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Former porn star found dead in Canyon Country home

Neighbor says Marilyn Chambers will be missed

Posted: April 13, 2009 8:58 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2009 6:00 p.m.

In this April 27, 2000, file photo adult film star Marilyn Chambers arrives at a screening of "Rated X" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. Chambers was found dead by her 17-year-old daughter at her home in northern Los Angeles County on Sunday, April 12, 2009, according to her friend Peggy McGinn. She was 5...

 
Marilyn Ann Taylor, who was known as porn star Marilyn Chambers, was found dead in her Canyon Country mobile home.

The cause of her death remains unclear, according to the coroner's office.

Taylor's daughter found her lying dead in her home Sunday night, said Lisa Reemer, manager of the Canyon Country Mobile Home Estates.

Taylor, 56, was born in Westport, Conn on April 22, 1952, and rose to prominence in the 1970s when she was featured on the Ivory Snow detergent box. She made the transition from modeling to porn and starred in the adult movie "Behind the Green Door."

The movie was considered to be ground-breaking because of its acting and plot lines. "Behind the Green Door" brought something more to adult films with Chambers, an attractive young woman who had begun her career as a legitimate actress and model.

"She was a pioneer and an amazingly secure woman. I admired her for being at the forefront of an industry that was so taboo when she started," said Jenna Jameson, currently one of the industry's biggest stars.

Chambers moved to the mobile home park in 2002 and quickly became a fixture in the community, Reemer said.

"She still did projects, but she didn't want to live in an area where that was her identity," Reemer said.

Taylor loved animals and took care of stray dogs and cats, Reemer said. She lost count of the number of cats Taylor owned. "Even if (Taylor) couldn't get them to become house cats, she'd feed them outside," Reemer said.

Shannon Voyson, 18, of Canyon Country was Taylor's next door neighbor. The teenager knew of her neighbor's infamous past, but it didn't mean much. "She was a good neighbor," Voyson said. "She's going to be missed very much."

What Reemer said she'll miss the most is Taylor's voice. "She had a raspy voice. I'll just always hear her voice," Reemer said.

Funeral arrangements for Taylor are pending, Reemer said. She is survived by her daughter, McKenna Marie Taylor; her brother, Bill Briggs; and her sister, Jann Smith.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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