Uschi Digard: SuperSoul
Podcast 19

Uschi Digard: SuperSoul <br>Podcast 19

On this episode of The Rialto Report, we’re joined by Uschi Digard – legendary star of 1970s sexploitation films and magazine spreads, and frequent collaborator of Russ Meyer.

This episode running time is 67 minutes.

Uschi DigardUschi Digard always seemed to be larger than life.

She was an indestructible, formidable pin up beauty who was emblematic of the sexual revolution in California. From the late 1960s through to the early 1980s, she was in hundreds of magazine spreads, had many issues dedicated to her, and appeared in countless softcore films.

Her Amazonian features and natural good looks meant that she was always in demand as she proved popular with fans.

Or in the words of director Russ Meyer, her close friend and frequent collaborator, she was a buxom cantilevered barracuda who was a Trojan at work.

Russ was a man’s man, a World War 2 veteran, and a tough task master, and in Uschi he met his match and found the perfect foil. The combination of her sex appeal with her unsentimental, tireless work ethic resulted in a close friendship that lasted decades.

Uschi DigardBut for someone with such a larger than life presence, Uschi was also elusive and deeply private. Her face and body may have been all over the magazines but her own voice was notably absent. Throughout her long career as a nude model and actress she revealed everything, but revealed nothing.

She rarely gave interviews, and the scant biographical information that was published was often fabricated. It was said that she was an interpreter at the United Nations, she came from Sweden, she had a perfume line that was big in Asia, and if her published birth date is to be believed then she recently celebrated her 65th birthday.

All this is false.

And as it turns out, the wealth of untrue information bothers Uschi herself as well. So, in order to set the record straight, she recently wrote a biography called ‘I Used To Be Uschi’ just to finally set the record straight.

The trouble is how do you correct so many misconceptions without drawing attention to yourself? How do you go public but stay private?

On this episode of The Rialto Report, we’re very happy that Uschi Digard has agreed to talk about her life. For someone who never wanted the attention of being a star, we’re truly grateful to her.

The Rialto Report is indebted to photographer, Paul Johnson, for the first three pictures below. For more excellent photos by Paul and information about his life, visit Paul’s website at Paul’s Fantasy.


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  • Posted On: 25th August 2013
  • By: The Rialto Report
  • Under: Podcasts


  1. Franklin Jones · August 20, 2013 Reply

    Yet again The Rialto Report continues to astonish and impress. I’ve been waiting for an interview with Uschi for years.

    At last there’s a site that’s taking this film history seriously – instead of thinking that reviews of films, or worse still some freshman academic theory (“porno auteurs”?! – gimme a break…), amounts to actual value.

  2. Roy G. Biv · August 20, 2013 Reply

    Agreed Franklin…astonishing and impressive! It’s quickly become one of my favorite sites. Unfortunately, though, when it comes to porn, there’s a definite paucity of sites that meaningfully review films. (I once submitted a review of Misty Beethoven to a massive DVD retail site hires its own reviewers, and they didn’t even respond to me. When I started reading the reviews there, I knew why. The so-called “reviews” were essentially laundry lists of the sex scenes with valuations strictly of the sex (i.e. “Scene 2: Sally Smith reverse cowgirl with John Doe. Lukewarm scene with too few closeups of penetration.”). On your other point, I haven’t come across too many sites that take the artistry of their makers very seriously, or possess much that’s meanigful or insightful. Auteur theory can, I think, make for a valuable framework to seriously study important artists, and to some degree I feel the notion underpins some of the amazing content here at the Report.

    Can’t wait for the next podcast, and whatver else the Report has in store for us!

    • Ashley West · August 27, 2013 Reply

      We agree – and there are some excellent sites with good quality writing out there.

      We recommend Gore Gore Girl’s site for example for some intelligent and thoughtful film writing.

  3. William Margold · August 22, 2013 Reply

    Uschi’s mammoth amount of warmth and kindness towards me way back in the summer of 1972— during the making of “The Goddaughter”— may well have been the igniting force behind my passion to present the performers within The Adult Entertainment Industry as genuine human beings.

  4. Joe · August 26, 2013 Reply

    At last – I’ve been waiting years for this!
    An engrossing and gripping interview with a real legend.

    Thank you Rialto Report!

  5. Pius · August 27, 2013 Reply

    Incredible to finally hear Uschi being interviewed, thank you so very much!

    I wonder if there are any plans to possibly transcribe the interview?

    • Ashley West · August 27, 2013 Reply

      Great idea – and yes, we’re thinking about the best way to transcribe all the interviews and make them available.

