(PatriotWise.com)- Arlene Dahl, the MGM star most widely known for the 1959 “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” passed away on Monday at the age of 96.
Dahl was married six times, including to actors Lex Barker and Fernando Lamas. Her son actor Lorenzo Lamas announced his mother’s death in a Facebook post on Monday. According to Lamas, Dahl passed away that morning in New York.
Calling her “the most positive influence on my life,” Lamas said his mother was “truly a force of nature.” He expressed sympathies for Dahl’s current husband Mark Rosen whom she was married to for the last 37 years.
In addition to “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” the redheaded 50s movie icon was featured in “The Bride Goes Wild,” “Reign of Terror,” “Three Little Words,” “Woman’s World,” and “Slightly Scarlet.” Before marrying Fernando Lamas, Dahl stared with him in the film “Jamaica Run.”
Prior to launching her acting career in 1946, Dahl worked as a model and appeared on the Broadway stage. In her later career, Dahl moved to the small screen, starring in several daytime soap operas including “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.” And like most 1950s movie stars Dahl also had guest appearances on “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island.”
In 1991 she returned to the big screen to appear in the action film “Night of the Warrior” starring her son Lorenzo Lamas as a kickboxer who gets tangled up with a mobster, played by “General Hospital” star Anthony Geary. She also appeared with Lorenzo on his series “Renegade” and “Air America” in the 1990s.
Arlene Dahl was born in Minneapolis in 1925. After joining the drama club in high school, Dahl set off for New York where she appeared on Broadway and began modeling.
In 1946, Dahl was signed by Warner Brothers where she made her first screen-credited appearance in the 1947 musical “My Wild Irish Rose.” In 1948, Dahl left Warner Brothers for MGM.
After her decades-long acting career, Dahl became a cosmetics executive and a beauty columnist.
She is survived by her four children, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.