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      Arlene Dahl

      Arlene Dahl

      Highest Rated: 83% Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

      Lowest Rated: 83% Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

      Birthday: Aug 11, 1925

      Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

      With her lush red hair and signature beauty mark, Arlene Dahl joined the court of MGM royalty in late 1940s and early 1950s, soon becoming more an icon of womanly elegance than of thespian prowess. A Minnesota native, Dahl followed the standard pattern of fresh-scrubbed, Midwestern girl-makes-it-big, whose ravishing looks and curvaceous figure vaulted her from beer advertising to the silver screen almost overnight. Paired early in films with Red Skelton and Van Johnson, she largely played the role of eye-candy, often in color-filmed adventures and fluffy comedies. She distinguished herself more in smaller films with more textured roles, including as a vampy French conspirator in "Reign of Terror" (1949) and a felonious temptress in "Slightly Scarlet" (1956). The limelight fell on her personal life as well, via celebrity couplings with "Tarzan" Lex Barker and "Latin Lover" Fernando Lamas, both tempestuous unions and the first of her many marriages. A colorful sci-fi splash in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1959) signified the apex of her film career, but she had already established a plan B as a beauty and fashion maven via a syndicated newspaper column, which she would expand into a book series and a lucrative career in advertising and the beauty products industry. After going bankrupt in the early 1970s, Dahl returned to show business for a smattering of television projects, highlighted by a three-year stint on the soap opera, "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1968-2013), and would reinvent herself again as a celebrity astrologer. She wound down her screen career with intermittent appearances in projects starring her son, Lorenzo Lamas. A star of stage, screen and business, Dahl turned her relatively short stint as the toast of Hollywood into a launch pad to become a kind of pre-feminist Renaissance woman.

      Highest rated movies

      Journey to the Center of the Earth poster
      Journey to the Center of the Earth

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 67% Night of the Warrior Edie Keane (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 11% Land Raiders Martha Carden (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Katmandu Laureen (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 31% Kisses for My President Doris Reid Weaver (Character) - 1964
      83% 69% Journey to the Center of the Earth Carla Göteborg (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 62% She Played With Fire Sarah Moreton Branwell (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 45% Wicked as They Come Kathleen "Kathy" Allen (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 27% Slightly Scarlet Dorothy Lyons (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 64% A Woman's World Carol Talbot (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 25% Bengal Brigade Vivian Morrow (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jamaica Run Ena Dacey (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Diamond Queen Queen Maya (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 20% Here Come the Girls Irene Bailey (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sangaree Nancy Darby (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desert Legion Morjana (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Caribbean Christine Barclay McAllister (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 86% Watch the Birdie Lucia Corlane (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Questions Asked Ellen Sayburn Jessman (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 57% Inside Straight Lily Douvane (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 78% Three Little Words Eileen Percy Ruby (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 14% The Outriders Jen Gort (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 44% Scene of the Crime Gloria Conovan (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 62% Ambush Ann Duverall (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 68% The Black Book Madelon (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bride Goes Wild Tillie Smith Oliver (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 29% A Southern Yankee Sallyann Weatharby (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 38% My Wild Irish Rose Rose Donovan (Character) - 1947

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1954 1959 1972-1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, American Style Unknown (Character) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1958 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Burke's Law Princess Kortzoff (Character) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1955