‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ Actor Arlene Dahl Dead at 96

by Joe Rutland

Arlene Dahl, who starred in the classic movie Journey to the Center of the Earth, has died at 96 years old. Dahl died on Monday.

Outsiders, Dahl’s death gets announced on Facebook by her son, Falcon Crest star Lorenzo Lamas. The Hollywood Reporter is helping to fill in details.

Her career not only included movies but Dahl was an entrepreneur, writer, and author. She was part of the movie industry back in its “studio days.” This is where actors were tied to contracts in one place.

She was married six times, including to actors Lex Barker and Fernando Lamas. Both ended in divorce.

She was a native of Minneapolis, Minn., and was quite beautiful. In Journey to the Center of the Earth, which was released in 1959, Dahl plays opposite actor-singer Pat Boone. Another one of her roles included being in the 1947 flick My Wild Irish Rose as the Technicolor film added additional beauty to her.

Other movies included Slightly Scarlet (1956), Anthony Mann’s Reign of Terror (1949); Scene of the Crime (1949); No Questions Asked (1951); and Wicked as They Come (1956).

Arlene Dahl Was Native of Minnesota, Went On To Start Career In Chicago

Dahl was born on Aug. 11, 1925, and raised by strict Norwegian parents. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she moved to Chicago. There, she modeled lingerie and worked at Marshall Field’s department store.

Her acting career started in New York with a 1945 Broadway musical Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston, then played an ingenue in an off-Broadway production, Questionable Ladies.

Warner Bros. boss Jack Warner saw her in an ad campaign and signed her up. Arlene Dahl has an uncredited part in Life With Father (1947), her first movie credit, which starred William Powell. Once at MGM, she paired up with comedian Red Skelton in A Southern Yankee (1948), Watch the Birdie (1950), and Three Little Words (1950)

Dahl also appeared for the studio in such films as The Bride Goes Wild (1948) with Van Johnson and in two Westerns: Ambush (1950) and The Outriders (1950).

Dahl Starts Writing After Chicago Tribune Founder Asks For Beauty Column

Her writing career starts in 1951. Robert McCormick, who is the founder of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, asks Arlene Dahl in 1951 to write a somewhat regular beauty column. Let’s Be Beautiful did become syndicated. The column runs for more than 20 years and in more than 150 newspapers throughout the U.S.

Now, she founded Arlene Dahl Enterprises, which marketed lingerie and cosmetics, in the 1950s. Dahl invented the Dahl Beauty Cap while developing boudoir apparel, including nightgowns, negligees, and lounging pajamas.

Survivors include Marc Rosen, her sixth husband, and three other children besides Lorenzo Lamas.