Arlene Dahl, the actress whose charm and striking red hair shone in Technicolor movies of the 1950s, died on Monday in New York City at age 96.
Dahl’s son, actor Lorenzo Lamas, announced her death in posts on Facebook and Instagram. No cause of death was given.
‘Mom passed away this morning in New York. She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced,’ Lamas, 63, posted on Instagram along with a glamorous photo of his mother
Hollywood star: Arlene Dahl , shown at the 54th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 1982, died Monday in New York City at age 96 after starring in 1950s Hollywood films
‘Never an ill word about anyone crossed her lips. Her ability to forgive left me speechless at times. She truly was a force of nature and as we got closer in my adult life, I leaned on her more and more as my life counselor and the person I knew that lived and loved to the fullest.
‘My sympathies go to her loving husband @marcrosennyc who,for the last 37 years,made her life so wonderful and joyous. Love you mom forever,’ Lamas added along with a heart emoji and the string of hashtags: ‘#ArleneDahl #Moviestar #legend #mom #RIP’.
In 1959’s ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth,’ an adaptation of Jules Verne’s sci-fi classic, Dahl played the widow of a scientist who joins co-stars James Mason and Pat Boone on a harrowing race to the earth’s core.
She sang and danced in 1950’s ‘Three Little Words,’ a musical biopic of songwriters Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, playing Ruby’s wife Eileen Percy opposite frequent co-star Red Skelton.
Positive influence: ‘Mom passed away this morning in New York. She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced,’ Lorenzo Lamas, shown with Arlene in November 2008, posted on Instagram
Touching tribute: Lorenzo paid tribute to his late mother on Instagram and described her as a ‘force of nature’
Dahl co-starred with Bob Hope in 1953’s ‘Here Come the Girls,’ provided the love interest for Skelton in 1950’s ‘Watch the Birdie´’ and played the hero´s sweetheart in such adventures as 1952’s ‘Caribbean’ with John Payne, 1953’s ‘Jamaica Run’ with Ray Milland and 1954’s ‘Bengal Brigade’ with Rock Hudson.
The Minnesota native became as famous for her six marriages as for her acting career. Her husbands included screen performers Fernando Lamas and Lex Barker, Fleischman’s yeast heir Christopher Holmes, wine importer Alexis Lichine and investor Rounsevelle Schaum.
Dahl was wed to businessman Marc Rosen for the last 37 years of her life.
Technicolor star: Arlene is shown with co-star Fernando Lamas who was one of her husbands in a poster for the 1953 film Sangaree
When her movie career ended, Dahl remained prominent in television, including a three-year stint in the soap opera One Life To Live in the mid 1980s.
She made frequent appearances on ‘The Love Boat’ in the 1980s, and guest-starred on her son Lamas´ series ‘Renegade’ and ‘Air America’ in the late 1990s.
Dahl also was active in the lifestyle business, with a syndicated column on beauty tips, a perfume, and lingerie and exercise outfits she designed herself. In the 1960s, Dahl wrote an advice book, ‘Always Ask a Man: Arlene Dahl’s Key to Femininity.’
Eldest child: Arlene, shown with her eldest son Lorenzo in March 2001 in New York, made frequent appearances on ‘The Love Boat’ in the 1980s, and guest-starred on her son’s TV shows ‘Renegade’ and ‘Air America’ in the late 1990s
Her marriage to Barker was her first; it lasted seven months.
‘Lex was the best undressed man I’ve ever known,’ she said in a frank 1985 People magazine interview.
The marriage to Lamas ended after seven years when he left her for Esther Williams.
Of Norwegian descent, Dahl was born in 1925 in Minneapolis, where her father was a Ford dealer. Stage struck in high school, she joined a drama group and made her way to New York, where she modeled and appeared in Broadway plays.
Film noir: Arlene is shown in a still from the 1949 film Reign Of Terror
She was signed by Warner Bros., making her first credited appearance in the 1947 musical ‘My Wild Irish Rose.’ She then moved to MGM where her films included 1948’s ‘A Southern Yankee’ with Skelton and 1950’s ‘The Outriders’ with Joel McCrea.
Dahl is survived by her sixth husband, Rosen, sons Lorenzo and Rounsevelle Andreas Schaum, daughter Carole Holmes McCarthy and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Studio star: The Minnesota native shown in November 2013 in New York City, was signed by Warner Bros. and made her first credited appearance in the 1947 musical My Wild Irish Rose
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