After seeing her as Marilyn Briggs in Together (1971), the Mitchell Brothers offered her a role in Behind the Green Door (1972)" giving her the option of taking a role in which she wasn't required to have sex. Originally, Briggs chose a non-sex role, but allowed the Brothers to talk her into taking the lead. For her gig, she was paid $25,000 and 1% of earnings (which in 1974, brought her between $2,000 and $2,500 per month), the highest amount ever paid a porn performer. Now called Marilyn Chambers, "Green Door" made her a porno superstar, and one of the only porn actresses to cross over into mainstream features. See more »
Granted this film in its own right is extremely rare and expensive when one does find it, beware. The film is usually dubbed in either Swedish or German, and is relatively pointless. Sure, there are a lot of naked people, but this film couldn't even be categorized as "softcore." It's mostly just people at a commune talking about their bodies and what they like about sex. Big deal. However, it is a crucial film, considering it is with revenue generated from its slight grind house/peepshow success that Craven and Cunningham were able to do "Last House on the Left," and subsequently "Hills Have eyes" with Peter Locke as producer. The rest is history.
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