Arlene Dahl, the glamorous 1950s actress who later became a beauty writer and cosmetics executive, died Monday in New York. She was 96 years old.
Her son, actor Lorenzo Lamas, posted on Facebook, “She has been the most positive influence in my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy and her dignity as she went through the challenges she faced. Never a bad word for anyone who crossed her lips. Her capacity for forgiveness made me speechless at times. She was Truly a force of nature, and the closer we got into my adult life, the more and more I depended on her as my life advisor and the person I knew, who lived and loved to the fullest.”
Born in Minneapolis, Dahl started as a model and worked in theater before coming to Hollywood in 1946. She was briefly contracted to Warner Bros. Then she signed with MGM.
Her first MGM movie was “The Bride Goes Wild” starring Van Johnson and John Allison. She continued to appear in “Reign of Terror”, “Three Little Words”, “Woman’s World”, “Little Scarlet” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.
Her other films included “A Southern Yankee”, “Scene of the Crime”, “Desert Legion” and “Jamaica Run” starring Fernando Lamas who will marry her.
While still working as a television and film actress, she founded Arlene Dahl Enterprises in the mid-1950s and sold lingerie and cosmetics, as well as being a beauty columnist. After leaving the acting field, she worked as an advertising executive for Sears, Roebuck & Co and founded a fragrance company.
She later appeared in TV series including “One Life to Live” and “All My Children”, in addition to guest starring in “Love, American Style”, “Fantasy Island” and “Love Boat”.
She was married six times, and her previous husbands included actors Lex Parker and Fernando Lamas, and wine pioneer Alexis Lechin.
She is survived by her husband, Mark Rosen, son of Lorenzo Lamas, two other children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.