interviews

Marilyn Chambers & Herschel Savage in 1999
Herschel Savage

September 2, 2013

What do John Holmes, Tom Byron and Herschel Savage have in common? In addition to each being titans of the adult entertainment industry, this triumvirate of testosterone has the distinction of being the three men with whom Marilyn Chambers worked most. Each appeared in three films with Marilyn; however, Savage is the only one who appeared with her during two distinct periods of her career: her heyday in the ‘80s and her comeback.

 

Savage, originally a trained stage actor, first appeared with Marilyn in the 1983 hit Up ‘n’ Coming. Two years later they appeared in Marilyn Chambers’ Private Fantasies #4 and worked together one last time in Dark Chambers, the second of three comeback films Marilyn made for VCA, released in 2000.

Marilyn Chambers and Richard Pacheco (aka Howie Gordon) in Insatiable, 1980
Howie Gordon (aka Richard Pacheco)

August 1, 2013

When I called Howie Gordon one evening in March he was busy trying to locate some negatives of candid photos he took of Marilyn Chambers on the set of Insatiable. “I shot pictures when I wasn’t in the scene, and when I was in the scene I gave my camera to someone so I have lots and lots of backstage stuff,” he said.

​Some of the photos will be featured in Gordon’s memoir, Hindsight, to be released this fall, which chronicles his life in and out of the adult film world. After he was chosen as Playgirl’s Man of the Year in 1979 Gordon segued into adult films. He found his biggest success under the name Richard Pacheco, including memorable appearances in two of Marilyn’s biggest films, Insatiable (1980) and Up ‘n’ Coming (1983).

Xaviera Hollander and Marilyn Chambers on the cover of their book Xaviera Meets Marilyn Chambers, 1976
Xaviera Hollander

August 1, 2013

A collaboration between The Happy Hooker and The Ivory Porn Goddess -- two of the most iconic figures of the Sexual Revolution -- seemed like a good idea at the time. But, according to Xaviera Hollander, there was no chemistry between the two and their book, Xaviera Meets Marilyn Chambers, released in 1976, was an unequivocal flop.