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Linda Susan Boreman, more commonly referred to by her onetime stage name Linda Lovelace, was an American pornographic actress famous for her performance in the 1972 hardcore porn film Deep Throat.

The Harrowing Story of Linda Lovelace

Before home computers, before the Internet, there was Linda Lovelace. For those who may have missed the 1970s, Lovelace starred in “Deep Throat,” the first “adult” film to receive mainstream distribution.

Typical porno flicks of the time were sleazy, hurriedly shot and poorly lit. “Deep Throat” was comparatively better, and even had an unusual comic plot. Lovelace was unable to achieve satisfaction in the traditional matter because of — how to put this? — A physical anomaly. Without going into detail, consider the film’s name.

That was humorous, perhaps. But there was nothing funny about her real life. Lovelace later revealed that she was abused by her husband and forced not only to appear in this film but to perform acts of prostitution, as well.

Ask 100 people to name a porn film and its star and 99 of them will probably come up with Deep Throat and actress Linda Lovelace.

Released in 1972 Deep Throat was the first porn film to be shown in ordinary cinemas and played several times a day every day for 10 years at the Pussycat Cinema chain in America.

Its theme was Linda Lovelace’s particular aptitude for oral sex yet the august New York Times reviewed the film as though it were high art and the likes of Jackie Onassis, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior, author Truman Capote and vice-president Spiro Agnew flocked to private screenings at 5th Avenue addresses. Linda Lovelace became a celebrity and symbol of the Seventies sexual revolution.
Hugh Hefner threw a party in her honour at the Playboy mansion and writers such as Nora Ephron (later of When Harry Met Sally fame) queued up to interview the woman who claimed that sex – and especially sex on camera – empowered her.

As with all stories, there was another side to it. In the other version, Linda was a battered wife whose husband inducted her into prostitution and forced her at gunpoint into making porn films. This was the story she told in Ordeal, her autobiography. Its publication in 1980 signalled her emergence as an opponent of pornography with feminists Andrea Dworkin and Gloria Steinem as her cheerleaders.

Linda Lovelace was originally Linda Boreman, and Inside Linda Lovelace, the first of four memoirs with her byline bears the ominous dedication “to Chuck Traynor—the creator.” By all accounts, it was this man, her husband, who turned a quiet Catholic girl into an icon of the sexual revolution. In Ordeal, her most famous book, she would accuse him of slavery, domestic violence, forced prostitution, and a nonstop stream of sexual humiliations. Deep Throat made her the most famous female porn star of all time, but to the Meese Commission, the Reagan administration’s investigation into pornography, she famously stated: “When you see the movie Deep Throat, you are watching me being raped.”

In the book, she alleged that her so-called sexual liberation was nothing more than a mask to hide a life of rape and abuse at the hands of Chuck Traynor, a man who she said used her for his own financial success by forcing her into pornography and prostitution.

Her allegations were rejected by a suspicious public. In her films, critics said, she looked too happy, too interested to possibly be a victim.

On screen, Lovelace existed only in relation to Traynor. She was the fresh-faced innocent lured by the seemingly friendly man who schmoozes her strict parents and whisks her off into his world — only this world quickly escalates from risqué parties to sexual sadism, pornography, and prostitution. Lovelace unfolds as a two-act Rashomon, playing the events with no sharp edges before rewinding to reveal a much darker spin as Traynor beats Lovelace while no one stops him: Not her friends, not her family, and not the many celebrities she mingles with when Deep Throat becomes a hit.

She felt in her own mind and her own sense of self that she was branded for that. She never really was able to fully let go of the fact that she was Linda Lovelace. She was the genie that brought it out of the bottle, and she thought she had to pay a price for that,

In a time when porn is just a click away, celebrities promote their sex tapes alongside their shoe lines, and adult film stars like James Deen get cast in Hollywood movies, Lovelace and “Deep Throat” can seem like a strange artefact from a bygone era.

