She Divorced Her Men
But Kept The
EX REED was thrilled to present the Outstanding
Achievement Award Broadway Salutes Arts Horizons in October at
the Edison Ballroom in New York. The honoree was Arlene Dahl,
legendary star of 30 motion pictures, including My Wild Irish
Rose, and 19 plays.
"Life," Reed said, "is measured not by the
breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."
He said that Dahl was the first screen star he
ever met. "She was in movies with the greatest stars – and
outlived them all."
Dahl, 82, said she signed her photo for Reed
"with my eyebrow pencil and you’ve been a friend ever since.
It’s been 59 years, older than most of my children and some of
Dahl counted 3 children (including Lorenzo
Lamas), 8 grandchildren – "17 if you count the step
She added, "I divorced the husbands and kept the
As a young man Reed collected every photograph
he could find on "this luscious Technicolor MGM redhead. I
would buy up all the magazines at the drugstore and cut out all
He related his early obsession with movie stars
to Jean Simmons who replied, "Too bad I didn’t know you then. I
could have given you Stewart Granger himself."
Founded 32 years ago by musician/educator
John Devol, Arts Horizons has impacted on the lives of 8 million
children in the tristate region through its arts programs for
inner city youths.
Celeste Holm, an Oscar winner for the 1947 film
Gentlemen’s Agreement, is chairman of Arts Horizons board of
trustees. Rozanne Gold, author of the just published Radically
Simple, is also a board member. The national advisory board
includes producers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley.
Marc Summers, host of Unwrapped on the Food
Network and Double Dare on Nickelodeon, served as emcee and
presented awards also to Paul Simon, who entertained the
audience, and Philip R. Sellinger, managing shareholder of the
New Jersey office of the Greenberg Traurig law firm.
Executive director Elizabeth Halverstam, who’s
been with the organization 25 years, is amazed at the success of
the after-school arts programs. "These kids are in school,
making something of themselves, instead of being in a gang and
getting into trouble."