Friday, August 6, 2010

Nerd Girl of Note #74

Marilyn Chambers is famous, for the most part, for two things. One, she was the Ivory Snow model, and two, she was the Ivory Snow model who became a porn star. Chambers did both adult and mainstream films in her career, but never quite gained mainstream fame. She was in David Cronenberg's Rabid, Angel of H.E.A.T., and Party Girls.

Probably her most famous film was Behind the Green Door (Mitchell/Mitchell, 1972) which was released the same year as Deep Throat. Behind the Green Door was a rather psychedelic film with a minimal story. Chambers plays "Gloria," a woman who is kidnapped and taken to a bizarre club where she is made the focal point of an elaborate orgy. That is basically the entire story, despite being "based on the novel by..." I have never found there to be such a novel, though I may not be looking in the right places. It is a rather high-water-mark for the adult industry, taking advantage of cinematic effects to increase the psychedelic nature. It is not your typical porn film.

Chambers died in April 2009 of a cerebral hemorrhage and an aneurysm related to heart disease. She had continued making films up to that year, including the independent film Solitaire, which aside from IMDb I can find no real reference to.

Here is a 1977 interview from Al Goldstein's Midnight Blue public access show. She seems ridiculously sweet.


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