Arlene Dahl

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Arlene Dahl
Arlene Dahl - 1953.JPG
Dahl in 1953
Born Arlene Carol Dahl
(1925-08-11) August 11, 1925 (age 90)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Occupation Actress, businesswoman, columnist
Years active 1947–99
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)

Arlene Carol Dahl (born August 11, 1925[1][2]) is an American actress and former MGM contract star, who achieved notability during the 1950s. She has three children, the eldest of whom is actor Lorenzo Lamas.

Personal life[edit]

Dahl was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, of Norwegian descent, to Idelle (née Swan) and Rudolph S. Dahl, a Ford Motor dealer and executive.[3] She cites her year of birth as 1928,[4] although her birth record (1925-43442), available through the Minnesota Historical Society, shows she was born on August 11, 1925.[1] 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.[2]

After graduating 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.[citation needed]

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 child, 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.[citation needed]

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.[5]


Dahl began her acting career in 1947. She reached the peak of her popularity and success in the 1950s. Her films include: Reign of Terror (1949), Three Little Words (1950), 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 Riverboat, alongside Darren McGavin. She 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. Her last feature film, which followed a hiatus of more than two decades, was Night of the Warrior (1991), which co-starred her son, Lorenzo Lamas.

Dahl began writing a syndicated beauty column in 1952,[5] and opened Arlene Dahl Enterprises in 1954, marketing cosmetics and designer lingerie.[6] After closing her company in 1967, she began working as a vice president at ad agency Kenyon and Eckhardt that same year.[6] 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.[5][6] She entered the field of astrology in the 1980s, writing a syndicated column and later operating a premium phoneline company.[6] Dahl has written more than two dozen books on the topics of beauty and astrology.[7]


Television work[edit]

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1953 Broadway Playhouse "No Man of Her Own"[8]
1953 Stars over Hollywood "Remember Bill"[8]



  1. ^ Released in the United States as She Played with Fire (1958)


  1. ^ a b "Search Birth Certificates Index". Minnesota Historical Society. CERTID# 1925-43442. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Columbia, David Patrick (August 13, 2014). "Losses and Gains". New York Social Diary. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Arlene Dahl profile at". Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Chase's Calendar of Events 2013 (56th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 2013. p. 403. ISBN 978-0-07-180117-1. 
  5. ^ a b c 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). 
  6. ^ a b c d "Arlene Dahl biography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Arlene Dahl Shares Her Horoscope Insights". Larry King Live via May 9, 2001. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Kirby, Walter (May 31, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". Decatur Sunday Herald and Review. p. 40. Retrieved June 30, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read

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