Arlene Carol Dahl (born August 11, 1925) is an American actress and former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star, who achieved notability during the 1950s. She has three children, the eldest of whom is actor Lorenzo Lamas.
Dahl in 1953
Arlene Carol Dahl
August 11, 1925
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S |
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota|
|Occupation||Actress, businesswoman, columnist|
(m. 1951; div. 1952)
(m. 1954; div. 1960)
Christian R. Holmes
(m. 1960; div. 1964)
(m. 1964; div. 1969)
Rounsevelle W. Schaum
(m. 1969; div. 1976)
|Children||3, including Lorenzo Lamas|
Arlene Carol Dahl was born on August 11, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota of Norwegian descent to Idelle (née Swan) and Rudolph Dahl, a Ford Motor dealer and executive. She cites her year of birth as 1928, although her birth record (1925-43442), available through the Minnesota Historical Society, shows she was born on August 11, 1925. An August 13, 2014 article in The New York Social Diary by David Patrick Columbia, entitled "Losses and Gains", references her 89th birthday celebration with her husband, children, and family.
As a child, Dahl took elocution and dancing lessons and was active in theatrical events at Margaret Fuller Elementary School, Ramsey Junior High School, and Washburn Senior High School. After graduating from high school, she held various jobs, including performing in a local drama-group and briefly working as a model for department stores. Dahl's mother was involved in local amateur theatre. Dahl briefly attended the University of Minnesota.
A year after graduation from high school, Dahl went to Chicago, where she was a buyer for Marshall and Brown and worked as a model. She then traveled to New York, where she successfully auditioned for a part in the play Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston in 1945. This led to her getting the lead in another play, Questionable Ladies, which was seen by a talent scout from Hollywood.
Dahl had an uncredited bit in Life with Father (1947). She was promoted to leading lady in My Wild Irish Rose (1947) with Dennis Morgan, a big hit that led to an offer from MGM for a long-term contract.
Eagle-Lion hired her to star as the female lead in Reign of Terror (1949), then at MGM she acted opposite Van Johnson in Scene of the Crime (1949), Robert Taylor in Ambush (1950), Joel McCrea in The Outriders (1950), Fred Astaire and Skelton in Three Little Words (1950) (playing Eileen Percy), and Skelton again in Watch the Birdie (1950).
She went to Universal to co-star with Alan Ladd in a French Foreign Legion story, Desert Legion (1953); then Pine-Thomas used her again in Jamaica Run (1953) and Sangaree (1953). The latter starred Fernando Lamas, whom Dahl would marry.
She began writing a syndicated beauty column in 1952, and opened Arlene Dahl Enterprises in 1954, marketing cosmetics and designer lingerie.
Dahl made some films in England for Columbia: Wicked as They Come (1956) and Fortune Is a Woman (1957). In 1957, she sued Columbia for $1 million, saying the film's advertisements for Wicked as They Come were "lewd" and "degraded" her. A judge threw out the suit.
Dahl hosted the short-lived TV series Opening Night (1958) and had the female lead in the adventure movie Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), opposite James Mason and Pat Boone. She was injured on set making the latter, but it turned out to be one of her most successful films.
In 1960, she played the role of Lucy Belle in the Riverboat TV series episode "That Taylor Affair", alongside Darren McGavin. The same year, she married Texas oilman Christian Holmes and announced her retirement from acting. The marriage did not last, but Dahl increasingly diversified her work to become a lecturer and beauty consultant, as well as continuing her acting.
She had a supporting role in Kisses for My President (1964) and appeared in Land Raiders (1969), The Pleasure Pit (1969), and the French film Du blé en liasses. She could be seen on TV in Burke's Law, and Theatre of Stars.
Her focus by now was on business. After closing her company in 1967, she began serving as vice president at ad agency Kenyon and Eckhardt that same year.