“Now she’d probably be embraced and she’d be on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and have a reality show. She could claim it in a whole other way,

Lovelace with Chuck Traynor, 1972.

Boreman was recuperating in Florida from a serious car accident in 1969 when she first attracted Traynor’s attention, and her story of abuse began before they were even married. The gang rape that seemed to end Lovelace’s marriage in the film was actually what kicked off Traynor’s abusive extremes in their relationship. Her body was his currency — as a source of income and a means of payment; he even allegedly pimped her out to a doctor to pay for the silicone breast injections he wanted her to have. Prostitution then paved the way for 8-millimeter smut films, as Traynor forced her into increasingly taboo scenarios that culminated with her infamous short, “Dogarama.”

It’s no wonder, then, that she seemed happy when she starred in Deep Throat. As she later wrote, “With the movie being shot, Chuck wasn’t able to get me involved in any of his other ventures or adventures.” She was still being beaten — her bruises are visible in the film — and being forced to have sex on camera, but Boreman relaxed and smiled, becoming the “Linda Lovelace” masses sure loved every minute of her pornographic career. Her life had reached a low enough point that a mob-funded porno was a welcome respite, but in reality, there was no watchful father figure like Lovelace‘s Romano. There was just Deep Throat financial backer Louis Peraino — and though he might have helped her ultimately escape Traynor, he was also one of the men enjoying financial success from her talents. Lovelace herself made a mere $1,200 for her work — all of which went to Traynor.

In the early 1970s, Lovelace found herself in the middle of the phenomenon “Deep Throat,” the first skin flick to achieve mainstream success. The trailblazing movie helped usher in the era of “porno chic,” with middle-class couples, celebrities, and curious suburbanites flocking to theatres to see what all the fuss was about.

With her wide-eyed, girl-next-door looks, Lovelace became the unlikely face of the sexual revolution and the poster girl for the burgeoning porn industry, much to the chagrin of her strict Catholic parents. She appeared on the cover of Esquire and at the Oscars. Johnny Carson even invited her on “The Tonight Show.”

COLISEUM Photo of Ace FREHLEY and Peter CRISS and Paul STANLEY and Linda LOVELACE and KISS and Gene SIMMONS, with Linda Lovelace – L-R: Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Linda Lovelace, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss

But less than a decade later, Lovelace dramatically overturned the image of uninhibited sexual liberation she represented. In her controversial 1980 memoir, “Ordeal,” and its follow-up “Out of Bondage,” she told a shockingly different narrative to the world — one of harrowing abuse at the hands of Traynor. Lovelace, who died in a car accident in 2002, claimed that Traynor was a domineering and violent figure who coerced her into making “Deep Throat” and kept her a virtual prisoner for years. Scarred and broken, she eventually transformed herself into a committed feminist and ardent anti-pornography crusader.

Critics of Lovelace have struggled to reconcile a woman who appeared to be the picture of sexual liberation in interviews she gave at the height of the “Deep Throat” craze, and who walked the red carpet, posed for fashion spreads, did several other soft-core films, and wrote two autobiographies detailing her enlightened views on sex.

In her later tell-alls, she claimed that Traynor forced her into prostitution and porn, often at gunpoint, and that she feared for her life. But people who knew and worked with Lovelace in the industry contended that they never saw Traynor threaten her with a gun (he later admitted to physical abuse) and that she always seemed to be an enthusiastic and willing participant.

Jeffrey Friedman, one the creative team behind the biopic “Lovelace.”

“The hardest thing is to watch her in ‘Deep Throat’ and really try to understand that she’s feeling like a prisoner,” Friedman said. “The theory I developed is that when she was in front of the camera, surrounded by the crew, it was one of the few times she felt safe and protected from Chuck. That’s how I was able to understand how she appeared so untroubled.”

It helps to remember that Lovelace was barely out of her teens when she met and married Traynor and got swept up in his seedy world. She said she identified with Lovelace’s need to experiment and to find out who she was as a person and what she believed.

