Anita Ekberg
Actress, model
Anita Ekberg
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.
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Anita Ekberg's personal information overview.
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Rome Journal: Fontana di Merda
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Rome is famous for its fountains amongst them of the Trevi (the sight of a famous plunge by Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni in La Dolce Vita), the Fontana delle Tartarughe in the Piazza Mattei, and the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in the Piazza Navona. But there's another kind of fountain that can be ubiquitous in Rome depending on the season, and that's the fountain created by gastroenteritis and that can be located by listening to the moans coming from behind doors of hotel rooms occupied by tourists to the city. When these waters are sprouting, in their Piazza da Toletta, a more apt comparison might be made comparison to Mount Vesuvius. In Mexico a related syndrome is known as Montezuma's Revenge. This has been a bad winter for stomach ailments and one wonders what the effect on the restaurant business has been. Apart from the antiquities one of the reasons one comes to Rome is for the food and there's nothing worse than finding yourself both lacking an appetite and unable to keep ...
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Rome Trevi Fountain, symbol of Dolce Vita, to get big facelift
Reuters.com - about 4 years
ROME (Reuters) - Anita Ekberg, who famously waded in Rome's Trevi Fountain with Marcello Mastroianni in the 1960 classic film "La Dolce Vita", would probably say "It's about time, darling!"
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Rome's Trevi Fountain to get $2.9 million restoration [Photos]
Calgary Sun - about 4 years
Anita Ekberg, who famously waded in Rome's Trevi Fountain with Marcello Mastroianni in the 1960 classic film "La Dolce Vita", would probably say "It's about time, darling!"
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Did a Lethal Curse Plague Three 1950s Screen Sirens?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Mari Blanchard! Peggie Castle! Allison Hayes! Incredibly, death stalked each one of these three gorgeous scream queens of the 1950s! All met tragic, premature demises by the time they reached their 40s! It definitely appears that a deadly curse was acting upon them. The chances for an incredible coincidence of this magnitude would be absolutely astronomical! Conceivably, dark forces may have somehow been angered by their appearances in movies which touched upon the sacred subject matter of their shadowy domain! But, before you decide one way or the other, please consider the case of each one detailed herewith: -Mari Blanchard(1927-1970): This leggy blonde stunner (born Mary Blanchard) had often been cast as a villainess in secondary roles in a succession of adventures, mysteries, and westerns until she landed her first leading role as Queen Allura of Venus in 1953's Abbott And Costello Go To Mars. Working as maintenance men at a missile base, Bud and Lou acciden ...
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Natalie Portman Goes ‘Black Swan’ for Dior
Forward - over 4 years
All that grueling ballet training has served Natalie Portman well. Not only did she get an Oscar for her performance in “Black Swan,” a role that required her to train as a ballerina for eight hours a day, but now she’s landed a Christian Dior campaign that pays homage to her turn as a haunted diva. The advertisement, which pictures Portman in a strapless black tulle gown, echoes the final scenes of “Black Swan” when Portman’s evil alter ego takes hold. The ad is also a tribute to “La Dolce Vita,” the revered Fellinin film in which actress Anita Ekberg, wearing a similar stress, wades into the Trevi fountain in Rome. Click here for the rest of the article...
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Katherine Macfarlane: 'We Were Different In Many Ways That Mattered'
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
I've flown across the Atlantic so many times that I've lost count, so often that the journey is second nature, like my early-morning stumble from bedroom to shower. But I remember the first time. It was 1985, and I was 5 years old. I held my mother's hand as we boarded the plane at O'Hare, and the stewardesses (still stewardesses back then) smiled at my Laura Ashley dress and patent leather Mary Janes. My sister Lorna was 3 and dressed just like me. On that journey we were happy and well-behaved. With good reason -- we were moving on up, abandoning the gray suburbia of Arlington Heights, Ill. for Rome ("Ro-ma!"). Dad had landed a job with the U.N. after answering an ad in the Wall Street Journal, which apparently used to run a classifieds section for all kinds of work. My sister Alessandra was born in Rome six months after we arrived, and our lives in Italy lived up to her elegant Italian name.There were international schools and embassy parties. My father's office had a ...
