Los Angeles Times

‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ actor

- associated press

Arlene Dahl, the actor whose charm and striking red hair shone in 1950s Technicolo­r movies, including “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “Three Little Words,” has died. She was 96.

Dahl’s son, actor Lorenzo Lamas, said in posts on Facebook and Instagram that she died Monday morning in New York. No cause of death was given.

“I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced,” Lamas wrote. “She truly was a force of nature.”

In 1959’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” an adaptation of Jules Verne’s sci-fi classic, Dahl played the widow of a scientist who joins co-stars James Mason and Pat Boone on a harrowing race to Earth’s core.

She sang and danced in 1950’s “Three Little Words,” a musical biopic of songwriter­s Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, playing Ruby’s wife,

Eileen Percy, opposite frequent co-star Red Skelton.

She co-starred with Bob Hope in 1953’s “Here Come

the Girls,” was the love interest for Skelton in 1950’s “Watch the Birdie” and played the hero’s sweetheart in 1952’s “Caribbean” with John Payne, 1953’s “Jamaica Run” with Ray Milland and 1954’s “Bengal Brigade” with Rock Hudson.

Dahl became as famous for her six marriages as she was for her acting career. Her husbands included screen performers Lex Barker and Fernando Lamas, Fleischman­n’s yeast heir Christophe­r Holmes, wine importer Alexis Lichine and investor Rounsevell­e Schaum.

Barker was her first husband; the marriage lasted seven months.

“Lex was the best undressed man I’ve ever known,” she said in a 1985 interview in People magazine.

The marriage to Lamas ended after seven years when he left her for Esther Williams.

Dahl was married to businessma­n Marc Rosen for the last 37 years of her life.

When her movie career ended, Dahl remained prominent in television, including a three-year stint on the soap opera “One Life to Live” in the mid-1980s. She made frequent appearance­s on “The Love Boat” in the 1980s and guest-starred on her son Lamas’ series “Renegade” and “Air America” in the late 1990s.

Dahl also was active in the lifestyle business, with a syndicated column on beauty tips and a perfume line, as well as lingerie and exercise outfits she designed herself. In the 1960s, she wrote an advice book, “Always Ask a Man: Arlene Dahl’s Key to Femininity.”

Of Norwegian descent, Dahl was born in 1925 in Minneapoli­s, where her father was a Ford dealer. Stagestruc­k in high school, she joined a drama group and made her way to New York, where she modeled and appeared in Broadway plays.

She was signed by Warner Bros., making her first credited appearance in the 1947 musical “My Wild Irish Rose.” She then moved to MGM, where her films included 1948’s “A Southern Yankee” with Skelton and 1950’s “The Outriders” with

Joel McCrea.

 ?? Reed Saxon Associated Press ?? MULTIFACET­ED CAREER After starring in 1950s movies, Arlene Dahl turned to TV acting and started a lifestyle business.
Reed Saxon Associated Press MULTIFACET­ED CAREER After starring in 1950s movies, Arlene Dahl turned to TV acting and started a lifestyle business.

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