Iconic Hollywood star Arlene Dahl from Journey to the Centre of the Earth dies

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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.

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.

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

Dahl was recognised from her fiery red hair and was dubbed a natural for Technicolor films.

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.

After leaving Hollywood, she worked as an executive in advertising for Sears, Roebuck and Co and founded a perfume company, hailed as an entrepreneur.

“Arlene Dahl was another classic case — like Jane Greer and Evelyn Keyes — of a smart, fiercely funny woman being pigeonholed by her beauty,” Eddie Muller, who organizes an annual film noir festival in San Francisco, said in an interview in 2009, when Ms. Dahl was the event’s guest of honour.

“It was hard for her to break out of the ‘redheaded bombshell’ mold.

“The great thing about Arlene,” he continued, “is that she didn’t let it bother her. She moved easily into other businesses and always seemed to be enjoying herself.”

However, she made other appearances afterwards, later starring in soap operas such as One Life to Live, All My Children and guest-starring on Love, American Style, Fantasy Island and The Love Boat.

The icon also appeared on Broadway in 1972, when she grabbed the lead role in Applause, the hit musical based on the 1950 flick All About Eve which featured Marilyn Monroe.

Dahl was married six times, with former husbands being actors Lex Barker and Fernando Lamas, as well as wine entrepreneur Alexis Lichine.

She is survived by her famous perfume bottle designer husband Marc Rosen, son Lorenzo Lamas, and other children Carole Delouvrier and Chris Holmes, Stephen Schaum, as well as nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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