Arlene Dahl

Actor, Junior copywriter, Model
With her lush red hair and signature beauty mark, Arlene Dahl joined the court of MGM royalty in late 1940s and early 1950s, soon becoming more an icon of womanly elegance than of thespian prowess. A Minnesota native ... Read more »
Born: 08/10/1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

Night of the Warrior 1991 (Movie)

Edie Keane (Actor)

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Boat: Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Land Raiders 1969 (Movie)

Martha Carden (Actor)

Kisses For My President 1963 (Movie)

Doris Reid (Actor)

Journey to the Center of the Earth 1959 (Movie)

Carla (Actor)

Bengal Brigade 1954 (Movie)

Vivian Morrow (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (11/17/53) 1953 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

Woman's World 1954 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Desert Legion 1953 (Movie)

Morjana (Actor)

Jamaica Run 1953 (Movie)

Ena Dacey (Actor)

Here Come the Girls 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

No Questions Asked 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Watch the Birdie 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Glorious Technicolor (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With her lush red hair and signature beauty mark, Arlene Dahl joined the court of MGM royalty in late 1940s and early 1950s, soon becoming more an icon of womanly elegance than of thespian prowess. A Minnesota native, Dahl followed the standard pattern of fresh-scrubbed, Midwestern girl-makes-it-big, whose ravishing looks and curvaceous figure vaulted her from beer advertising to the silver screen almost overnight. Paired early in films with Red Skelton and Van Johnson, she largely played the role of eye-candy, often in color-filmed adventures and fluffy comedies. She distinguished herself more in smaller films with more textured roles, including as a vampy French conspirator in "Reign of Terror" (1949) and a felonious temptress in "Slightly Scarlet" (1956). The limelight fell on her personal life as well, via celebrity couplings with "Tarzan" Lex Barker and "Latin Lover" Fernando Lamas, both tempestuous unions and the first of her many marriages. A colorful sci-fi splash in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1959) signified the apex of her film career, but she had already established a plan B as a beauty and fashion maven via a syndicated newspaper column, which she would expand into a book series and a lucrative career in advertising and the beauty products industry. After going bankrupt in the early 1970s, Dahl returned to show business for a smattering of television projects, highlighted by a three-year stint on the soap opera, "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1968- ), and would reinvent herself again as a celebrity astrologer. She wound down her screen career with intermittent appearances in projects starring her son, Lorenzo Lamas. A star of stage, screen and business, Dahl turned her relatively short stint as the toast of Hollywood into a launch pad to become a kind of pre-feminist Renaissance woman.

Relationships

Lex Barker Actor

Husband
Married April 16, 1951 Divorced Oct. 15, 1952

Chris Holmes

Husband
Married Oct. 15, 1960 Divorced Oct. 13, 1964

Fernando Lamas Director

Husband
Married June 25, 1954 Divorced 1960

Lorenzo Lamas Actor

Son
Born Jan. 20, 1958; father, Fernando Lamas

Alexis Lichine

Husband
Married Dec. 23, 1964 Divorced 1969

Carole McCarthy

Daughter
Born Aug. 3, 1961; father, Chris Holmes

Marc Rosen

Husband
Married July 30, 1984

Rounsevelle Schaum

Husband
Married Dec. 7, 1969 Divorced 1976

Rounsevelle Schaum

Son
Born Dec. 8, 1970; father, Rounsevelle Schaum

Milestones

1995

Cast as Lady Lucille in ABC's "All My Children"

1981

Portrayed Lucinda Wilson on ABC's "One Life to Live"

1969

Replaced Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing in the Broadway musical "Applause"

1959

Starred in the adventure film "Journey to the Center of the Earth"

1953

Hosted "The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse" for ABC

1953

Co-starred with Bob Hope in "Here Come the Girls"

1950

Co-starred in the western "Ambush," with Robert Taylor and John Hodiak

1948

Appeared in the comedy film "A Southern Yankee"

1947

First feature film, "Life with Father"

1946

Named Rheingold Beer Girl

1944

Made Broadway debut in "Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston"

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