Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Redhead of the Week

Actress Arlene Dahl is the mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas and grandmother of Shayne Dahl Lamas, recent winner of The Bachelor on TV.

Dahl was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1925) and is of Norwegian descent. TFA calls her his Viking Lady, or his Ice Melter.

Dahl was voted the Rheingold Beer Girl of 1946. Anybody ever have a Rheingold? TFA says he remembers the TV jingle.

Arlene began her acting career in 1947, at the age of 22, and reached peak popularity and success in the 1950s. Some of her best films include: Reign of Terror, Three Little Words, Woman's World, Slightly Scarlet, and--the film that made TFA light up as a teenager--Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959).

"The deeper they got into the earth, the more her blouse got ripped," TFA says.

Dahl married actor Lex Barker in 1951, divorced him in 1952, and then married another matinee idol, Fernando Lamas. In 1958, Dahl and Lamas had their only son, Lorenzo Lamas. Shortly after giving birth, Dahl ended her career as an actress, although she still--very occasionally--appeared in movies and on television.

She also became an astrologer, wrote a syndicated column, divorced Lamas in 1960, and is reported to have had a relationship with John F. Kennedy.

Oh, my.

Thanks to Arlene, Wikipedia, and that rascally rabbit, JFK.

1 comment:

Rick Bylina said...

Although this idea sounds like I wrote it once before, has Austin ever tried to align himself with redhead groups, Redheads International, because of his love of redheads? They even have conventionals where hundreds/thousands gather. Austin could pitch Jack there.