Arlene Dahl, “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” actress, and Lorenzo Lamas’ mum dies

Hollywood star Arlene Dahl, who featured in Journey to the Centre of the Earth and One Life to Live has died.

Her son, actor Lorenzo Lamas, posted a moving tribute to his mother online after her death, according to Daily Star.

The paper says the icon, aged 96, died on Monday in New York, it’s been reported.

Dahl started out as a model and worked in theatre before venturing to Hollywood, California, in 1946. 

She was briefly under contract at Warner Bros., after movie mogul Jack Warner spotted her and invited the icon to a screen test, before being signed with MGM.

Lorenzo Lamas posted on Facebook: “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, her first film was The Bride Goes Wild with Van Johnson and June Allyson.

She also appeared in Reign of Terror, Three Little Words, Slightly Scarlet, Woman’s World and Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Other films she starred in include Scene of the Crime, A Southern Yankee and Jamaica Run, where Fernando Lamas also featured in and later became her husband.

Dahl became a regular presence in Hollywood gossip columns after dating fellow actors as well as the young John F. Kennedy.

She was “considered one of the world’s loveliest gals”, for her beauty before becoming an actress, a news profile wrote in 1959.

While working as an actress, she founded Arlene Dahl Enterprises in the mid-1950s.

The firm sold lingerie and cosmetics as Dahl worked on becoming a beauty columnist, where she wrote copy for ‘Let’s Be Beautiful’, for the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate. She continued writing for 20 years.

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