Dahl moved to Sears Roebuck as director of beauty products in 1970, earning nearly $750,000 annually, but left in 1975 to found her short-lived, fragrance company Dahlia.
She had a role on the soap opera All My Children and guest-starred on Love, American Style, Jigsaw John, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat. She made a TV movie The Deadly Dream (1971). "I like acting," she said in 1978, "but I had better like business better or I'll lose my shirt."
In 1981, Dahl declared personal bankruptcy, with liabilities of almost $1 million and assets of only $623,970. Her chief creditor was the United States government's Small Business Administration, which guaranteed a $450,000 loan for her as an executive in a cosmetic firm. She had lost $163,000 from burglaries of jewelry and furs from her Manhattan apartment, and had earned $11,367 in 1980 and $10,517 in 1979.
Dahl appeared on ABC's soap opera One Life to Live from 1981 to 1984 as Lucinda Schenck Wilson. The character was planned as a short-term role (she guest-starred from late 1981 to early 1982 and in late 1982), but Dahl later was offered a one-year contract to appear on the series from September 1983 to October 1984. She starred in the film A Place to Hide (1988).
Her last feature film role, which followed a hiatus of more than two decades, was in Night of the Warrior (1991). It co-starred her son Lorenzo Lamas.
She entered the field of astrology in the 1980s, writing a syndicated column and later operating a premium phoneline company. Dahl has written more than two dozen books on the topics of beauty and astrology.
In the early 1950s, Dahl met actor Lex Barker; they wed on April 16, 1951, and divorced the following year (Barker later married Lana Turner). Dahl went on to marry another matinee idol, Fernando Lamas. In 1958, Dahl and Lamas had their only child, Lorenzo Lamas. Shortly after giving birth to Lorenzo, Dahl slowed and eventually ended her career as an actress, although she still appeared in films and on television occasionally.
Dahl and Lamas divorced in 1960, and Dahl later remarried.
In addition to Lorenzo Lamas, Dahl has two other children: a daughter Christina Carole Holmes (born August 3, 1961) by third husband Christian R. Holmes, and a second son, Rounsevelle Andreas Schaum (born December 7, 1970), by her fifth husband, Rounsevelle W. Schaum. She has six grandchildren (one of whom is Shayne Lamas) and two great-grandchildren. She divides her time between New York City and West Palm Beach, Florida.
|1947||My Wild Irish Rose||Rose Donovan|
|1948||The Bride Goes Wild||Tillie Smith Oliver|
|A Southern Yankee||Sallyann Weatharby|
|1949||Scene of the Crime||Gloria Conovan|
|Reign of Terror||Madelon|
|The Outriders||Jen Gort|
|Three Little Words||Eileen Percy|
|Watch the Birdie||Lucia Corlone|
|1951||Inside Straight||Lily Douvane|
|No Questions Asked||Ellen Sayburn Jessman|
|1952||Caribbean Gold||Christine Barclay McAllister|
|Jamaica Run||Ena Dacey|
|Here Come the Girls||Irene Bailey|
|The Diamond Queen||Queen Maya|
|1954||Woman's World||Carol Talbot|
|Bengal Brigade||Vivian Morrow|
|1956||Slightly Scarlet||Dorothy Allen|
|Wicked as They Come||Kathleen "Kathy" Allen|
|1957||Fortune Is a Woman||Sarah Moreton Branwell|
|1959||Journey to the Center of the Earth||Carla Göteborg|
|1964||Kisses for My President||Doris Reid Weaver|
|1967||Les Poneyttes||Shoura Cassidy|
|1969||The Pleasure Pit||Laureen|
|1970||Land Raiders||Martha Cardenas|
|1991||Night of the Warrior||Edie Keane|
|2003||Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There||Herself|
|1953-1954||The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse||Host|
