Anita Ekberg

Actress + Model
Born Sep 29, 1931

Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg is a Swedish-American actress, model, and cult sex symbol. She is best known for her role as Sylvia in the 1960 Federico Fellini film La Dolce Vita, which features the legendary scene of her cavorting in Trevi Fountain alongside Marcello Mastroianni.… Read More

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  • Rome Trevi Fountain, Symbol Of Dolce Vita, To Get Big Facelift - Jan 29, 2013
  • Rome's Trevi Fountain To Get $2.9 Million Restoration [Photos]
    Calgary Sun - Jan 28, 2013
  • Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Did A Lethal Curse Plague Three 1950s Screen Sirens?
    Huffington Post - Nov 21, 2012
  • Natalie Portman Goes ‘Black Swan’ For Dior
    Forward - Jul 06, 2012


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1931 Birth Ekberg was born on September 29, 1931, the eldest girl and the sixth of eight children. … Read More


1950 18 Years Old In 1950, Ekberg entered the Miss Malmö competition at her mother's urging leading to the Miss Sweden contest which she won. … Read More


1953 21 Years Old As a starlet at Universal, Ekberg received lessons in drama, elocution, dancing, horseriding and fencing. She appeared briefly in the 1953 Universal films, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars and The Golden Blade. … Read More
1956 24 Years Old Ekberg was married to the British actor Anthony Steel from 1956 to 1959.


1963 31 Years Old From 1963 to 1975, she was married to the actor Rik Van Nutter. … Read More


2005 73 Years Old She has welcomed Swedish journalists in her house outside Rome, and in 2005 appeared in the popular radio program Sommar, talking about her life. … Read More
2009 77 Years Old On 19 July 2009, she had been admitted to the San Giovanni Hospital in Rome, after falling ill in her home in Genzano, according to a medical official in its neurosurgery department. … Read More
2011 79 Years Old In December 2011, it was reported that the 80-year-old Ekberg was "destitute" following three months in a hospital with a broken thigh in Rimini, during which her home was robbed and badly damaged in a fire. … Read More
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