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NOTTING HILL: rischia di chiudere la libreria del film - CheDonna.it
Google News - over 5 years
... l'occasione per sognare un tubino nero e un amore in stile newyorkese; se poi il vostro ideale sentimentale è più vicino al glamour hollywoodiano basterà uno sguardo alle acque della Fontana di Trevi per trasformarvi in una sensuale Anita Ekberg
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Call Me Bwana - DVD Talk
Google News - over 5 years
Landing in Africa - the country goes unnamed, but a map suggests it's the Congo - Merriwether teams up with a voluptuous blonde scientist, Luba (Anita Ekberg), and her missionary father, Dr. Ezra Mungo (Lionel Jeffries, in a role intended for
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The Style List: The scene-stealing style of a Fellini femme fatale - Toronto Star
Google News - over 5 years
The look of Anita Ekberg in Fellini's fan favourite La Dolce Vita was so seductive it drew hoards of paparazzi to follow her every move in the streets of 1960s Rome. Her allure has had a lasting influence on fashion and remains a celebrated and coveted
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Woody Allen resucita a los paparazis en su nuevo filme - ElEspectador.com
Google News - over 5 years
Ha llovido mucho desde que aquellos fotorreporteros de Federico Fellini perseguían a la voluptuosa Anita Ekberg por las calles de una Roma intrigante en su blanco y negro. La dolce vita de la capital italiana ya no es lo que era
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Spiotta and DeLillo: You Must Remember This - New Yorker (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Denise crosses Marilyn Monroe off her list, and then mentions Anita Ekberg and at that point it came to me: the other piece of writing was by Don DeLillo and appeared in The New Yorker. The essay, called “That Day in Rome,” was published in 2003 and
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Being Modern: Coffee - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
We are Marcello Mastroianni (him), we are Anita Ekberg (her) living la dolce vita when we make a cup of the good stuff – and to turn that into the everyday, mundane experience conjured up by a "flat white" is problematic. Apply synesthesia to coffee
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Fantastic Delusion: An interview with Fee Waybill of The Tubes (part 1) - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
This year it's Anita Ekberg's tits. We're still with the tits, but it's Anita Ekberg's tits. TH: You're not big at the class reunions? FW: I went to a couple and it was just too scary. In fact I stole some of my Elmer Gantry bit from a reunion
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Salt of Life Review - Front Row Reviews
Google News - over 5 years
The scene both recalls and subverts the iconic sequence in Fellini's La dolce vita (1960), in which Anita Ekberg summoned Marcello Mastroianni in the Trevi Fountain. Indeed, “the sweet life” led by Gianni doesn't seem too far removed from that of
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'Jersey Shore' cast tightens bond while filming fourth season in Italy - Chicago Sun-Times
Google News - over 5 years
There hasn't been this much brouhaha over cameras in Italy since Anita Ekberg danced in the Trevi fountain in the classic 1960 movie “La Dolce Vita.” Of course, Ekberg's aquatic interlude was high art. “Jersey Shore” is high jinks
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What's On Today
NYTimes - over 5 years
9 P.M. (Sundance) LUDO BITES AMERICA Ludo Lefebvre, above right, catapulted to stardom at L'Orangerie and Bastide in Los Angeles, where he became the city's only chef to receive the Mobil Travel Guide Five Star Award at two restaurants. Now he is on a mission to apply his culinary talents to everyday cuisine. In this new series he and his business
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Sin cities: New books on Rome and Naples. - Slate Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita By high-speed train, Rome and Naples are a mere 70 minutes apart. Yet the two cities differ greatly in temperament, atmosphere and
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Icônes d'hier, modèle d'aujourd'hui - Puretrend.com
Google News - over 5 years
Anita Ekberg redonne au wet look ses lettres de noblesse. La célèbre scène de la fontaine dans La Dolce Vita de Fellini reste incontestablement "la" leçon de sex appeal capillaire. Une femme ivre, une chevelure blonde incandescente, une poitrine
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anita Ekberg
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 83
    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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  • 2011
    Age 79
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ekberg applied for help from the Fellini Foundation, which also found itself in difficult financial straits.
  • 2009
    Age 77
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Despite her condition not being serious, Ekberg was put under observation in the facility.
  • 2005
    Age 73
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She stated in an interview that she would not move back to Sweden before her death since she would be buried there.
  • 1999
    Age 67
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ekberg did not live in Sweden after the early 1950s, and rarely visited the country.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 24
    Both of Ekberg's marriages were to actors, but neither of them succeeded. She was wed to Anthony Steel from 1956 until their divorce in 1959, and to Rik Van Nutter from 1963 until their divorce in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details In one interview, she said she wished she had a child, but stated the opposite on another occasion.
    Ekberg was featured in five films released during 1956.
    More Details Hide Details Paramount cast her in War and Peace (1956) which was shot in Rome, alongside Mel Ferrer and Audrey Hepburn. Meanwhile, RKO Pictures gave the actress her first leading role in an early disaster film Back from Eternity (also 1956). The last two were Man in the Vault and Zarak, both minor productions that had a limited impact on her career. Ekberg starred in the British drama Interpol with Victor Mature and in Valerie (both 1957) with Sterling Hayden. She then co-starred with Bob Hope in Paris Holiday, and with Philip Carey and Gypsy Rose Lee in Screaming Mimi (both 1958). A European film, Sheba and the Gladiator (1959), followed. Federico Fellini gave Ekberg her best known role in La Dolce Vita (1960), performing as Sylvia Rank, the unattainable "dream woman" of the character played by Marcello Mastroianni. The film features a scene of her cavorting in Rome's Trevi Fountain alongside Mastroianni, which has been called "one of cinema's most iconic scenes".
  • 1953
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ekberg skipped many of her drama lessons, restricting herself to riding horses in the Hollywood Hills. Ekberg later admitted she was spoiled by the studio system and played instead of pursuing bigger film roles. The combination of Ekberg's voluptuous physique and colorful private life (such as her well-publicized romances with Hollywood's leading men, such as Frank Sinatra, Tyrone Power, Yul Brynner, Rod Taylor and Errol Flynn) appealed to the gossip magazines, like Confidential, and she soon became a major 1950s pin-up, appearing in men's magazines like Playboy. Additionally, Ekberg participated in publicity stunts. She once admitted that an incident in which her dress burst open in the lobby of London's Berkeley Hotel was prearranged with a photographer. By the mid-1950s, after several modeling jobs, Ekberg finally broke into the film industry. She guest-starred in the short-lived TV series Casablanca (1955) and Private Secretary. She had a small part in the film Blood Alley (1955) starring John Wayne and Lauren Bacall. She appeared alongside the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy act in Artists and Models (1955) and Hollywood or Bust (1956), both for Paramount Pictures. For a time, she was even publicized as "Paramount's Marilyn Monroe."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although Ekberg did not win the Miss Universe pageant, as one of six finalists she did earn a starlet's contract with Universal Studios, as was the practice at the time.
  • 1950
    Age 18
    Ekberg entered the Miss Malmö competition in 1950 at her mother's urging, leading to the Miss Sweden contest which she won.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In her teens, Anita worked as a fashion model.
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