Born in Kentucky, Arlen moved to Hollywood in 1925, having been spotted by talent scouts while working as a stage dancer. At only 16 years of age, she was selected as one of thirteen girls that year to be "WAMPAS Baby Stars", which included actresses June Marlowe and Violet La Plante, sister to Laura La Plante. Being selected as a "WAMPAS Baby Star" would be the highlight of her brief acting career.
In 1926 she had a supporting role in A Punch in the Nose, which was her only credited role. She would have two uncredited roles in 1928, and received only bit parts afterward, but struggled to stay in the business for some time. She remained in the Los Angeles area, and died in 1966.
- A Punch in the Nose (1926)
- Love at First Flight (Uncredited, 1928)
- The Chicken (Uncredited, 1928)
- I'll See You in My Dreams (Uncredited, 1951)
- It's Always Fair Weather (Uncredited, 1955)
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