What is certain about Linda Lovelace is that her life was never easy. She was born Linda Boreman in the Bronx, New York, in January 1949. Her father John was a police officer who was rarely at home which left the child-rearing to Dorothy, his fanatically Catholic wife. At Maria Regina High, a private Catholic school, Linda was considered so prudish she was nicknamed Miss Holy Holy.
By the time she was 16 her father had retired and the family moved to Florida.

Linda Lovelace immortalised at the Pussycat Theatre 7734 Santa Monica Boulevard 1973.

Linda Boreman — and I’ll just call her Linda here, since she switched last names a couple of times — in the Bronx, her mother’s rages were the dominant theme of her childhood. She would write in one of her autobiographies that she’d been beaten since the age of four for all sorts of minor offences, like getting the wrong nose drops at the drug store, or innocently asking for the definition of a swear word. She got pregnant out of wedlock at 19 — hardly a scandalous age —but her mother forced her to give up the baby for adoption and it didn’t much ameliorate her situation at home.

She returned to New York to study computing but was seriously injured in a car accident and needed a blood transfusion, which would have serious implications for her health in later life. While recuperating at her parents’ home she met Chuck Traynor, a charming, Jaguar-driving bar owner who was 12 years older.
She moved back to New York with him where – she would later claim – he soon became violent. He was so controlling he even insisted on watching her when she went to the toilet. He pointed a .45 pistol at her during phone calls and slept on top of her to prevent her escaping.

Linda also alleged that he hypnotised her to teach her how to perform oral sex and only married her on the advice of his lawyer, presumably in order to exert yet more control over her. Renamed Linda Lovelace, her first blue movies were short silent films for use in peep shows.

In a not-too-shocking twist, he turned out to be a drunk and an abuser, too. Traynor, who initially denied Linda’s claims but later in life would tell a Vanity Fair interviewer he saw no real problem with hitting women, forced her to have sex for money in addition to outright ordering her to do the film, on pain of a beating or harm coming to the rest of her family. And that’s how we got the iconic figure of “Linda Lovelace,” which was a stage name adopted exclusively for the purpose of Deep Throat.

Linda Lovelace was both porn goddess and anti-porn crusader. No one is sure who the real Lovelace was, but her memoirs—there were four—shed light on what she was up against.

“Linda Lovelace’s” appeal rested on two theoretically opposing thoughts. One, that she was an Everywoman, the girl next door, a brunette with freckles; and two, that she was a very particular “sort” of woman, the sort who loved sex and so was “liberated” in a new and exciting sort of way, well exciting to the people who attended Deep Throat, that is.

Deep Throat cost $25,000 to make (provided mainly by backers with mob connections) but it earned $600million, making it one of the most lucrative films ever made. But Linda did not see a penny of it.
Even her own fee – a paltry $1,250 – was taken by Traynor. With her girl-next-door looks and a figure unenhanced by plastic surgery Linda was an unlikely film star of any genre, let alone erotica. But she was feted nonetheless.
Her husband’s response was to pimp her to five men who gang-raped her in a hotel room. She posed for girlie magazines, made Deep Throat II and starred with ex-Monkee Micky Dolenz in Linda Lovelace For President in which Linda travels the country following a route which when transposed onto a map is shaped like a penis.

The argument between wives and whores is an old one; each one thinking that whatever she is, at least she is not the other. Deep Throat suggested that within every Madonna is a whore and, well, the press went wild for it. Well, most of the press.

