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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 14 October 1943Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Strikingly buxom, ravishing and voluptuous redheaded stunner Dyanne Thorne will forever live on in cult exploitation cinema infamy for her ferocious and frightening portrayal of wicked Nazi villainess Ilsa in the notoriously nasty "Ilsa" features made throughout the 1970s.

Dyanne was born on October 14, 1943, in Greenwich, Connecticut, and grew up in New Jersey and New Zealand. She gave her first performance at age three in a church play. She studied acting in New York with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg. Dyanne made her film debut with a minor role as a college student in the comedy film Who Was That Lady? (1960). She was especially impressive as a kinky swinger in Joseph W. Sarno's sensational softcore gem Sin in the Suburbs (1964). She had a small role as a cocktail waitress in the groovy satire The President's Analyst (1967). Other memorable roles include the bumbling Fairy Godmother in the bawdy Pinocchio (1971), an alluring witch in the steamy Blood Sabbath (1972), a faithless wife in the tawdry Point of Terror (1973), a hooker in the crude Wham! Bam! Thank You, Spaceman! (1975), one of the titular lovely ladies in the wild The Swinging Barmaids (1975), a crazy asylum inmate in the tacky Hellhole (1985) and James Belushi's aggressively flirtatious transsexual father in the amusing deadpan hoot Real Men (1987).

Dyanne did guest spots on the television series Naked City (1958), Felony Squad (1966), Star Trek (1966), Car 54, Where Are You? (1961), T.H.E. Cat (1966) and The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1965). Outside of her film and television work, Thorne has also performed in Broadway road tours and done comedy on the Las Vegas stage (she starred in her own popular comedy revue called "Sex Over 40"). In real life, she's the total radical opposite of her cruel and formidable screen persona: She's a very kind and sweet woman who's an ordained minister and co-founder of the International Science of Mind Prayer Circle and runs her own private wedding chapel service with her actor/musician husband Howard Maurer in Las Vegas, Nevada.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (1)

Howard Maurer (? - present)

Trade Mark (2)

Voluptuous bombshell figure
Long flowing red hair

Trivia (3)

Began, but did not complete, her studies for her degree in Anthropology at UCLA. Instead, after 10 years of simultaneous acting, she received her Ph.D. in Comparative religion.
Has provided voiceovers for documentaries and industrial films.
Is an ordained minister alongside her husband Howard Maurer in Las Vegas, Nevada. They provide scenic outdoor weddings as an alternative to a traditional wedding chapel.

Personal Quotes (5)

A wonderfully funny letter was sent to me signed by a fraternity in Boston, Massachusetts medical school. The fraternity for doctors had voted me the body on which they would most like to operate.
It was a chance to put my craft to work. Even so, my Jewish friends were appalled that I would appear in such a film. My husband is Jewish and he went nuts when he first read the script. But as an actress I didn't think about that. I was just playing a role. It was a job to me and I did the best I could with it. I never tried to glorify Ilsa. I felt she was a character to pity, rather than to emulate. I wanted to show the truth about her.
If you do too good a job of playing a villain, you will suffer for it. Well-known friends of mine in the industry reprimanded me for it. They said the film would hurt my Hollywood career and that people would hate me personally for playing Ilsa -- and they were right. It caused me to lose a good deal of film work. I could no longer get in to see the major studio casting directors and I couldn't even get an agent to represent me. They were scared to handle me.
There have been so many broken hopes and false promises in my career. But I just keep on keeping on. It's my versatility that has kept me alive -- not necessarily my talent, but my willingness to try anything. I know I've brought pleasure to a certain group of people. If I had been in more conventional Hollywood films, perhaps I would have been lost in the shuffle.
[on the subject of the best and worst aspects of playing Ilsa] Well, we didn't rehearse at all, so that was difficult at times. There was a lot of stress, but it was really cool learning how to shoot a gun. I went to target practice!

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