and femininity are fitting descriptions for Arlene Dahl. She became one of the most
beautiful actresses to grace the screen during the post war period. Audiences were
captivated by her breathtaking beauty, and the way she used to it to her advantage,
progressing from glamour to character roles. Of Norwegian extract, Miss Dahl was
born in Minneapolis, USA on Aug 11, 1924. Following high school, she joined a local
drama group supporting herself with a variety of jobs. These included a model for a number
of department stores. In Hollywood for 1946, she signed a brief contract with
Warner Brothers, but she is best remembered for her work at MGM.
The Bride Goes Wild was
her first work at Metro. It was an odd but rather humorous tale of love, which
starred Van Johnson and June Allyson. Although her beauty captivated audiences, it
ultimately limited her to glamour roles, and the mark she made at MGM was small.
Some of her best films were the; Reign of Terror (1949), Three Little Words (1950),
Woman's World (1954), Slightly Scarlet (1956), and Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
(1959) Leaving films behind her in 1959, her typecasting would pay off financially, she
became a beauty columnist and writer.
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She later established herself as a business women
establishing Arlene Dahl Enterprises marketing lingerie and cosmetics. She was the
author of sixteen best-selling books on beauty, fashion and astrology, this versatile
actress wrote an internationally syndicated beauty column for twenty years. On television
Miss Dahl produced and starred in Arlene Dahls Lovescope and in addition
to her many guest-starring roles played feisty Lucinda King for three years on ABCs
popular soap One Life to Live.
As a designer, she introduced the
Dahl cap in connection with her popular sleepwear line which started the Baby Doll craze
in the 50s, designed fashion collections for Vogue Patterns in the 70s and 80s and created
a special jewelry line that bears her name. Miss Dahl recently reintroduced her signature
fragrance Dahlia in select stores throughout the country.
Active in many philanthropic groups, this legendary beauty has won ten Laurel
Awards for her films, has a Bronze Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has been named
Advertising Woman of the Year, Mother of the Year, Todays Woman and recently
received the Coup de Chapeau at the Deauville film festival for her film work, as well as
the Lifetime Achievement Award from Worldfest.
Five times married; first to actor
Lex Barker, and second to movie star Fernando Lamas, Miss Dahl is also mother of actor
Lorenzo Lamas (1958- ) and actually made a guest appearance in his film Night of the
Arlene Dahl c. 1950
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