Nora Ephron, for one, hated the film, writing for Esquire that it was “one of the most unpleasant, disturbing films I have ever seen — it is not just anti-female but anti-sexual as well.” She was embarrassed to be so doctrinaire about it, she said, but she went on:

There is a scene in Deep Throat, for example, where a man inserts a hollow glass dildo inside Miss Lovelace, fills it with Coca-Cola, and drinks it with a surgical straw — the audience was bursting with nervous laughter, while I sat through it literally faint. All I could think about was what would happen if the glass broke… “Demeaning to women,” I wailed as we walked away from the theatre. “Degrading to women.”… The men I was with pretended they did not know me, and then, when I persisted in addressing my mutterings to them, they assured me that I was overreacting, that it was just a movie and that they hadn’t even been turned on by it. But I refused to calm down. “Look, Nora,” said one of them, playing what I suppose he thought was his trump card by appealing to my sense of humour, “there’s one thing you have to admit. The scene with the Coca-Cola was hilarious.”

It says a lot about this version of Lovelace that the Coke bottle bit is never mentioned — as it rarely is, in pieces about Deep Throat overall.

Ambivalent about what had happened to her, and the way other people used and profited from it, seemed to define her life after she escaped from Traynor’s chokehold. A lawyer she’d consulted about suing Traynor told her she had no cause of action because the statute of limitations on sexual abuse had run out. One thing she could do, he counselled her, was reclaim her story by writing a book.

In its introduction, Inside Linda Lovelace offered a challenge to the reader: “I defy anyone to prove I am a victim of some kind of psychological trauma.” Ordeal not only takes the dare but also poses one of its own: “The other books, the trash and the garbage, made a lot of money. What will the truth do?” Thirty-three publishers rejected Ordeal until Lyle Stuart, who handled incendiary titles like Naked Came the Stranger and The Anarchist Cookbook, picked it up. Lovelace was made to undergo an 11-hour polygraph test to verify her accusations before publication.

In a preview of what was to come, McGrady didn’t believe Linda’s story at first, either. But when she told him where to look for bruises in the frames of Deep Throat, he could see them. So he agreed to help her write the book, and was instrumental in getting it published by a low-end publisher.

A lot of McGrady’s colleagues said he’d been “taken for a ride.” But the book, Ordeal, was a bestseller.

As they were working on it, Linda happened to catch an episode of Donahue that had Susan Brownmiller as a guest. Brownmiller was the author of Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape and was a founding member of a new anti-pornography group, which she was discussing on the show. Donahue asked her about Deep Throat, wondering, “Wasn’t [Linda] having a good time?” And Brownmiller said she couldn’t believe, no, that Linda had enjoyed herself.

Linda’s ears perked up.

She had McGrady contact a member of WAP to confirm she hadn’t had a good time. And when she herself appeared on Donahue to promote Ordeal, Gloria Steinem was watching. Horrified by the way Donahue and his audience seemed to believe Linda was lying; she called McGrady and then met with Linda herself. And then she wrote a piece for Ms. entitled, “Tell Me, Linda, What in Your Background Led You to a Concentration Camp?” People who’d worked with Linda and looked up to her were horrified; one referred to her, consistently, as a Benedict Arnold (Traitor.) But Linda had found a defender, and evidently, she intended to cling to her.

From there, things moved very quickly. Lovelace began speaking around, the country at events for “Women Against Pornography,” the group Steinem and Brownmiller belonged to. She appeared on TV shows with Steinem, declaring that, “Everyone going to see Deep Throat is watching me being raped.” She appeared at protests of the screening of the film. She testified in favour of a Minneapolis ordinance, which would have created a basis for women exploited by pornography to sue pornographers.

Opponents claimed that the ordinance violated the First Amendment, and journalists always being interested in the protective of that prime directive, the ordinance effort became a kind of media circus. “The fact that this film is being shown and that my children will one day walk down the street and see their mother being abused,” Linda testified, “it makes me angry, makes me sad.” But the ordinance was eventually struck down as being too broad. And the anti-pornography movement sank under the accusations that it was pro-censorship. So Linda, again, was without a cause.

