An accomplished author and photographer, she is best known as the wife of actor Alan Alda. Her more than a dozen published children's books include Sheep, Sheep Sheep, Help Me Fall Asleep (1992) and Arlene Alda's 1,2,3 (1998).
A talented clarinetist, she majored in music at Hunter College and subsequently won a Fulbright scholarship to study in Cologne, Germany. Later, she studied photography with Lou Bernstein and Mort Shapiro.
She and her husband co-wrote a 1983 book called The Last Days of Mash that featured her photographic work.
She married M*A*S*H actor, Alan Alda, in 1958. The couple raised three daughters: Eve, Elizabeth, and Beatrice.
Alan Alda directed the film, Four Seasons, which was inspired by his wife's relationship with their daughters.