Arlene Dahl was born on August 11,1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is of Norwegian extraction and 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 to supporting character roles.
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 MGM.
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). She appeared in her only Euro-western as Martha Cardeen in “Land Raiders” (1969).
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's been married six times, two of whom were actors Lex Barker [1919-1973] and Fernando Lamas [1915-1982]. She is the mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas [1958- ].
Today we celebrate Arlene Dahl’s 85th birthday.