Outside of the lecture circuit, her transformation drew doubts. She was accused of opportunism—of switching sides and fabricating stories when her career fizzled out. She faced sceptical questions from Tom Snyder on whose show an audience member remarked, “I had always heard that to be hypnotised, you had to be willing.” On a BBC talk show called Sin on Saturday, one spectator asked, “How in the hell did you manage to smile?” She replied, “It became a choice: smile, or die.”

“The truth” became an instant bestseller, the only one of her books that have never gone out of print. Published in 1980, it arrived as the Moral Majority was becoming a major political force on the eve Reagan’s presidency. She became an asset for the Women Against Pornography movement, earning $1,500 for speeches at colleges and religious groups, appearing alongside anti-porn feminists like Andrea Dworkin, Gloria Steinem, and Catharine MacKinnon. She testified against pornography before the Meese Commission in 1986, saying, “It’s a crime that movie is still being shown.”

Her relationship with Steinem, apparently, was fraught but still friendly. But she was disappointed that the effort had not succeeded in killing Deep Throat. She developed health problems due to silicone leaks in her breasts from the injections a quack doctor had given her. She needed and received a liver transplant. And gradually, she became a drunk. Her marriage unravelled. She continued to give a few anti-pornography speeches at colleges, but privately she was a mess. She used meth and weed. She ran through a string of jobs. So desperate was she for money at one point that she posed for a fetish magazine called Leg Show, and attended memorabilia shows that included Deep Throat. To the people in porn who offered to help her, she spoke bitterly of the feminists she felt had used her.

And then one day she was driving home from a friend’s house when her car veered inexplicably off the road and threw her 60 feet. No one knows why she lost control of the car, though some of her friends said dialysis had made her woozy. Due to a clerical error it took two days for the hospital to get in touch with her family. Two weeks later, they turned off the life support. She was 53.

A friend heard a radio jockey making oral sex jokes; obituaries focused mainly on the cultural impact of Deep Throat rather than the toll it took on Linda itself. Which perhaps explains why Linda’s family still speaks so bitterly about the entire affair. In a 2005 documentary about Deep Throat, her sister Barbara said she was sad Chuck Traynor had died before she’d had a chance to get to him herself.

Domestic violence is a thing, and unfortunately, it will always be a thing. She brought awareness to it. She really did, and people don’t credit her for that. They just define her as a porn star. She was an anti-porn crusader and a feminist.

Her real life wasn’t a relatively nice existence, it was sullied by Traynor until she found personal happiness in a new marriage. Her life was a long struggle for security. As she herself said, she was a desperate woman who felt victimized through every iteration of her life — as a child, a wife, a porn star, an anti-porn activist, and a woman struggling to make ends meet. She did once speak of the “joy” her family brought her, but that only came after years of heartache and struggle that filled multiple autobiographies. In her own words, Linda Boreman was unable to “escape” her role as “Linda Lovelace.”

In a 1980 article in Ms. magazine, “The Real Linda Lovelace”, Linda Boreman discussed Traynor and Lovelace’s relationship. Steinem stated that “the myth that Lovelace loved to be sexually used and humiliated was created by her husband” and that he kept her as his prisoner. Lovelace claimed that Traynor forced her into prostitution by threatening her with a gun, repeatedly beat her, forced her to make pornography, and allowed men to rape her repeatedly. Lovelace tried to escape from Traynor three times before she was successful. She said that during Deep Throat one can see visible scars and bruises left on her legs from a beating by Traynor. According to Steinem, Traynor once stated, “When I first dated [Linda] she was so shy, it shocked her to be seen nude by a man… I created Linda Lovelace.”

In 1979, Lovelace underwent a polygraph examination in which she repeated allegations she made against Traynor. During the session the test results supported the following allegations:

  • In 1971, Traynor forced Lovelace to have sex with five men for money in the Coral Gables Holiday Inn. He pointed a gun at Lovelace and threatened to kill her if she refused.
  • During her relationship with Traynor, Lovelace feared for her life if she tried to leave him.
  • He would hypnotise her.
  • He asked her to help him run the prostitution business, and when she refused he hit her. He used to beat her occasionally, which seemed to sexually excite him. He beat her the night before their wedding and during the filming of Deep Throat.
  • After she left him, Traynor threatened to shoot her sister’s son if she did not return.
  • When out with other people, he would tell her not to speak, and she had to ask his permission to go to the toilet.
  • The movie Deep Throat made approximately $600 million but Lovelace only saw $1,250 since Traynor kept control of the money.

