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 Anita Ekberg was born on 29 September 1931, in Malmö, Skåne, the sixth of eight children of Gustav Fredrik Ekberg by the former Alva Maria Larsson. … Read More


1950 18 Years Old Ekberg entered the Miss Malmö competition in 1950 at her mother's urging, leading to the Miss Sweden contest which she won.
1951 19 Years Old She consequently went to the United States to compete for the Miss Universe 1951 title (an unofficial pageant at that time, the pageant became official in 1952) despite speaking little English. … Read More


1953 21 Years Old As a starlet at Universal, she 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 1 More Event
Ekberg was featured in five films released during 1956. … Read More


1999 67 Years Old Ekberg was often outspoken in interviews, e.g., naming famous people she reportedly "couldn't bear." She was also frequently quoted as saying that it was Fellini who owed his success to her, rather than vice versa: "They would like to keep up the story that Fellini made me famous, Fellini discovered me," she said in a 1999 interview with The New York Times. … Read More
2005 73 Years Old However, she welcomed Swedish journalists into her house outside Rome and in 2005 appeared on the popular radio program Sommar, and talked about her life. … Read More
2009 77 Years Old On 19 July 2009, she was admitted to the San Giovanni Hospital in Rome after falling ill in her home in Genzano according to a medical official in the hospital's 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 Rimini hospital with a broken hip, during which her home was robbed of jewelry and furniture, and her villa was badly damaged in a fire. … Read More
2015 83 Years Old 1 More Event
Ekberg's funeral service was held on 14 January 2015, at the Lutheran-Evangelical Christuskirche in Rome, after which her body was cremated and her remains were buried at the cemetery of Skanör Church in Sweden.
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