Lorna Maitland Was “Mondo Topless”! Her Wild Film Career And Tragic Life!

Looking At The Life And Career Of Lorna Maitland…

My “2022 Sex Kitten Countdown” looks at some of the biggest stars of cult cinema across many decades, including the early 60’s, when sex and nudity were rarely shown onscreen due to censorship laws…until one Director blew the doors off!

Lorna Maitland was one of Director Russ Meyer’s discoveries – and she became one of the most well known “nudie cuties” of that era!

She was born Barbara Ann Popejoy on November 19, 1943. She was born in Glendale, California, located in the shadow of Hollywood – but her parents moved to Norman, Oklahoma where she grew up.

Thanks to “The Rialto Report” for these childhood photos…I have more from them later in the story!

Lorna got into modeling and ultimately ended up in Reno Nevada, as part of a dance troupe called The Delta Queens.

But it was her encounter with Director Russ Meyer that led to her screen debut in her most provocative film!

This is how Meyer promoted his films: hints of nudity, sex and debauchery – and boy, did it work!

Barbara’s big film break – and name change – came in 1964 when Russ Meyer made her the star of “Lorna!”

Lorna played Lorna, a sexually unsatisfied newlywed. This was an “adult” film at a time when sex and nudity were never seen in mainstream movies.

There are many places to read in-depth analysis of Meyer and his films, but everyone agrees that he was a driving force for nudity and sexual situations in film at a time when it wasn’t part of the mainstream at all.

Check out the poster for Lorna’s next Meyer film, with the line:

“Made from the juice of life!”

“Mudhoney” followed in 1965, a tale of sex and violence during America’s great depression. As you can see, it also offered more opportunities to showcase Lorna!

Meyer’s magnum “nudie cutie” opus was “Mondo Topless!” This 1966 film used footage of Lorna previously shot with her for his two films…

Next, Director Dale Berry shot two footage with Lorna – and also used that material in a film called “Hip Hot And 21!”

Note how the poster offers her up a a “special guest star!” She appeared once again as a “guest star” in this Berry film as well:

“Hot Thrills And Warm Chills!”

Three women who haven’t seen each other for years meet at a motel to talk about what they’ve done since they were together, and also to plan a heist of the King of Sex’s crown during the upcoming Mardi Gras carnival.

Check out this wild trailer~!

Lorna had screen presence and this was a time when nudity on film was suggested far more than shown, and photos like this were sold “under the counter”:

Of course, “The Rialto Report” told the story of Lorna Maitland’s life and career…she never made another film – instead, she got married and had two children…

Lorna’s Psychological Breakdown…

The Rialto Report goes deep into the next decades of Lorna’s life – as she suffered through mental breakdowns…a sad story but beautifully researched and written as usual for this terrific website.

Click here to read it all:

Director Russ Meyer exposed the world to some of the greatest 60’s “nudie cuties” like Lorna:

Edy Williams had a wild run of cult cinema for Meyer, and you can see her biggest hits by clicking on my story here:

Meyer married some of this stars as well:

Eve Meyer worked with her husband, and then had a great career of her own after they divorced…read her story here:

And one of Meyer’s most beautiful stars isn’t highlighted as much as a few of her co-stars:

Susan Bernard starred in one of Meyer’s most notorious films – see her story here:

One of the Actresses I see commented on most is indeed a sex “kitten:”

Kitten Natividad had a wild career and you can see her biggest hits here:

Another one of his Actresses was the exotic Haji:

She was an empowered Actress who really popped onscreen…see more of her work by clicking on my story here:

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7 replies

  1. I was a big fan of Russ Meyer’s films, and have seen Mondo Topless. But I was not aware of her other work with Russ until now. Thanks for a great feature, John.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Lorna was certainly a trailblazer and it’s sad to hear about her unhappy later life.

    My fave Meyer star was Erica Gavin whom you’ve featured, sensational in her ground-breaking role in Vixen. I adored her in that.

    Thanks again for such a great site, John.

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  3. Lorna was Russ Meyer’s most beautiful and bustiest movie doll. She deserved more movie roles.



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