Dyanne Thorne (born October 14, 1943, in Greenwich, Connecticut, US) is an American actress, nude model for pin-up magazines, and former Las Vegas showgirl. She is best known for starring in four "Ilsa" sexploitation movies that influenced the Nazi exploitation film genre.


Thorne first appeared as "Lahna Monroe" in the 1964 sexploitation film Sin in the Suburbs from grindhouse director Joseph W. Sarno. Her co-star, Audrey Campbell, would soon star as the dominatrix Olga in a series of "roughie" films ( Olga's House of Shame , et al.). Thorne continued to make exploitation films and sex comedies like Love Me Like I Do (1970) and Wam-Bam, Thank You, Spaceman (1973) before attaining notoriety as Ilsa, a cruel Nazi dominatrix similar to Campbell's Olga. Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS (1974) was a surprise hit that spawned three sequels and a flood of imitators.

The first Ilsa movie was filmed on the prison camp sets left behind from the Hogan's Heroes television series. [2]

Despite the fact that Ilsa was killed at the end of the film, she had been resurrected for a sequel, Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks . This was set in the Middle East in an unspecified post-war time period. This was followed by Ilsa, the Tigress of Siberia with Ilsa as the sadistic and over-sexed leader of a Russian gulag in 1953. The last film, Ilsa, the Wicked Warden takes place in a corrupt Latin American "banana republic".

Later years

Contrary to a few publications, Thorne did start, but she didn't complete, her studies for a degree in anthropology. Instead, throughout 10 years of simultaneous acting, she earned a Ph.D. in Comparative religion. [3]

Thorne had married Howard Maurer in 1974. (Both had roles in five of the same movies.) As of late June of 2014, both were ordained ministers, who owned an alternative wedding business in Las Vegas, Nevada. They conducted scenic outdoor weddings as an alternative to a traditional wedding chapel. [3] [4] [5] [5]

Selected filmography

TV appearances