Doris Wishman, who created such cult classic nudist films as “Bad Girls Go to Hell” in the 1960s, died of cancer Aug. 10 in Miami. Her passport listed her as 82, but her family believes she was 90.
Sometimes referred to as the female Ed Wood, she made more than 30 small-budget B movies, her first being “Hideout in the Sun,” shot in 1960. Her films are known for sexual exploits of their female characters, taking advantage of court rulings in the 1960s that removed nudist camps from censorship. Her pics were also known for showing the violent exploitation of women.
Other of her pics that have gained a following include “Another Day, Another Man” and “Nude on the Moon,” which featured astronauts visiting female alien nudists.
Her career waned in the ’80s, but “Satan Was a Lady,” Wishman’s first release in 15 years, made a splash at this year’s Miami Film Festival.
Manhattan native’s mother died when filmmaker was young. Father, who sold hay and grain, then moved his six kids out of the city. Future helmer attended Hunter College and studied acting. She took a job as a secretary and movie booker in a relative’s film distrib biz, married an ad exec and moved to Florida; her husband died a few years later. That’s when she decided to fill her time making films, including “Blaze Starr Goes Nudist,” starring the burlesque queen as herself. Later she made slasher film “A Night to Dismember.”
Her last movie, “Each Time I Kill,” will probably be released later this year.
After her first husband died, she moved back to New York and remarried, but that union ended in divorce and she moved again to Florida.
She is survived by a sister.