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Actress Anita Ekberg

Updated on October 1, 2014

Anita Ekberg, a beautiful Swedish actress

Anita Ekberg was born in 1931, the oldest girl and the sixth of eight children. In her teens, she worked as a fashion model. In 1950, Ekberg entered the Miss Malm competition at her mother's urging, leading to the Miss Sweden contest, which she won. She consequently went to the United States to compete for the Miss Universe title, despite not speaking English.

Although she did not win Miss Universe, as one of six finalists she did earn a starlet's contract with Universal Studios, as was the rule at the time.

Federico Fellini gave Ekberg her greatest role in La dolce vita (1960), in which she played the unattainable "dream woman" opposite Marcello Mastroianni; then Boccaccio '70 in 1960, a movie that also featured Sophia Loren. Fellini would call her back for two other films: I clowns (1972), and Intervista (1987), where she played herself in a reunion scene with Mastroianni.

La Dolce Vita was a sensational success, and Anita Ekberg's uninhibited cavorting in Rome's Trevi Fountain remains one of the most celebrated images in film history.

Ekberg has not lived in Sweden since the early 1950s and rarely visits the country. She has welcomed Swedish journalists in her house outside Rome, and in 2005 appeared in the popular radio program Sommar, talking about her life. She stated in an interview that she will never move back to Sweden until she dies, when she will be buried there.Anita Ekberg has said that the Swedish people and media have not appreciated her sufficiently; nevertheless, her personal and radio appearances have been popular in Sweden.

In July 2009 she has been taken to an hospital in Rome by some friends who found her out of her house in Genzano di Roma.


Anita Ekberg on YouTube

A really good site about Anita Ekberg

Here you can find links, photos and facts about her.

Movies with Anita Ekberg

La Dolce Vita (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (1961)
La Dolce Vita (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (1961)

At three brief hours, La Dolce Vita, a piece of cynical, engrossing social commentary, stands as Federico Fellini's timeless masterpiece. A rich, detailed panorama of Rome's modern decadence and sophisticated immorality, the film is episodic in structure but held tightly in focus by the wandering protagonist through whom we witness the sordid action.

 

Tell me please. May be you will buy one of these fantastic movies and enjoy thinking about me =)=)

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 years ago from London England

      Furthermore she followed tis one up with the 1959 epic Zenobia Queen of Palmyra, not the only time that she has portrayed a warrior queen.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 years ago from London England

      In the 1956 cinematic production of Zarak. Anita Ekberg portrayed the leading lady in the role of Salma. This was the first motion picture starring Anita Ekberg that i ever saw then. Due to her Nordic complexion Salma did play the part convincingly as the costumery and culture of the region did reflect in her style of acting. Set in 1920' /30's North West frontier but filmed in Morocco which added an exotic touch to augment her beauty and mystique.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      3 years ago from London England

      Today we mourn the sad passing of 'screen siren' Anita Ekberg due to complications from a long illness. I'll never forget the scene of Ms Ekberg cavorting fully clothed in the fountain or as the giantess seducing a little man in his recurring dreams. As a ten year old boy watching her exotic dance sequence in Zarak i flipped as did some of the extras appearing on the set. No wonder Anita Ekberg was some times referred to as Anita Iceberg! Repose in peace, Anita.

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      Paul 

      5 years ago from Montreal

      Oh la la!

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      Ruth Coffee 

      9 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Wow, she's definitely one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen.

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      GramaBarb 

      9 years ago from Vancouver

      I've heard the name but I did not really know anything about her. Thanks for the information and for being such a good teacher about Sweden. I learn something new everytime I visit your lens.

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