Marilyn Chambers
Marilyn Chambers
Occupation Waitress, hairdresser, salon owner, fortune teller
Residence 33 Saxon Avenue
Gender Female
Relationships Lance Smart (ex-boyfriend)

Adam Cameron (ex-boyfriend) Phil Bryant (ex-husband) Steven Matheson (ex-boyfriend) Donald Fisher (ex-husband) Sid Walker (ex-boyfriend) Danny Braxton (dated, deceased) Winston Markman (dated) John Palmer (husband)

Family George Davidson (father)

Heather Davidson (mother) Bryon Fisher (son, deceased) Jett James (adoptive son) Shandi Palmer (stepdaughter) Skye Peters (foster daughter)

First Appearance 18 May 1989
Portrayed by Emily Symons

Marilyn Chambers (previously Bryant and Fisher) made her first on screen appearance on may 1989 and is portrayed by Emily Symons.


Marilyn is described as the "ditzy chick-next-door" who has a heart of gold, but lacked a "bit of common sense". Holy Soap called Marilyn "bubbly" and a "Dizzy blonde beautician". Marilyn is known for her bouffant hairstyle and her "daring" dress sense. Of this Symons said "Marilyn is who she is and doesn't care what anybody thinks. In her mind that's how a lady of her age would dress – she thinks it's absolutely normal and is proud of her style, although Colleen definitely disapproves!" When asked if she would like Marilyn to receive a makeover, Symons said that she does not want to see her character change. She explained that Marilyn would not be Marilyn and a makeover would not be "true to the character she is now a famous hairdresser and now does Bruno Mars hair do in his video clip and take that,s hair and make up to also in their video to plus in Meyhan Trainor ,s video to

Symons described the 2010 Marilyn as "still the bubbly, positive, energetic and slightly bonkers '80s chick, but more spiritual". She added that Marilyn has done a lot of soul searching and feels that she now has a reason to come back.[10] She has a new lease on life and she is embracing religions, magic and tribal beliefs. Her "ultra positive outlook" on life and her vegan food annoyed Miles Copeland, but they soon got used to living together.[8] Holy Soap also said that Marilyn has known "severe heartache" after she lost her son, Byron to cancer, divorced Donald and is now seriously ill. Yahoo!7 say that she is still "tender" over Byron's death, but she has come to realise that life is for living. Marilyn's best friend, Mitzy Fraser, is a "kindred soul". She is a psychic, who helped Marilyn deal with her grief over Byron and her recovery from cancer. Dallimore described Marilyn as "sweet, open minded and trusting."



Marilyn arrives in Summer Bay from Sydney to see her boyfriend, Lance Smart. When Lance hires a boat to impress her, he takes the wrong one and crashes it into Alf Stewart's boat. Marilyn and Lance go missing, but Lance comes back okay and he tells his friends that Marilyn went back to the city. She comes back a few days later and tells Lance that she is going to stay and get a job. Lance thinks they are moving too fast and Marilyn tells him that she going on a date with his house-mate, Martin Dibble instead. Marilyn dumps Lance and moves into a hotel, but Lance wins her back when he gets her a job at The Diner. However, Marilyn begins working for Morag Bellingham instead. Lance introduces Marilyn to his mother, Colleen. When they start to get on too well, Lance becomes scared and breaks up with Marilyn. He then asks her to pretend she broke up with him, so Colleen does not come down hard on him. Colleen then believes that Marilyn broke Lance's heart. Marilyn dates Adam Cameron, before meeting and marrying Phil Bryant. Phil's teenage daughter, Toni, initially dislikes Marilyn as she is much younger than her father. Marilyn leaves the Bay with Phil, but three years later she returns and reveals that she has separated from Phil. She then opens and works in her own Hair and Beauty Salon. Marilyn becomes friends with Steven Matheson and they eventually begin a relationship. However, it does not last and they decide to just be friends.

Marilyn decides to go back to school and she meets the Principal, Donald Fisher. They begin a relationship, which shocks the locals as Donald is twice Marilyn's age. They eventually get engaged and marry. Marilyn longs to have a child, but she has a miscarriage and is told that she is sterile. She decides to undergo surgery to conceive and she later becomes pregnant. After visiting Vinnie Patterson to get an astrology reading, Marilyn goes into labour two weeks early. Vinnie finds her and drives Marilyn to the hospital. Complications develop with the birth and Marilyn is put under anaesthetic, so doctors can perform a cesarean. Marilyn delivers a baby boy, but she is upset that she was not awake for the birth and that Donald missed it. To show her gratitude to Vinnie, Marilyn names the baby, Byron Vincent. Marilyn struggles with post natal depression and she leaves Donald and Byron. When she returns a few months later, she discovers that Donald has hired a nanny and becomes jealous of her. She later recovers and grows to love her son. Months later, Byron is diagnosed with liver cancer and Marilyn's marriage starts to break up. She and Donald find out about a treatment for Byron in America and they leave the bay. During the trip, Byron dies, which leaves Marilyn heartbroken and she lets Donald go back to Australia alone.

A few years later, Donald goes to London for a book launch and thinks he sees Marilyn. She later turns up at his book reading and when she runs from the room, Donald chases after her. Marilyn apologises to him and gets on a train. She calls him the next day and they meet up. Marilyn tells him that she has become a child-minder to get over Byron. They talk and decide to end their marriage. Donald later learns that Marilyn has cancer and flies to London to support her.


