on her way to an early grave, consuming massive amounts of alcohol and cocaine daily, when she met her husband-to-be",  William Taylor, Jr.
After their first date he called her to say that he could not see her because he was a recovering heroin addict. Chambers got so angry she kicked a wall and broke her leg. Taylor came to visit Chambers in the hospital, and upon her release they began a romance and Chambers entered Narcotics Anonymous. The couple were married around or They had one child, McKenna Marie Taylor, in The couple divorced in Chambers was ten days away from her 57th birthday. The painkiller hydrocodone and the antidepressant citalopram were found in her bloodstream, but not enough to cause death.