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OF THE 1940'S & 50'S






Arlene Dahl   Arlene Dahl

Elegance 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. dahl3.jpg (16377 bytes)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.

Photo by MPTV - All Rights Reserved, 1978 Glenn Embree - Image courtesy

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 Dahl’s Lovescope” and in addition to her many guest-starring roles played feisty Lucinda King for three years on ABC’s 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. The glamorous Ms. Dahl

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, Today’s 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 Warrior (1991).

Arlene Dahl c. 1950
Photo by Glenn Embree - All Rights Reserved, 1978 Glenn Embree - Image courtesy


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