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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 29 September 1931Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden
Date of Death 11 January 2015Rocca di Papa, Lazio, Italy  (complications of enduring illnesses)
Birth NameKerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg
Nicknames The Iceberg
Miss Sweden
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was born on September 29, 1931 in Malmo, Sweden. Growing up with seven brothers and sisters was not an adventure, but Anita's adventure began when she was elected Miss Sweden in 1950. She did not win the Miss Universe contest but she got a modeling contract in the United States. She quickly got a film contract with Howard Hughes's RKO that did not lead anywhere (but Anita herself has said that Hughes wanted to marry her). Instead, she started making movies with Universal, small roles that more often than not only required her to look beautiful. After five years in Hollywood, she found herself in Rome, where Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960) meant her breakthrough. She stayed in Italy and made around 20 movies during the next ten years, some roles memorable, some to be forgotten. Her two marriages gave her a great deal of attention from the press. During the 1970s, the roles became less frequent, but she made a marvellous comeback with Fellini's Intervista (1987).

Anita Ekberg retired from acting in 2002 after 50 years in the motion picture industry. In December 2011, she was destitute following three months in a hospital with a broken thigh in Rimini, during which her home was robbed of jewelry and furniture, and her villa was badly damaged in a fire. Ekberg applied for help from the Fellini Foundation, which also found itself in difficult financial straits. She died at age 83 from complications of an enduring illness on January 11, 2015 at the clinic San Raffaele in Rocca di Papa, Italy. Anita Ekberg had a new film project with exclusively female Italian producer "Le Bestevem", in which her character, as movie star, should've been recovered again as an icon of the big screen, a project that was interrupted by her death.

Her funeral was held on January 14, 2015, at the Lutheran-Evangelical Christuskirche in Rome, after which her body was cremated and her remains were buried at the cemetery of Skanor Church in Sweden.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mattias Thuresson <mattias.thuresson@mbox300.swipnet.se>

Spouse (2)

Rik Van Nutter (9 April 1963 - 1975) (divorced) (1 child)
Anthony Steel (22 May 1956 - 14 May 1959) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Platinum blonde hair
Cat-like blue eyes
Voluptuous figure
Seductive deep voice

Trivia (17)

Miss Sweden 1950.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#98) (1995).
Was up for the lead role in the short-lived television series Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (1955) before her contract was bought out by John Wayne's production company Batjac Productions.
Returned to Sweden in 1964 to appear in her first Swedish movie, Bo Widerberg's Kärlek 65 (1965), but canceled her appearance because, she said, "Widerberg was such an amateur!".
Best known by the public for her role as Sylvia Rank in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960), which features the famous scene of her cavorting in Rome's Trevi Fountain, clad in a black gown with a plunging neckline.
Had a long involvement with Tyrone Power that began when she was uncredited in his film The Mississippi Gambler (1953). She was involved with him during his subsequent tour of "John Brown's Body" and showed up in New York while he was filming The Eddy Duchin Story (1956). At one point, he took her to Cincinnati with him to meet his family. This all took place while he was married to Linda Christian. Christian describes the affair, but never mentions Ekberg's name, in her autobiography.
On July 19, 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 its neurosurgery department. Despite her condition not being considered serious, Ekberg was put under observation in the facility.
In December 2011, Ekberg was destitute following three months in a hospital with a broken thigh in Rimini, during which her home was robbed of jewelry and furniture, and her villa was badly damaged in a fire. She applied for help from the Fellini Foundation, which also found itself in difficult financial straits.
Had not lived in Sweden since the early 1950s and rarely visited the country. She had welcomed Swedish journalists in her house outside Rome, and in 2005, appeared on the radio program "Sommar", talking about her life. She stated in an interview that she would not move back to Sweden before her death, since she would be buried there. Ekberg said that the Swedish people and media have not appreciated her sufficiently; nevertheless, her personal and radio appearances have been popular in Sweden.
Was considered for the role of Honey Rider in the first James Bond film Dr. No (1962), which went to Ursula Andress. Ekberg later co-starred with Andress in the Western comedy 4 for Texas (1963).
Is one of five Swedish actresses to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. The others are Ingrid Bergman, Lena Olin, Ann-Margret and Rebecca Ferguson.
Was mentioned in the song "I Shall Be Free" by Bob Dylan on his 1963 album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan".
Was mentioned in the song "High School Confidential" by the Canadian New Wave group Rough Trade.
Was engaged in a long-running personal feud with fellow starlet Cleo Moore.
Celebrity spokesperson for Foster Grant sunglasses during the 1960s.
Retired from acting in 2002 after 50 years in the motion picture industry.
1955 Hollywood Deb Star.

Personal Quotes (8)

How can I know who's PM or in government in Sweden? It's been 40 years since I moved abroad! Oh!
I'm very proud of my breasts, as every woman should be. It's not cellular obesity, it's womanliness.
I'm very much bigger than I was, so what? It's not really fatness, it's development.
When you're born beautiful, it helps you start in the business. But then it becomes a handicap.
They would like to keep up the story that [Federico Fellini] made me famous, Fellini discovered me. So many have said they discovered me.
If you want "la dolce vita", it is how you look at life. When I go back to Rome, my roses will be in bloom again.
I was lonely, but I have no regrets. I have loved, cried, been mad with happiness. I have won and I have lost.
I don't know if paradise or hell exists, but I'm sure hell is more groovy.

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