Marilyn Chambers, the Ivory Snow Porn Star, Dead at 56

The actress was discovered last night in her mobile home in Santa Clarita, near Los Angeles, by her teenage daughter

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A portrait of Chambers circa 1972

People in the '70s knew two things about Marilyn Chambers: she had appeared as a model on an Ivory Snow box, fondly holding an infant under the corporate slogan "99 and 44/100% Pure"; and she starred in Behind the Green Door, one of the first, weirdest and most popular hard-core movies in that brief period of the '70s known as "porno chic." These two factettes, with their colliding irony, made the blond, willowy Chambers the pinup princess of XXX cinema, a notoriety she parlayed into a career in soft- and hard-core sex films that lasted from 1972 until...

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