Arlene Dahl, 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' star and Lorenzo Lamas' mother, dead at 96

Her son, actor Lorenzo Lamas, posted on Facebook, saying, “She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced. Never an ill word about anyone crossed her lips. Her ability to forgive left me speechless at times. She truly was a force of nature and as we got closer in my adult life, I leaned on her more and more as my life counselor and the person I knew that lived and loved to the fullest.”

Born in Minneapolis, Dahl started out as a model and worked in theater before coming to Hollywood in 1946. She was briefly under contract at Warner Bros., then signed with MGM.

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American actress Arlene Dahl, circa 1950.

American actress Arlene Dahl, circa 1950. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Her first MGM film was “The Bride Goes Wild,” starring Van Johnson and June Allyson. She went on to appear in “Reign of Terror,” “Three Little Words,” “Woman’s World,” “Slightly Scarlet” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

Her other films included “A Southern Yankee,” “Scene of the Crime,” “Desert Legion” and “Jamaica Run,” which starred Fernando Lamas, who she would marry.

While still working as an actress in TV and films, she founded Arlene Dahl Enterprises in the mid-1950s and sold lingerie and cosmetics, as well as becoming a beauty columnist. After leaving the acting business, she worked as an executive in advertising and for Sears, Roebuck & Co and founded a perfume company.

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Pat Boone sits with  Arlene Dahl on set of the film 'Journey To The Center Of The Earth', 1959.

Pat Boone sits with  Arlene Dahl on set of the film ‘Journey To The Center Of The Earth’, 1959. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

She later appeared in soap operas including “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” in addition to guest-starring on “Love, American Style,” “Fantasy Island” and “The Love Boat.”

Married six times, her former husbands included actors Lex Barker and Fernando Lamas, and wine entrepreneur Alexis Lichine.

Actress Arlene Dahl and son Lorenzo Lamas attend The History Boys special screening after party at The Hotel Plaza Athenee November 7, 2006 in New York City. 

Actress Arlene Dahl and son Lorenzo Lamas attend The History Boys special screening after party at The Hotel Plaza Athenee November 7, 2006 in New York City.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

She is survived by her husband, Marc Rosen, son Lorenzo Lamas, two other children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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