Porn Pioneer Dies at 56

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CANYON COUNTRY, Calif.  - Famed adult film star Marilyn Chambers wasfound dead in her home in the Canyon Country area, authorities said today, andan autopsy was pending to determine how she died.

The 56-year-old Chambers, whose real name wasMarilyn Ann Taylor, was found dead around 9 p.m. Sunday in the 16000 block ofVasquez Canyon Road, said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the coroner's office.

Chambers broke into the porn industry byappearing in the 1972 film ``Behind the Green Door,'' which was the firstwidely released pornographic film in the United States. Her appearance in thefilm cost the then-aspiring model and actress her job as Procter & Gamble'sIvory Snow girl, appearing on the soap box with a baby and the caption ``99& 44/100% pure.''

The Providence, R.I., native had a bit partin the 1970 Barbra Streisand film ``The Owl and the Pussycat,'' but afterestablishing herself as a pornographic film star, she was never able to breakinto mainstream films.

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