|1954–1955||Lux Video Theatre||Ilsa Lund||Episodes: "Casablanca" and "September Affair"|
|The Ford Television Theatre||Mary McNeil/Jody Hill||2 episodes|
|1958||Opening Night||Host||(canceled after a few weeks)|
|1963–1965||Burke's Law||Princess Kortzoff/Eva Martinelli/Gloria Cooke/Maggie French||4 episodes|
|1965||Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Valerie||Episode: "Perilous Time"|
|1971||The Deadly Dream||Connie||Television movie|
|1976||Jigsaw John||Episode: "Sand Trap"|
|1979–1987||The Love Boat||Monica Cross/Natalie Martin/Ellen Kirkwood/Jessica York||4 episodes|
|1981||Fantasy Island||Amelia Shelby||1 Episode|
|1981–1984||One Life to Live||Lucinda Schenk Wilson|
|1995–1997||Renegade||Virginia Biddle/Elaine Carlisle||2 episodes|
|1995||All My Children||Lady Lucille|
|1999||Air America||Cynthia Garland||Episode: "Eye of the Storm"|
|1953||Broadway Playhouse||"No Man of Her Own"|
|1953||Stars over Hollywood||"Remember Bill"|
- Released in the United States as She Played with Fire (1958)
- "Search Birth Certificates Index". Minnesota Historical Society. CERTID# 1925-43442. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
- Columbia, David Patrick (August 13, 2014). "Losses and Gains". New York Social Diary. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
- "Arlene Dahl profile at". FilmReference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
- Chase's Calendar of Events 2013 (56th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 2013. p. 403. ISBN 978-0-07-180117-1.
- Zylstra, Freida (October 17, 1948). "Arlene Dahl". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. B11.
- "The Life Story of Arlene Dahl". Picture Show. Vol. 60 no. 1570. London. May 2, 1953. p. 12.
- Eddie Mannix ledger. Los Angeles. 1962. OCLC 801258228 – via Margaret Herrick Library.
- "Arlene Dahl: A beauty in three dimensions". The World's News (2699). New South Wales, Australia. September 12, 1953. p. 29. Retrieved June 15, 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Roland Rival of Lamas". Los Angeles Times. February 4, 1953. p. B9.
- Stark, John (January 21, 1985). "Arlene Takes Her Sixth Husband Or: It's So Nice to Have a Young Man Around the House, Dahl-Ing". People. Vol. 23 no. 3.
- "Arlene Dahl biography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
- "Arlene Dahl Slated". Chicago Daily Tribune. February 27, 1955. p. SW19.
- "Judge Throws Out Arlene Dahl's Suit". The Washington Post and Times Herald. August 27, 1957. p. B15.
- "Judge Says Arlene Dahl Looks Better on Film: Jurist, Hearing Her Suit Against Studio, Also Disagrees With Her 'Lewd' Charges". Los Angeles Times. May 2, 1957. p. 2.
- "Arlene Dahl Faints on Set". The New York Times. August 25, 1959. p. 35.
- Arlene Dahl on IMDb
- Browning, Norma Lee (May 3, 1970). "Hollywood Today: Arlene Dahl: Beauty Is Her Business". Chicago Tribune. p. SC12.
- Martin, Betty (October 10, 1969). "Bankroll' Casts Arlene Dahl". Los Angeles Times. p. H17.
- "Star, vice-president, columnist: Timeri Murari interviews Arlene Dahl". The Guardian. April 21, 1969. p. 9.
- "Arlene Dahl: Beauty's Her Lifelong 'Business'". Chicago Tribune. February 18, 1971. p. C1.
- "Arlene Dahl's Sweet Smell of Success". Los Angeles Times. March 29, 1978. p. C1.
- "Arlene Dahl goes bankrupt". The Globe and Mail. November 11, 1981. p. 19.
- "Arlene Dahl Shares Her Horoscope Insights". Larry King Live. May 9, 2001. Retrieved March 20, 2011 – via CNN.com.
- Kirby, Walter (May 31, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". Decatur Sunday Herald and Review. p. 40. Retrieved June 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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