In a Vanity Fair article on Marilyn Chambers, whom Traynor married after Boreman left him, Traynor said he considered himself a country boy in that he could live away from civilisation and that if his woman said something he didn’t like, he thought nothing of hitting her for it.

Boreman’s allegations against Traynor have been disputed since she alleged them. But in the second commentary on the DVD of “Inside Deep Throat”, one member of the production crew of Deep Throat backed up Boreman’s allegation of a brutal beating that she claimed left bruises that are visible in the film. The man said his motel room was next to Boreman’s and Traynor’s and emphatically said that Traynor beat Boreman viciously at night. Marilyn Chambers later claimed that Linda’s allegations “hurt Chuck”, but Deep Throat, Part 2 actress Andrea True said that most people did not like Chuck Traynor and sided with Boreman as to her allegations.

Marilyn Chambers 

Just before the credits roll on Lovelace, the $10 million biopic of Linda Lovelace and her allegedly abusive first husband—whom the film portrays as a hot-headed, manipulative Svengali who nearly drives Lovelace into ruin until she leaves him—a brief postscript appears: “Chuck Traynor went on to marry Marilyn Chambers, the second most famous porn star of the era.”

After so many scenes of Traynor beating Lovelace, forcing her into prostitution, and even shooting a blow-up doll in her likeness during a fit of rage, the sentence lands like a morbid punch line. Poor Marilyn Chambers, whoever she was.

In fact, Chambers was the second-most famous porn star of the era. A leggy, athletic blond, she broke out in 1972, just months after the release of Deep Throat, as the star of the similarly spectacular Behind the Green Door, in which she played the silent role of a woman kidnapped and forced to perform sexual acts in front of a sex theater full of rowdy men. Nearly as shocking: before filming, Chambers had posed as a mother with child on a ubiquitous package of Ivory Snow laundry detergent—the picture of wholesomeness—and the new label was just hitting shelves.

America was practically aghast. Ivory Snow sales spiked; Green Door raked in a reported $50 million on a shoestring budget. The “golden age of porn” had begun, and Chambers had done as much as anyone to usher it in.

Many years later, Lovelace, who died in a car accident in 2002, is still a household name, an icon of the sexual revolution. Yet Marilyn Chambers—who came to fame in the same year, who struggled with the same goal of finding mainstream success, who even married the same man—died in relative anonymity in a trailer park, surviving on porn residuals, Comic-Con appearances, and a job at a car dealership.

What happened to Marilyn Chambers?

It seems everyone has heard the whisper that the cute little baby on the Ivory Snow box grew up to be a porn star, Marilyn Chambers. Its true Chambers does appear on the box, but not as the baby — she was the young mother holding the infant. Marilyn Chambers posed as a mother with a child on a ubiquitous package of Ivory Snow laundry detergent—the picture of wholesomeness.

Marilyn Chambers, who was born Marilyn Ann Briggs in Providence, Rhode Island, died at the age of 56 in 2009 of a cerebral haemorrhage and aneurysm related to heart disease—seven years after Lovelace and Traynor died three months apart.

At the time, Chambers was working at a BMW dealership in Los Angeles and living in a mobile home near Santa Clarita, some 40 miles northeast.

“A lot of people didn’t know who she was,” says Peggy McGinn, another close friend. “She went by Marilyn Taylor. And those who knew didn’t care because of the way she carried herself. She was a classy lady.”

