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The Sexual Revolutions of Marilyn Chambers

The untold story of the world’s most famous X-rated star who rose to fame as the face of Ivory Snow and the star of Behind the Green Door. By Jared Stearns.


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The untold story of the world’s most famous X-rated star, who rose to fame as the face of Ivory Snow and the star of Behind the Green Door but struggled to find her true self in a world of sex, scandal, and shattered dreams.

Marilyn Chambers was the embodiment of the free-spirited Seventies, the world’s most famous X-rated star, and an unappreciated talent whose work in adult films hindered her dreams of becoming a serious actress. Raised in an affluent Connecticut suburb, Marilyn catapulted to fame when it was learned that not only had she starred in the groundbreaking X-rated film, Behind the Green Door but was also the model on the box of Ivory Snow laundry detergent (product tagline: “99 44/100% Pure.”)

Marilyn was the first woman known primarily for her work in adult films to cross over to mainstream entertainment. She sustained a versatile three-decade career in entertainment, including roles in dramatic plays, a Broadway musical revue, her own television show, and the lead role in David Cronenberg’s film Rabid. But her success in adult films also proved to be her undoing. Marred by a violent relationship with her abusive husband-manager, Chuck Traynor, she developed the persona of a twenty-four-hour-a-day sex star. In the process, she lost her sense of self and spent much of her life searching for her true identity. With recollections from family and friends, many of whom have never spoken publicly, along with Marilyn’s own words, and never-before-published photos, Jared Stearns vividly captures the revolutionary career of one of the twentieth century’s most misunderstood icons.




Chapter 1: The Show-Off

Chapter 2: The Proposition

Chapter 3: “Now Casting for a Major Motion Picture”

Chapter 4: Behind the Green Door

Chapter 5: “99 44/100% Pure”

Chapter 6: The New Marilyn Chambers

Chapter 7: Insatiable

Chapter 8: Up ’n’ Coming, Down ‘n’ Out

Chapter 9: Faking It


Appendix: Filmography

Notes & Sources


  • The first and only authorized biography of cult film star Marilyn Chambers;
  • Never-before-seen photographs covering Marilyn’s life and career;
  • Timely story of a woman’s struggle to overcome sexism and misogyny in showbusiness;
  • Publication on April 22 – Marilyn’s birthday.

Title: PURE
Subtitle: The Sexual Revolutions of Marilyn Chambers
Author: Jared Stearns
ISBN: 978-1-915316-19-6
Street Date: April 22, 2024
Category: Film/Sex & Gender
Retail Price: UK £18.99 / US $23.95 TBC
Binding: Paperback
Size: 229mm x 152mm
Pages: 380 TBC
Illos: 25 B&W stills and 8 colour plates

As the trade paperback, except this special NO-ISBN hardback is exclusive to this website. Because it carries No ISBN number, this edition of the book is off the grid in as much as it doesn’t appear on any database, in any library, cannot be ordered through mainstream bookshops or online retailers. 


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“Fasten your seatbelts for this long overdue biography of the legendary adult film icon Marilyn Chambers. Meticulously researched, Pure is an empathetic tribute to a woman who defied convention and symbolized sexual liberation on the screen. Jared Stearns has chronicled the triumphs and tragedies of Marilyn’s life for longtime fans as well as anyone insatiable for a great read!”
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Jared Stearns

JARED STEARNS is a San Francisco-based writer. He has written about Marilyn Chambers for publications including Cineaste, The Dark Side, and The San Franciscan. His work has also appeared in The Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston and has worked in B2B marketing for more than fifteen years. This is his first book.


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