|Born||Arlene Carol Dahl
August 11, 1928
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota|
|Spouse(s)||Lex Barker (m. 1951; div. 1952)
Fernando Lamas (m. 1954; div. 1960)
Christian R. Holmes (m. 1960; div. 1964)
Alexis Lichine (m. 1964; div. 1969)
Rounsevelle W. Schaum (m. 1969; div. 1976)
Marc Rosen (m. 1984)
|Children||Lorenzo Lamas (b. 1958)
Christina Carole Holmes (b. 1961)
Rounsevelle Andreas Schaum (b. 1970)
Dahl was born in 1928 (some sources report 1924 or 1925) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Idelle (née Swan) and Rudolph S. Dahl, a Ford Motor dealer and executive. She is of Norwegian descent. After graduation from Washburn 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. 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. Dahl briefly attended the University of Minnesota.
In 1948, Dahl reportedly had a brief relationship with then U.S. Representative John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts. Later, in the early 1950s, she met actor Lex Barker; they wed on April 16, 1951, and divorced the following year, and Dahl went on to marry another matinee idol, Fernando Lamas. (Barker married Lana Turner.) In 1958, Dahl and Lamas had their only son, Lorenzo Lamas. Shortly after giving birth to Lorenzo, Dahl slowed and eventually ended her career as an actress, although she still appeared in movies 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 8, 1970), by her fifth husband, Rounsevelle W. Schaum. She has six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and divides her time between New York City and West Palm Beach, Florida. Dahl has been married to Marc Rosen, a packaging designer, since 1984.
Dahl began her acting career in 1947. She reached the peak of her popularity and success in the 1950s. Some of her films include: Reign of Terror (1949), Three Little Words (1950), Woman's World (1954), Slightly Scarlet (1956), and Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959).
Dahl was both a mystery guest and a panelist on the CBS game show What's My Line?. In 1953, she hosted ABC's anthology series The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse. In 1960, she played the part of Lucy Belle in the episode "That Taylor Affair" of the NBC western series Riverboat, alongside Darren McGavin. 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-termed role (she guest-starred from late 1981 to early 1982 and in late 1982), but Dahl was later offered a one-year contract to appear on the show from September 1983 to October 1984. Dahl's last film, which followed a hiatus of more than two decades, was Night of the Warrior (1991), also starring her son, Lorenzo Lamas.
Dahl began writing a syndicated beauty column in 1952, and opened Arlene Dahl Enterprises in 1954, marketing cosmetics and designer lingerie. After closing her company in 1967, she began working as a 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 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.
- My Wild Irish Rose (1947)
- The Bride Goes Wild (1948)
- A Southern Yankee (1948)
- Some of the Best (1949) (short subject)
- Scene of the Crime (1949)
- Reign of Terror (1949)
- Ambush (1950)
- The Outriders (1950)
- Three Little Words (1950)
- Watch the Birdie (1950)
- Inside Straight (1951)
- No Questions Asked (1951)
- Caribbean (1952)
- Desert Legion (1953)
- Jamaica Run (1953)
- Sangaree (1953)
- Here Come the Girls (1953)
- The Diamond Queen (1953)
- Woman's World (1954)
- Bengal Brigade (1954)
- Slightly Scarlet (1956)
- Wicked As They Come (1956)
- Fortune Is a Woman (1957)[note 2]
- Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
- Kisses for My President (1964)
- The Ponies (1967)
- The Pleasure Pit (1969)
- Land Raiders (1969)
- Night of the Warrior (1991)
- Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003) (documentary)
- The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (host from 1953–1954)
- Opening Night (1958) (canceled after a few weeks)
- Deadly Dream (1971)
- One Life to Live (cast member from 1981–1982, 1982, 1983-1984)
- All My Children (cast member in 1995)
- Always Ask a Man: Arlene Dahl's Key to Femininity. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall. 1965. OCLC 4511224.
- Arlene Dahl's Lovescopes. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill. 1983. ISBN 0-672-52770-7.
- Beyond Beauty. New York: Simon & Schuster. 1980. ISBN 0-671-24555-4.
- Chase's Calendar of Events 2013 (56th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 2013. p. 403. ISBN 978-0-07-180117-1.
- Corey, Melinda; Ochoa, George (2002). The American Film Institute Desk Reference (1st ed.). New York: Dorling Kindersley. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-7894-8934-0.
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- "Arlene Dahl". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
- 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 23 (3).
- "Arlene Dahl: Biography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
- "Arlene Dahl Shares Her Horoscope Insights". Larry King Live via CNN.com. May 9, 2001. Retrieved March 20, 2011.