Arlene Dahl, Actress and Spouse of Actor Lorenzo Lamas
Arlene Dahl is a retired actress who was once one of the most famous stars from the Classic Hollywood cinema era. She has an estimated net worth of $6 million.
She was born on August 11, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is of Norwegian descent. Her father was a car dealer and her mother was involved in amateur theater.
Arlene Dahl was born on August 11, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Arlene Dahl is an actress and former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star who achieved notability during the 1950s. She is the mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas.
Her beautiful appearance captivated audiences, but she found that the glamour of Hollywood confined her to character roles. She left MGM in 1959, establishing herself as a writer and beauty columnist.
She was a beauty-conscious woman who was also a businesswoman, founding Arlene Dahl Enterprises in the mid-1950s, which sold lingerie and cosmetics. She also wrote a syndicated astrology column and several books on astrology and beauty.
A classic example of a “redheaded bombshell” who was forced to be typecast by her beauty, Dahl became a popular and respected MGM actress in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She was known for her performances in Reign of Terror, Three Little Words and Woman’s World.
After her acting career died down, she took on the role of a celebrity astrologer and was featured in a variety of television projects, including a three-year stint on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live as Lucinda Schenck Wilson. She later devoted herself to her family and her son, Lorenzo Lamas. She is survived by her husband, Marc Rosen; daughters Christina and Carole Christine; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Arlene Dahl married six times
A Minnesota native, Dahl was stage-struck in high school and made her way to New York. After modeling she signed with Warner Bros, making her first credited appearance in the 1947 musical My Wild Irish Rose and later moved to MGM where she appeared as Van Johnson’s glamorous ex-fiancee in 1948’s The Bride Goes Wild.
She went on to star in many films, mainly westerns and adventure movies during the 1950s. Her most notable roles included Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), in which she teamed up with James Mason and Pat Boone as Victorian explorers who burrow deep into the Earth’s core.
In addition to her career as an actress, Dahl was also a fashion model and founded her own cosmetics company. She also wrote more than two dozen books on astrology and was a practicing numerologist.
Her first husband was actor Lex Barker of Tarzan fame; her second was dashing Argentina-born leading man Fernando Lamas; her third was oilman Christian Holmes, III; and her fourth and fifth husbands were Fleischmann’s yeast heir Christopher Holmes, wine importer Alexis Lichine and investor Rounsevelle Schaum. Her sixth husband was businessman Marc Rosen, whom she married in 1984. She is survived by her son Lorenzo from her second marriage, daughter Carole from her third marriage and a son Stephen from her fifth marriage.
Arlene Dahl died on July 30, 1984
Arlene Dahl, the actress whose charm and striking red hair shone in such Technicolor movies of the 1950s as “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” died on Monday in New York. Her son, actor Lorenzo Lamas, said in a post on Facebook and Instagram that she had passed away earlier in the day.
She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 11, 1925. A stage-struck child, she moved to New York in her early teens and embarked on a modeling and acting career.
Initially, she was under contract at Warner Bros. but left the studio to join MGM, where she costarred with Red Skelton in A Southern Yankee and Watch the Birdie. She also appeared in two Westerns, Ambush and The Outriders, as well as the musical Three Little Words.
After her film career, she branched out to become a beauty writer and cosmetics executive. She founded Arlene Dahl Enterprises and wrote a syndicated beauty column, “Let’s Be Beautiful,” for the Chicago Tribune, which ran for more than two decades.
She was married six times, including to actors Lex Barker and Fernando Lamas. Her other husbands included Fleischmann’s yeast heir Christopher Holmes, wine importer Alexis Lichine and investor Rounsevelle Schaum. She is survived by her son, Lamas; a daughter, Carole Delouvrier; and another son, Stephen Schaum. She was also a grandmother to nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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