      In fact most of the interviews are actually usually well over 3 hours long and are edited down – so we’d like to include some additional content as well.

      Thnaks for your interest!

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  7. Uschi fan · September 1, 2013 Reply

    The holy grail of interviews!
    Great piece of interviewing too.
    Thanks RR!

    Now how about some Desiree Cousteau..?

  8. MLP · September 5, 2013 Reply

    This was amazing! I still can’t believe I just listened to such a great, in-depth interview with Uschi Digard. Not only was it filled with information us Uschi fans have been waiting for for years, it was above all great joy to hear her tell her own story. You couldn’t be better at interviewing people – right questions with respect. I’m very grateful for the Rialto Report. Thank you.

  9. J. Walter Puppybreath · September 8, 2013 Reply

    Fantastic stuff!!
    Yeah, that bio info was gleaned from “interviews” in a few early skin mags, which were clearly bogus. Thought it was a load then, so nice to hear from the lady herself.

  10. J. Walter Puppybreath · September 8, 2013 Reply

    The elaborate pool Uschi refers to, where she did a few shoots, was at the Harold Lloyd estate.

  11. inehitur · September 15, 2013 Reply

    I hope to be able to read the transcript of the interview to be able to translate into Italian.
    Ms. Uschi was much more than an actress of film “exploitation” was a Mediterranean beauty blond-haired not a pin up USA by pale white skin. In short, a female, the “dream” of us teenagers of the 60’s we discovered that gradually the female nude to the rhythm of the concessions of a censure, the Italian, who had been very severe in the past 20 years (1945-1965). When it was gradually abolished (1965-1971) photos of uschi were almost in each publication. It ‘been a pleasure to find it on the web (we suddenly rejuvenated). With all his photos and films and movies, all without vulgarity. As a true Lady, beautiful, thanks Uschi.

    • Bluesman · December 23, 2014 Reply

      She mentioned her musician boyfriend that played with the Don Ellis band. Any idea what his full name is?

  12. Nick D'Annunzio Jones · September 17, 2013 Reply

    Actually, I think the holy grail would be Nancy Suiter. Several journos have spent time on the case only to come up empty-handed. If anyone can find her, I suspect it would be this site.

  13. Roy G. Biv · October 9, 2013 Reply

    now that i’ve finally got around to listening to it, i can genuinely say many thanks! and to think there’s twice this much content is mindboggling, and i concur that it would be wonderful to see it all transcribed. uschi did so much, that there remains so much i’m curious about. who was “kentucky jones”, credited as director of The Manson Massacre? how did she end up clothed in Climax of Blue Power, and what about frost retooling a shelved grindhouse roughie for the market in the mirror of Porno Chic?

  14. requiem · November 6, 2013 Reply

    Great Job.

    Is there anything of the bio written down yet that i can translate it easy to other languages? I cant find any of this new information in the www.

    thx so far.

  15. Keith Crocker · November 20, 2013 Reply

    Ashley, this was fantastic. I always admired this girl, but after this interview my respect for her has grown even more in leaps and bounds. What a smart and in control lady she is, furthermore she is not greedy, not in any way, she makes what she needs to live and is very, very content. I am so impressed with this interview, you always do such a fantastic job, if you had these interviews transcribed it would make a hell of a book. I did an article on Uschi in Exploitation Journal Vol. 3 #2, I always felt she wasn’t visible enough publicity wise, but now I see she didn’t really want that type of visibility. Great stuff, keep up the great work. Truly amazing!

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  20. CS · May 16, 2015 Reply

    That was a wonderful and highly entertaining interview. Uschi is a goddess and I always respected her and her work. To hear her thoughtful answers and get to know her character made me respect and like her even more.

    The interviewers questions were tasteful, well researched and presented beautifully.

    Great job….great woman…best wishes and thanks Uschi

  21. Michael · January 1, 2016 Reply

    I once said to Bill Rotsler when he visited Australia that I envied him working with Uschi Digard. He just shook his head and muttered “A wonderful lady — wonderful lady.” He once told her that she would be (then) the most photographed nude model of all time, but she found this hard to believe.

  22. Frank Kight · January 30, 2016 Reply

    When is Uschi going to write her life story? It would be a great autobiography.

  23. John · September 20, 2016 Reply

    Where can we get ‘I Used To Be Uschi’?

  24. Felix · July 9, 2020 Reply

    Thanks for the pod on Ms. Digard. I’m sure I speak for many other listeners here in suggesting an interview with Kitten Natividad on Rialto. That would complete a triumvirate of Uschi, Kitten, and Candy (Samples).

    Thanks again.

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