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Arlene Carol Dahl

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Birthplace: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
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Daughter of Rudolph Sylvester Dahl and Idelle Ingeborg Dahl
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Ex-wife of Lex Barker; Fernando Lamas; Christian Rasmus Holmes, III; Alexis Lichine and Private
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Arlene Dahl

Arlene Carol Dahl (born August 11, 1925)[1][2] is an American retired actress and former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star, who achieved notability during the 1950s. She has three children, the eldest of whom is actor Lorenzo Lamas.

She is one of the last surviving stars from the Classical Hollywood cinema era.

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.

Dahl was born on August 11, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Norwegian immigrants Idelle (née Swan) and Rudolph Dahl, a Ford Motor dealer and executive.[3] She cites her year of birth as 1928,[4] although her birth record (1925-43442), available through the Minnesota Historical Society, shows she was born on August 11, 1925.[1] An August 13, 2014 article in The New York Social Diary by David Patrick Columbia, entitled "Losses and Gains", references her 89th birthday celebration with her husband, children, and family.[2]

As a child, Dahl took elocution and dancing lessons and was active in theatrical events at Margaret Fuller Elementary School, Ramsey Junior High School, and Washburn Senior High School. After graduating from 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 local amateur theatre. Dahl briefly attended the University of Minnesota.[5]

A year after graduation from high school, Dahl went to Chicago, where she was a buyer for Marshall and Brown and worked as a model. She then traveled to New York, where she successfully auditioned for a part in the play Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston in 1945. This led to her getting the lead in another play, Questionable Ladies, which was seen by a talent scout from Hollywood.[5]

Dahl had an uncredited bit in Life with Father (1947). She was promoted to leading lady in My Wild Irish Rose (1947) with Dennis Morgan, a big hit that led to an offer from MGM for a long-term contract.[5]

Dahl went to MGM to play a supporting role in The Bride Goes Wild (1948). She remained there to play the female lead in the Red Skelton comedy A Southern Yankee (1948).

Eagle-Lion hired her to star as the female lead in Reign of Terror (1949), then at MGM she acted opposite Van Johnson in Scene of the Crime (1949), Robert Taylor in Ambush (1950), Joel McCrea in The Outriders (1950), Fred Astaire and Skelton in Three Little Words (1950) (playing Eileen Percy), and Skelton again in Watch the Birdie (1950).

Except for The Outriders, all these movies were profitable for MGM.[6]

MGM gave Dahl the lead in several "B" films, such as Inside Straight (1951) and No Questions Asked (1951), both of which flopped.[7]

Dahl was hired by Pine-Thomas Productions to a multipicture contract and she was put in Caribbean Gold (1952), a swashbuckler with John Payne.[8]

She went to Universal to co-star with Alan Ladd in a French Foreign Legion story, Desert Legion (1953); then Pine-Thomas used her again in Jamaica Run (1953) and Sangaree (1953). The latter starred Fernando Lamas, whom Dahl would marry.

She supported Bob Hope in the comedy Here Come the Girls (1953). Dahl and Lamas reunited on The Diamond Queen (1953) at Warner Bros.[9]

In 1953, Dahl played Roxanne on stage in a short-lived revival of Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Jose Ferrer.

Dahl played the ambitious Carol Talbot in Woman's World (1954) at Fox, and she was Rock Hudson's leading lady in Universal's adventure war film Bengal Rifles (1954).

She began writing a syndicated beauty column in 1952,[10] and opened Arlene Dahl Enterprises in 1954, marketing cosmetics and designer lingerie.[11]

Dahl began appearing on television, including episodes of Lux Video Theatre (including a 1954 adaptation of Casablanca, wherein she played Ilsa) and The Ford Television Theatre.[12]

Dahl was both a mystery guest (April 25, 1954) and a panelist on the CBS game show What's My Line?. In 1953, she hosted ABC's anthology series The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse.

John Payne and Dahl were reunited in a film noir, Slightly Scarlet (1956), alongside Rhonda Fleming, another red-haired star.