Marilyn is driving back to the Bay, when she is forced to swerve her car after seeing Justin Jefferies walking along the road covered in blood. Marilyn drives Justin to the hospital and then goes to find Alf at the Surf Club. He is happy to see her and he suggests that she stays at his house as she is almost family. Marilyn tells him that she has returned to the Bay for the foreseeable future. Miles, Romeo Smith and Nicole Franklin are overwhelmed by Marilyn and her new age ideas at first, but they get used to living with her. Marilyn starts having strange dreams about Miles' imaginary friend, Rabbit, and she later dreams about Byron. She tells Alf about her dreams, but he thinks she is taking them too seriously. She encourages Miles to get help. Marilyn reveals that she is ill and Alf and Miles ask her to help out in the bait shop as a distraction. However, she chooses to use the office space to open a fortune telling business instead. Colleen is not happy about the business and she writes to the Coastal News about it. Marilyn is upset, until Miles brings her first customers, Nicole and Penn Graham, along. Marilyn meets Sid Walker at the hospital and she gives him her business card. They go on a date and then begin a relationship.

Marilyn supports Nicole after she breaks up with Penn and Sid's son, Dexter Walker develops a crush on her. Marilyn encourages Sid to talk to Dexter about his feelings for her. Marilyn's best friend, Mitzy arrives in town and tells Marilyn that she knows the time, day and month of her death. Sid does not believe Mitzy and Marilyn is not happy that he is not taking it seriously. Mitzy tells Marilyn that she has lung cancer and she later dies from a stroke. Sid asks Marilyn to move in with him and his children. As her end date draws closer, Marilyn decides to give away her possessions and make goodbye DVDs, which makes Sid uncomfortable. On the day of death, Marilyn sees a pram fall into the water and she jumps in to rescue the baby. She starts to drown and Sid finds her and manages to revive her. Nicole tells Marilyn that she is pregnant and Marilyn later offers to adopt the baby. Marilyn comes to the belief that Sid and Roo Stewart fancy each other. Nicole becomes fed up of Marilyn trying to take over and Marilyn apologises, realising that she needs to think of Nicole too. Nicole gives birth on the beach and Marilyn meets her and the baby at the hospital. Marilyn takes the baby boy and she and Sid name him George. Marilyn bonds with the baby and she holds a naming ceremony for him. Nicole later decides that she wants George back, devastating Marilyn. Marilyn takes George and decides to go to London, but Roo talks her into giving George back to Nicole.

Marilyn and Sid's relationship suffers and they break up. Marilyn moves back into Summer Bay House and she decides to become a hairdresser again to raise some money. Marilyn becomes upset when Sid tells her that he is seeing Roo. The two women argue, but eventually call a truce. Following a tarot card reading for Elijah Johnson, Marilyn briefly believes they should be together romantically. Sid opens up to Marilyn and reveals that he has another daughter called Sasha (Demi Harman). Elijah later introduces Sasha to Marilyn and she asks for a job. Marilyn supports Irene Roberts after she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Marilyn begins working at The Diner to help cover Irene's shifts and she helps organise a pink ribbon fund-raiser for her. Marilyn encourages Roo to give Harvey Ryan another chance. After John Palmer moves in, Marilyn and Roo become annoyed with his irritating habits. They stage an intervention and encourage him to become a better housemate. Marilyn worries about Colleen after Lance reveals he is moving to Las Vegas and her caravan is robbed. Marilyn helps clean things up and she finds a winning lottery ticket, which she gives to Colleen and convinces her to spend the money wisely. Marilyn realises that Colleen just wants to be near Lance and she calls him on her behalf. Lance invites his mother to Las Vegas and Marilyn and Roo throw her a leaving party. A week later, Marilyn is mugged on her way home by Jett James. She decides not to press charges when Jett apologises. Marilyn befriends Danny Braxton and he later takes her out for dinner. When Danny goes missing. Marilyn becomes worried. She is later upset when she hears he has died during a robbery. Despite this, Marilyn organises a funeral for him.

After the death of Gina Austin, Marilyn starts developing strong feelings for John and after finding out that John too feels the same way, they begin dating. In 2014, John proposed to Marilyn and they got engaged. Marilyn felt John doesn't have much family in his life. John invites his stepson Xavier to come, but he was unable to. So Marilyn invited John's daughter, Shandi to the wedding without telling John. When Marilyn met Shandi, Shandi tries to make John break-up with Marilyn, but she changed her mind. The night before the wedding, John injured himself, and Marilyn decided to postpone the wedding, but John stopped her and they married anyway.

After Jett left for military school, Marilyn and John try to become foster parents, but because she kidnapped Nicole's son, she was devastated by the denial. After Hunter broke into the Diner to steal the safe, he unintentionally knocks over a bucket and mop as well as exposed some wiring. While mopping up the spilt water, Marilyn unknowingly mopped some water near the exposed wiring and received an electric shock. She remained in a coma for a few days and when she woke up, she said she was married to Donald, meaning she lost 20 years worth of memories. Marilyn later gets all of her memory back when John reminds her of their wedding day. Marilyn and John then prepare to renew their wedding vows. However, midway through the vow renewal ceremony, she calls it off and tells John she does not want to commit due to her desire to travel overseas. John accepts Marilyn's decision and gives her a plane ticket. Marilyn then changes her mind about the vow renewal and puts the ceremony back on. Afterwards, Marilyn farewells John and leaves town to travel around the world.