Anita Ekberg Dead at 83

Anita Ekberg, star of 1960s ‘La Dolce Vita,’ dies from illness and old age.

The star of La Dolce Vita and 1950s sex-symbol, Anita Ekberg, passes away after a series of illnesses at the age of 83.

Anita Ekberg Dies at 83

The Swedish-born actress was born on September 29, 1931 and her death was confirmed Sunday by her lawyer Patrizia Ubaldi. Anita had been hospitalized since Christmas and her lawyer stated that she was saddened by the Hollywood icon’s inability to fight her illness due to her advanced age.

“She had hoped to get better, something that didn’t happen,” Ubaldi said.

In the 50s and 60s, Anita was a tabloid favorite due to her glamorous good looks and wild social life. Some of the tabloids even coined her “The Iceberg” in reference to her Scandinavian heritage.

Though from Sweden, Anita never actually starred in a Swedish movie and was often at odds with journalists from her native country. This was in part due to the criticism she received from Swedish journalists for leaving the country. She was also ridiculed by her people for adopting an American accent.

Anita Ekberg’s Family

The mid-century bombshell was married twice, but never had children. She was reported to have regretted this decision later in her life. Anita was born in Malmo, Sweden and grew up with seven siblings.

Ekberg’s Life in the Spotlight

After being spotted by Miss Sweden organizers on the street, Anita was convinced to enter the competition, which she won in 1951. Shortly thereafter, she packed up and moved to the United States to enter the Miss Universe competition. Though she didn’t win, she did land a gig as a model in Tinseltown and not long after she would begin landing small acting roles.

The actress’ famous role as a movie star in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita is the one that put her in the spotlight. The film debuted in the early 1960s and was a massive success; catapulting Anita’s career.

In 2005, Anita spoke about the filming of the movie on a Swedish radio show. She recalled the scene where she climbs into the Trevi Fountain in Rome and that it was ice cold due to it being February at the time. She also recalled that her co-star Marcello Mastroianni was drunk from drinking too much vodka and falling over in the famous fountain during the shoot.

“And there I was. I was freezing,” Anita said in reference to filming the movie. “They had to lift me out of the water because I couldn’t feel my legs anymore.”

“I have seen that scene a few times. Maybe too many times. I can’t stand watching it anymore, but it was beautiful at the time,” according to Anita.

Anita’s attorney told reporters that the ceremony for the actress would be held during the next few days at a church in Rome and that she requested her remains be cremated.

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