Dahl made some films in England for Columbia: Wicked as They Come (1956) and Fortune Is a Woman (1957). In 1957, she sued Columbia for $1 million, saying the film's advertisements for Wicked as They Come were "lewd" and "degraded" her. A judge threw out the suit.[13][14]

Dahl hosted the short-lived TV series Opening Night (1958) and had the female lead in the adventure movie Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), opposite James Mason and Pat Boone. She was injured on set making the latter,[15] but it turned out to be one of her most successful films.

In 1960, she played the role of Lucy Belle in the Riverboat TV series episode "That Taylor Affair", alongside Darren McGavin.[16] The same year, she married Texas oilman Christian Holmes and announced her retirement from acting. The marriage did not last, but Dahl increasingly diversified her work to become a lecturer and beauty consultant, as well as continuing her acting.[17]

She had a supporting role in Kisses for My President (1964) and appeared in Land Raiders (1969), The Pleasure Pit (1969), and the French film Du blé en liasses.[18] She could be seen on TV in Burke's Law, and Theatre of Stars.

Her focus by now was on business. After closing her company in 1967, she began serving as vice president at ad agency Kenyon and Eckhardt that same year.[11]

In a 1969 interview, she said her old films were "such an embarrassment".[19]

Dahl moved to Sears Roebuck as director of beauty products in 1970, earning nearly $750,000 annually, but left in 1975 to found her short-lived, fragrance company Dahlia.[10][11][20]

Dahl returned to Broadway in the early 1970s, replacing Lauren Bacall in the role of Margo Channing in Applause.

She had a role on the soap opera All My Children and guest-starred on Love, American Style, Jigsaw John, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat. She made a TV movie The Deadly Dream (1971). "I like acting," she said in 1978, "but I had better like business better or I'll lose my shirt."[21]

In 1981, Dahl declared personal bankruptcy, with liabilities of almost $1 million and assets of only $623,970. Her chief creditor was the United States government's Small Business Administration, which guaranteed a $450,000 loan for her as an executive in a cosmetic firm. She had lost $163,000 from burglaries of jewelry and furs from her Manhattan apartment, and had earned $11,367 in 1980 and $10,517 in 1979.[22]

Dahl appeared on ABC's soap opera One Life to Live from 1981 to 1984 as Lucinda Schenck Wilson. The character was planned as a short-term role (she guest-starred from late 1981 to early 1982 and in late 1982), but Dahl later was offered a one-year contract to appear on the series from September 1983 to October 1984. She starred in the film A Place to Hide (1988).

Her last feature film role, which followed a hiatus of more than two decades, was in Night of the Warrior (1991). It co-starred her son Lorenzo Lamas.[16]

She entered the field of astrology in the 1980s, writing a syndicated column and later operating a premium phoneline company.[11] Dahl has written more than two dozen books on the topics of beauty and astrology.[23]

Dahl guest-starred on episodes of shows starring her son, Renegade and Air America.

In the early 1950s, Dahl met actor Lex Barker; they wed on April 16, 1951, and divorced the following year (Barker later married Lana Turner). Dahl went on to marry another matinee idol, Fernando Lamas. In 1958, Dahl and Lamas had their only child, Lorenzo Lamas. Shortly after giving birth to Lorenzo, Dahl slowed and eventually ended her career as an actress, although she still appeared in films and on television occasionally.[16]

Dahl and Lamas divorced in 1960, and Dahl later remarried.

In addition to Lorenzo Lamas, Dahl has two other children: a daughter Christina Carole Holmes (born August 3, 1961) by third husband Christian R. Holmes, and a second son, Rounsevelle Andreas Schaum (born December 7, 1970), by her fifth husband, Rounsevelle W. “Skip” Schaum. She has six grandchildren (one of whom is Shayne Lamas) and two great-grandchildren. She divides her time between New York City and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Dahl has been married to Marc Rosen, a packaging designer, since 1984.[10]

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.

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).

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Arlene Dahl's Timeline

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