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Arlene Carol Dahl

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
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Daughter of Rudolph Sylvester Dahl and Idelle Ingeborg Dahl
Wife of <private> Rosen
Ex-wife of Fernando Lamas; Lex Barker; <private> Lichine; Christian R. Holmes, III and <private> Schaum
Mother of Lorenzo Lamas; <private> McCarthy (Holmes) and <private> Schaum

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About Arlene Dahl

Fimskuespillerinnen Arlene Dahl er barnebarn av Anne Brubakk, som utvandret fra Melhus 1887. Arlene Dahl hadde sin første filmrolle i 1946, og spilte i en rekke filmer i de nærmeste 15-20 åra. Mor hennes er av Brubakk-slekt. Hun het Ingeborg og var datter av Anne Brubakk (f. 1867) og Johan Svangrønning fra Buvika. Anne utvandret til Amerika i 1887, faren Johan var reist i 1884. I noen år bodde Johan i Britisk Columbia, der han drev skogsarbeid. Senere kom han til Minnesota. Det var trolig der han møtte Anne Brubakk. De giftet seg og slo de seg ned i Minneapolis, der Johan startet opp vognmannsforretning. Johan forenklet navnet Svangrønning til Svange og amerikaniserte det senere til Swaan. De fikk tre barn, Andreas, Ingvald og Ingeborg. I 1897 kom Anne Brubakk heim til Melhus på besøk. Hun hadde med seg sønnen Ingvald på turen. Han var da bare fem år gammel. Under oppholdet i Norge bodde Anne for det meste på Bleke, hos søskenbarnet Anne Brækken. Der ble Ingeborg født. I det norske miljøet i Minneapolis traff Ingeborg, som ung dame, Rudolf Dahl. Han hadde slekta si fra Bergenskanten. Han var handverker. Omkring 1920 ble de to gift. Noen år senere fikk det unge paret dattera Arlene. Hun ble født i Minneapolis 11 aug 1926. På et bilde som ble tatt av henne og morfaren, Johan Svangrønning da Arlene var en fem-seks år, og som ble sendt heim til slektningene i Trøndelag, ser vi ei kjekk lita jente som trygt holder morfars hand. Arlenes mor, Ingeborg ble syk og døde tidlig, før dattera Arlene nådde voksen alder.

The movie actress Arlene Dahl is the granddaughter of Anne Brubakk, who emigrated from Melhus 1887. Arlene Dahl had her first film role in 1946, and starred in numerous films over the next 15-20 years. Her mother is of Brubakk-family. Her name was Ingeborg and the daughter of Anne Brubakk (b. 1867) and Johan Svangrønning from Buvika. Anne emigrated to America in 1887, her father Johan emigrated in 1884. Johan lived for some years in British Columbia, where he was occupied in forestry. He later came to Minnesota. It was probably there where he met Anne Brubakk. They married and they settled in Minneapolis, where Johan started up a wagon man business. Johan simplified his lastname Svangrønning to Svang and later Americanized it to Swaan. They had three children; Andreas, Ingvar and Ingeborg. Anne Brubakk came home to Melhus to visit in 1897. Her son Ingvald was with her on the trip. He was only five years old then. During her stay in Norway Anne lived mostly on Bleke, with her cousin Anne Brækken. That's where Ingeborg was born.

In the Norwegian community in Minneapolis met Ingeborg, as a young lady, Rudolf Dahl. 

He had his family from the Bergen area. He was a craftsman. The two married around 1920. Some years later the young couple got the daughter Arlene. She was born in Minneapolis on Aug. 11, 1926. In a picture taken of her and her grandfather, Johan Svangrønning when Arlene was a five or six years, and which was sent home to relatives in Trøndelag, we see a nice little girl that safely keeps her grandfather's hand. Arlenes mother, Ingeborg became ill and died early, before the daughter Arlene reached adulthood.


Redheaded leading lady Arlene Dahl achieved notability during the 1950s. She is best remembered for her roles in Reign of Terror (1949), Three Little Words (1950), Woman's World (1954), Slightly Scarlet (1956), and Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959). For her contribution to the motion picture industry, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1624 Vine Street.

Arlene Carol Dahl was born on August 11, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Idelle (née Swan) and Rudolph S. Dahl, a Ford motor dealer and executive. (Although her homepage says she’s born in 1928, her correct birth year is 1925 - see 1930 census.) She is the mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas.

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 the theater. As a child she took elocution and dancing lessons and acted in local amateur theater. She 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.

Supporting herself with innumerable day jobs, Dahl finally reached Broadway in 1945, the year before she was chosen New York's "Miss Rheingold." She began her acting career in 1947. Her first film appearance in MGM's Life With Father (1947) was so fleeting as to be missable, but by 1948 Dahl was playing leads at MGM. She reached the peak of her popularity and success in the 1950s. In the tradition of such drop-dead-gorgeous redheads, Dahl often as not found herself cast in Technicolor swashbucklers, notably Caribbean (1952), Sangaree (1952) and Bengal Brigade (1953).

Dahl met actor Lex Barker in the early 1950s, and on April 16, 1951, Dahl and Barker wed. A year later she and Barker divorced, and Dahl would go on to marry another matinee idol, Fernando Lamas. Barker went on to marry Lana Turner. In 1958 Dahl and Lamas had their only son, 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. Dahl would go on to work as a beauty columnist and as a writer.

She also founded her own business, Arlene Dahl Enterprises, which marketed lingerie and cosmetics. She eventually became an astrologer and wrote a syndicated column on the subject.

Dahl and Lamas divorced in 1960, and Dahl later remarried. Aside from Lorenzo Lamas, Dahl has two other children: a daughter Christina (born August 3, 1961) by third husband Christian R. Holmes, and a second son, Rousevelle Andreas (born December 8, 1970), by her fifth husband Rousevelle W. Schaum. She has 6 grandchildren and divides her time between New York City and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Arlene Dahl was both a mystery guest and a panelist on the TV Game show "What's My Line". She appeared on the ABC television network's soap opera One Life to Live as Lucinda Schenck Wilson from 1981 to 1984. Lucinda was planned to be a short-termed role, but she was later offered a one-year contract to appear on the show. The last film in which she appeared, which followed a hiatus of more than 20 years, was the 1991 film, Night of the Warrior, which starred her son, Lorenzo Lamas.


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Arlene Dahl's Timeline

August 11, 1925
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
January 20, 1958
Age 32
Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States