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Dyanne Thorne - The Story
Only in the wacky world of exploitation films could a kindhearted, Las Vegas based comedy actress and sketch comedienne attract a worldwide cult following for playing a demented Nazi dominatrix with a preference Ilse - Slagteren Fra Junglefængslet (video cover)for pain and a passion for power. To Dyanne Thorne--an ordained minister and co-founder of the International Science of Mind Prayer Circle--her brief reign as the inimitable Ilsa in a quartet of raunchy atrocity romps during the 1970s, unleashed a torrent of controversy and condemnation that persists after more than a quarter of a century. Indeed, Sweet birdy in the cage - Dyanne Thorne is dressing upso convincing were her uninhibited performances in "She Wolf of the S.S.", "Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks", "The Wicked Warden" and "The Tigress of Siberia", that Thorne was branded a Hollywood outlaw, and has been virtually banned from the commercial movie mainstream career since.

Thorne made her acting debut in a church play at age three. A natural redhead, whose voluptuous physical attributes blossomed early, she had a 19-inch waist, 35-inch hips and a 37-inch bust by the time she was 15. Determined since adolescence to become a working actress, she studied with famed acting teachers Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler, A struggling New York actress in he early 60s, Thorne alternated bit parts in such TV series as "Naked City" and "Car 54, Where Are You?" with appearances in Broadway musical comedies. Her one scene, as a musician, was cut from the 1963 drama "Love with the Proper Stranger" and she was never paid for her first lead, as a murderess, in the 1965 thriller "Encounter", directed by award winner, Norman Chaipin, and Little Bobby DeNiro played her step-son.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1966, Thorne made the rounds of TV guest shots, with small roles in "The Wackiest Ship in the Army", "Felony Squad", "T.H.E. Cat" and the "A Piece of the Action" episode of Interner Link"Star Trek". Dyanne Thorne with Spanish director Jess Franco in 'The Wicked Warden'Most of her footage, as a blue-skinned cocktail waitress, was cut from the 1967 satire "The President's Analyst". Frustrated by her lack of progress in mainstream Hollywood, Thorne found more promising opportunities elsewhere. Beginning in 1970, she alternated comedy stage work in Las Vegas and Broadway road tours with prominent roles in low budget, independent exploitation features: as an abused wife in "Love Me Like I Do"; a homicidally unfaithful spouse in "Point of Terror;" an inept--and frequently nude--Fairy Godmother in "The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio"; a tourist in the Swedish travelogue "Castles Under the Noonday Moon"; a witch in Interner Link"Blood Sabbath"; a hooker in "Wham Bam Thank You, Spaceman" (opposite her husband, actor/musician Howard Maurer); and a call girl in "Alias: Big Cherry".
Finally, in 1974, Thorne scored her most challenging assignment yet, in the title role of "Ilsa: She Wolf of the S.S.". Cruel and arrogant in complete contrast to her warm and gracious personality--Thorne as frighteningly believable as the imperious Ilsa. The result was a box office bonanza for distributor Cambist Films, and aBook cover of 'Ilsa Chronicles' professional debacle for the guileless actress. Ostracized by her friends and colleagues, she played a murder victim in the 1975 mystery "The Swinging Barmaids" before returning to bondage as "Ilsa: Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks". After five small roles in the 1976 comedy "Chesty Anderson, U.S. Navy" Thorne went to Switzerland and Portugal to portray South American torturess "Greta Del Pino" in "No Man's Land"--which eventually surfaced theatrically as "Wanda: The Wicked Warden" and on video as "Ilsa: The Wicked Warden". By then, she had completed her final, Candian made Ilsa installment, "Ilsa: The Tigress of Siberia".

Banished from the cinema spotlight, Thorne retreated to the safety of Las Vegas, where her reputation as a versatile stage performer has never been tarnished by her sinister screen image. She has continued to appear on stage as Miss Thorne with her husband Howard Maurera comedienne in one show after another for the past 20 years in popular shows at several major hotels, including working as a foil for Tim Conway Show at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. Devoting her energies to self-improvement. As a professor of comparative religions, she utilizes her Doctorate in Divinity to conduct outdoor "scenic weddings" and lectures on "success motivation" at seminars. She often performs mental magic as psychic "Mademoiselle Le Normand" at business conventions and special parties.

Thus occupied wth her varied entreprenurial activities, Thorne has infrequently returned to the screen in a handful of small roles. In the 1984 women's prison shocker "Hellhole" as a mother in the 1985 Mexican drama "La Nieve Del Sur" asDyanne Thorne did several full frontal nudies in her early film career James Belushi's transsexual father in the 1987 comedy "Real Men" and as a bride (with her husband as the groom) in the "Tristan und Isolde" segment of the 1988 musical anthology "Aria". Surprised and delighted that her indelible Ilsa exploits have inspired a loyal fan following, Dyanne Thorne wears her show business scars like badges of honor. Although she would like to resume full-time film acting, she is too pragmatic to hope she can recapture the glory days of her "Ilsa" infamy. Nevertheless, she believes she still has a contribution to make as a well rounded character actress--if only a perceptive director will recognize her talent. Meanwhile, there is always another audience of Las Vegas tourists to entertain.
© Steve Swires
Ilsa - The Tigress Of Siberia (DVD cover) Ilsa - She Wolf Of The SS (DVD cover) Ilsa, The Wicked Warden (DVD cover) Ilsa - Harem Keeper Of The Oil Sheiks (DVD cover)
Real Men (DVD cover) Ilsa - Hun-Ulven Fra SS (artwork) Sin In The Suburbs (artwork) Greta - La Donna Bestia (artwork)


- Dyanne Thorne was born 14. october 1932 in Greenwich, Connecticut (USA).
- In some of her movies she appeared under the names of Rosalee Stein or Diane Thorne.
- The original "Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS" was shot in only 9 days.
- The film setting used for "Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS" is the same at which the 60s serial "Hogans Heroes" was made. Until the begin of the shooting this set had been abandoned for 6 years.
- "She Wolf of the SS" has not been released in Germany since today. There is a Swiss version available under the title "Die Hündin von Liebeslager 7", which was heavily cut by the censorship.
- Jess Franco's movie "Greta - Haus ohne Männer" is marketed as "Ilsa - The Wicked Warden" in the US.
- The original title of "Greta" actually is "No Man's Land".
- The director Jean La Fleur, later known for making children's movies, filmed "Ilsa - The Tigress of Sibiria" without having seen any movie with Dyanne Thorne before.
- The German videotapes of "Ilsa - Haremswächterin des Ölscheichs" (Videophone) and "Ilsa - Die Tigerin" (UfA) were both cut.
- Ivan Reitman, famous producer of the two Interner Link"Ghostbusters" movies and some more well known comedies, also acted as the producer of "Ilsa - The Tigress Of Siberia".
- There exist two versions of the torture scene of "Ilsa - Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks", where the female agents chests get squeezed in the vise. The more tame only shows two crushed melons.
- The English artist Daniel Edwards portrayed Dyanne Thornes career in adult movies on amazing paintings.
This biography has been made available by Steve Swires.
Thank you, Steve!
Fabian Paffendorf

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