Meet Dyanne Thorne, born on October 14, 1943, in Greenwich, Connecticut, US. She 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 such as 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.
Despite the fact that Ilsa was killed at the end of the film, she was 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”.