Claim: Porn star Marilyn Chambers was once pictured on the Ivory Snow box.
Origins: It seems everyone has heard the whisper that the cute little baby on the Ivory Snow box grew up to be porn star Marilyn Chambers. It’s true Chambers does
appear on the box, but not as the baby — she was the young mother holding the infant.
Marilyn Chambers was born Marilyn Ann Briggs on
Though a young lady in a dirty business, Chambers proved early on she had a good head on her shoulders: she was smart enough to negotiate a contract that gave her 10% of the gross receipts for her films. (This was back in the pre-VCR days, of course, when watching a
skin flick didn’t mean renting one from the local video store and viewing it in the privacy of one’s bedroom, but making a trip to the local sticky-floored pussycat theater.) Based on estimates of the box-office receipts for Green Door and The Resurrection of Eve, she earned more than
It’s interesting to note how this tidbit about Marilyn Chambers and the Ivory Snow box is processed by those who come across it. Invariably, those who remember Chambers being in the shot always cast her as the baby. It’s that old “innocence transformed into evil” motif
(And to clear up another long-standing rumor, no, that baby on the Ivory Snow box isn’t actress Brooke Shields. Brooke did appear in some Ivory Snow advertisements as an infant, but her picture was never used on the box.)
Barbara “99 44/100% pure” Mikkelson
Sightings: In his 1988 humor book “Don’t Bend Over in the Garden, Granny, You Know Them Taters Got Eyes,” in his description of an incident where he and two friends venture off to see the porn classic Behind the Green Door, Lewis Grizzard refers to its star as “…who used to be on the cover of a box of soap when she was a baby, but that was a long time ago and Marilyn has changed a lot since back then.”
Last updated: 22 April 2009