LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arlene Dahl, the actor whose appeal and hanging pink hair shone in such Technicolor motion pictures of the Fifties as “Journey to the Middle of the Earth” and “Three Little Phrases,” has died at age 96.
Dahl’s son, actor Lorenzo Lamas, mentioned in posts on Fb and Instagram that she died Monday morning in New York. No explanation for loss of life was given.
“I’ll bear in mind her laughter, her pleasure, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she confronted,” Lamas mentioned. “She really was a pressure of nature.”
In 1959′s “Journey to the Middle of the Earth,” an adaptation of Jules Verne’s sci-fi basic, Dahl performs 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 Phrases,” a musical biopic of songwriters Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, taking part in Ruby’s spouse Eileen Percy reverse frequent co-star Purple Skelton.
She co-starred with Bob Hope in 1953′s “Right here Come the Women,” offered the love curiosity for Skelton in 1950′s “Watch the Birdie’” and performed 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.
Dahl turned as well-known for her six marriages as for her appearing profession. Her husbands included display performers Fernando Lamas and Lex Barker, Fleischman’s yeast inheritor Christopher Holmes, wine importer Alexis Lichine and investor Rounsevelle Schaum. She was wed to businessman Marc Rosen for the final 37 years of her life.
When her film profession ended, Dahl remained outstanding in tv, together with a three-year stint within the cleaning soap opera “One Life to Dwell” within the mid Eighties.
She made frequent appearances on “The Love Boat” within the Eighties, and guest-starred on her son Lamas’ collection “Renegade” and “Air America” within the late Nineties.
Dahl additionally was energetic within the way of life enterprise, with a syndicated column on magnificence ideas, a fragrance, and lingerie and train outfits she designed herself. Within the Sixties, Dahl wrote an recommendation e book, “At all times Ask a Man: Arlene Dahl’s Key to Femininity.”
Her marriage to Barker was her first; it lasted seven months. “Lex was the most effective undressed man I’ve ever recognized,” she mentioned in a frank 1985 Individuals journal interview.
The wedding to Lamas ended after seven years when he left her for Esther Williams.
Of Norwegian descent, Dahl was born in 1925 in Minneapolis, the place her father was a Ford vendor. Stage struck in highschool, she joined a drama group and made her option to New York, the place she modeled and appeared in Broadway performs.
She was signed by Warner Bros., making her first credited look within the 1947 musical “My Wild Irish Rose.” She then moved to MGM the place her movies included 1948′s “A Southern Yankee” with Skelton and 1950′s “The Outriders” with Joel McCrea.
The late AP Leisure Author Bob Thomas contributed background materials.
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