Chambers made about $1,000 to $1,200 a week from the dealership, McGinn estimates, “not after taxes.” She also brought in about $12,000 in residuals and about $15,000 making guest appearances at Comic-Con. “She earned enough to get by,” McGinn says. She also had a passion for gardening. “Marilyn had beautiful flowers,” she remembers. “The neighbours would say, ‘What a beautiful garden,’ and the next day their garden was planted. That was her therapy.”

Still, Chambers had not lost her appetite for the spotlight, and especially hungered for mainstream success. After all, she had won her Screen Actors Guild card through a small role in 1970’s The Owl and the Pussycat (starring Barbra Streisand) and had always dreamed of being a real actress—not the kind of acting she did in Green Door and more than a dozen porn films after it, like the 1980 bestseller Insatiable.

Marilyn Chambers, circa 1974. Getty Images.

Shortly before her death, Chambers flew to New York City to audition for The Deep Throat Sex Scandal, a play about the making of Deep Throat and the obscenity trial that followed. “She killed it,” says David Bertolino, who wrote the play. “I think she knew she could act, but I think she wanted to prove it to the general public. She was phenomenal. I had goose bumps.”

Chambers was delighted when she got the part. “She was going to quit the car dealership, but not until the ink was dry and the check was in the mail,” says McGinn, who says her friend spent her last weeks alive memorising her lines. “It was just a matter of days. She was leaving it all to do the play in New York.”

In a strange twist, Chambers was to play the part of Shana Babcock, the best friend of Linda Lovelace. In the play, Babcock tries to persuade Lovelace to leave the abusive Chuck Traynor. Chambers, who had divorced Traynor back in 1985, was uncomfortable with the storyline. “She felt I judged Chuck harshly,” Bertolino recalls. “From the accounts, we got from various people, we heard he ruled with an iron fist. She wasn’t thrilled that I captured that, and she defended him.”

It was nothing Chambers hadn’t heard before. In real life, Lovelace had made very public claims against Traynor in her 1980 autobiography Ordeal, alleging much of the abuse and manipulation that became the basis for the 2013 film. She even took a polygraph test to prove her claims to her publisher, and testified before Congress about the dangers women face in the pornography business.

Many people in the porn industry, including Chambers, disputed Lovelace’s account of her time with Traynor. “Marilyn didn’t believe any of it,” says McGinn. “She read Linda’s book and said 75 percent was absolute B.S. He was not a very nice guy, and maybe Linda was very meek … Nobody would touch Marilyn. She would kick your ass.”

Rip Torn, Nicholas Ray, and Marilyn Chambers discussing Ray’s film project, “City Blues,” ca. 1976

Chambers did acknowledge that Traynor, who died of a heart attack in 2002, did hit her once—but says she hit him right back, according to McGinn. “She hit him back really hard. She said, ‘I broke two fingernails because my arms were like propellers.’”

Whatever the truth, Traynor’s reputation as a womaniser had long been cemented, says porn star, Ron Jeremy. “She told me some girl who was watching her one-woman show put a note in her hand and said, ‘I have friends who are law enforcement. If you are in trouble or being kidnapped, let me know.’”

Chambers never got to the chance perform in The Deep Throat Sex Scandals. She died while the play was in rehearsals.

On opening night in 2010, Bertolino says he placed some of Chambers’s ashes on the stage as a favour to her daughter. They were held, of course, in an Ivory soap box. “We actually gave her a credit,” he says. “Marilyn Chambers appears nightly posthumously.”

Marilyn Chambers and Chuck Traynor had divorced in 1985 after 11 years of marriage—reportedly after she agreed to give Traynor, who allegedly owned half the royalties from her films, her half as well. “He was a really bad guy,” said Chambers’s brother Bill Briggs in a 2009 story in Connecticut magazine. “Basically he said, ‘You can leave, but you’re not getting anything.’ So she left everything behind. She had made all of them—the Mitchells [producers of Behind the Green Door] included—rich, and she never had a lot of money after that.”

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