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Anita Ekberg, star of La Dolce Vita, has died aged A former Miss Sweden, she was branded a "sex goddess" for her performance in Federico Fellini's movie. The moment where she wades through Rome's Trevi Fountain in a strapless dress is considered one of cinema's most iconic scenes.
Ekberg died in Rome on Sunday morning, her lawyer confirmed. She had been in hospital since Christmas following a series of illnesses.
The actress had been in a wheelchair for several years after being knocked down by one of her pet Great Danes, breaking a hip. Born in Malmo, Sweden, inEkberg was the sixth of eight children. She said her father, a harbour master and a strict Protestant, was "the apple of my eye", although she later fell out with all but one of her siblings. After winning the Miss Sweden title at the age of 20, she travelled to America where she took part in the Miss Universe contest.
Although she didn't win and spoke very little English, she was immediately ed to a contract by Universal Anita ekberg breasts. It was in Rome that she met director Federico Fellini, who cast her in La Dolce Vita as Sylvia Rank - "the most wonderful woman created since the beginning of time" - an actress pursued by news photographers. The famous scene in the Trevi Fountain saw Ekberg and her co-star Marcello Mastroianni wading through the chilled waters in sensual abandon. The sight of the water caressing her impossibly voluptuous body was shocking for audiences in the s.
The Vatican condemned it, but the famously sharp-tongued actress was unrepentant. The fountain scene was shot on a chilly March morning in central Rome. Her co-star, Marcello Mastroianni, found the scene even more difficult, despite the luxury of a wetsuit under his clothes. He needed his acting resolve stiffened by an entire bottle of vodka, Fellini claimed. More than once, he fell over drunk in the freezing water. Maybe too many times," Ekberg told Swedish radio in Considering that La Dolce Vita gave rise to the term paparazzo, it was ironic that the movie resulted in Ekberg being hounded by the press herself.
She was constantly in the headlines for her romances with Hollywood's leading men, and her lovers were said to include Errol Flynn, Yul Brynner and Frank Sinatra. But she also made the front s when, inshe turned on photographer Felice Quinto with a bow and arrow.
Quinto was amongst a pack of reporters who anita ekberg breasts her from a nightclub to her villa in Rome. During the fracas, she was photographed with her knee in one man's groin. The actress was "furious", Quinto later reported. The police were called in to control the crowds who were trying to get a glimpse of the couple, but the marriage was doomed by Steel's heavy drinking.
The couple divorced in That union also ended in divorce in Her other roles included Blood Alley and Hollywood or Bust Fellini cast her again in his section of the portmanteau comedy Boccaccio '70where she played a 20ft version of herself with plunging cleavage, stepping down from an advertising hoarding to stalk a prudish doctor. By the late s, Ekberg had virtually disappeared from the screen, making only rare appearances in forgettable European films, although she appeared as herself in Fellini's cinematic memorybook Intervista.
According to several reports, the actress was almost penniless at the time of her death. She had been robbed of jewellery and furniture and her villa was badly damaged in a fire, forcing her to move, temporarily, into a care home. However, she continued to work, and opened a Fellini exhibition in Amsterdam in July Her lawyer Patrizia Ubaldi said that, in her last days. Ekberg was saddened by her illnesses and her advancing age.
But in an earlier interview, Ekberg had said she was not afraid of death. La Dolce Vita, 50 years and counting. Anatomy of a scene. Waning popularity. But the actress's popularity was not enduring. Related Topics. More on this story. Published 5 MarchAnita ekberg breasts
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