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Overview (3)

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Birth NameArlene Carol Dahl
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Elegance and femininity are fitting descriptions for Arlene Dahl. She is considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses to have graced the screen during the postwar period. Audiences were captivated by her breathtaking beauty and the way she used to it to her advantage, progressing from claimer to character roles.

Of Norwegian extraction, Miss Dahl was born in Minneapolis. Following high school she joined a local drama group, supporting herself with a variety of jobs, including modeling for a number of department stores. Arriving in Hollywood in 1946, she signed a brief contract with Warner Brothers, but she is best remembered for her work at MGM. The Bride Goes Wild (1948) was her first work at Metro. It was an odd but rather humorous love story, which starred Van Johnson and June Allyson.

Although her beauty captivated audiences, it ultimately limited her to smaller roles, and the mark she made at MGM was small. Some of her best films were Reign of Terror (1949), which actually required some acting and she acquitted herself quite well, Three Little Words (1950), Woman's World (1954), Slightly Scarlet (1956) and Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959).

Leaving films behind her in 1959, her typecasting would pay off financially as she became a beauty columnist and writer. She later established herself as a businesswoman, founding Arlene Dahl Enterprises which marketed lingerie and cosmetics.

She was married six times, two of whom were actors actors Lex Barker and Fernando Lamas. She is the mother of actor / action star Lorenzo Lamas, and actually made a guest appearance in his film Night of the Warrior (1991).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bobby G

Spouse (6)

Marc Rosen (30 July 1984 - present)
Rounsevelle W. Schaum (7 December 1969 - 1976) (divorced) (1 child)
Alexis Lichine (23 December 1964 - 1969) (divorced)
Chris Holmes (15 October 1960 - 13 October 1964) (divorced) (1 child)
Fernando Lamas (25 June 1954 - 1960) (divorced) (1 child)
Lex Barker (16 April 1951 - 15 October 1952) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Her mole

Trivia (12)

Rheingold Beer Girl of 1946.
Mother-in-law of Michelle Smith.
Mother-in-law of Kathleen Kinmont.
Grandmother of A.J. Lamas, Shayne Lamas and Paton Ashbrook.
Her granddaughter, Shayne Lamas, was a contestant on The Bachelor (2002): London Calling, and was chosen, at the end, by bachelor Matt Grant.
Arlene graduated from Washburn High and the following year was voted Miss Rheingold Beer of 1946. The Rheingold ad campaign was one of the most famous campaigns of one of the most popular beers in New York from the 1940s through the 1950s. There was a Miss Rheingold contest each year, and by the early 1950s, more than 25 million votes were cast annually. The winner received a cash payment as well as a modeling contract and many other opportunities. The first winner, Jinx Falkenburg, had a long career on radio. Other winners were Tippi Hedren, Hope Lange and Grace Kelly.
Gave birth to her first child at age 32, a son Lorenzo Lamas on January 20, 1958. Child's father is her second ex-husband Fernando Lamas.
Gave birth to her second child at age 36, a daughter Carole Christina Holmes on August 14, 1961. Child's father is her third ex-husband, Chris Holmes.
Gave birth to her third child at age 45, a son Rounsevelle Andreas Schaum on December 7, 1970. Child's father is her fifth ex-husband, Rounsevelle W. Schaum.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1624 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
Divides her time between New York City and West Palm Beach, Florida.
Lifelong friends with Jane Wyman.

Personal Quotes (2)

I considered the years in Hollywood nothing but an interim. What I always wanted to be was a musical comedy star.
With enthusiasm anything is possible.

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