Blonde and buxom to a physics-defying degree, Swedish born actress Anita Ekberg became the very definition of cinematic sex goddess with her iconic performance in Italian director Federico Fellini's "...
Veteran actress Anita Ekberg has died, aged 83. Ekberg passed away on Sunday (11Jan15) at a hospital in Rome following a series of illnesses, which left her wheelchair-bound. The cause of death was not disclosed as WENN went to press.
The Swedish-born actress is best known for her role as Sylvia in Federico Fellini's classic film La Dolce Vita, appearing in one of the movie's most iconic scenes, wading through Rome's Trevi Fountain in a strapless dress.
She appeared in numerous Hollywood films including War and Peace with Audrey Hepburn and 4 for Texas with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, and was even considered to play the first Bond girl in Dr. No, but lost the role to Ursula Andress.
Ekberg was also known for her string of relationships with Hollywood's leading men and was linked to stars including Errol Flynn, Yul Brynner and Sinatra.
Oscar winner Natalie Portman has reenacted Anita Ekberg's iconic scene in La Dolce Vita for a new perfume ad. The actress dons a black dress to frolick in the fountain at Paris' Jardins du Palais Royal for the new Miss Dior fragrance campaign.
The Swedish-born star, a former model, is wheelchair-bound and has been living in a home for the elderly near Rome, Italy after her house was set on fire during a burglary.
The 80 year old's finances are being looked after by court-appointed administrator Massimo Morais, and he recently wrote to Fellini's estate pleading poverty, insisting Ekberg is struggling to get by because she has no valuable assets.
Morais tells Italian newspaper La Stampa, "It's not elegant to say it but Mrs Ekberg's real problem is a lack of liquidity.
"The Fellini Foundation has not replied yet but I am confident of solidarity from anyone who wants to share with other benefactors in helping out, however modestly, a good actress who really deserves it."
The Baywatch bombshell landed her first Playboy cover way back in 1989, and was named Playmate of the year in 1990. And now, 20 years later, Anderson is baring all again for the January 2011 issue, cavorting naked in a pool as an homage to Ekberg's infamous scene in Rome, Italy's Trevi Fountain with Marcello Mastroianni in the 1960 movie classic.
On his Twitter.com page, Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner writes, "Pamela Anderson is in the (Playboy) Mansion swimming pool, posing for the January cover in a tribute to 'La Dolce Vita'."
Anderson, who will be 43 when the magazine is published, last posed for the Playboy cover in 2007.
With Mastroianni, appeared as themselves in Fellini's mock documentary "Intervista"
Appeared as a flamboyant opera star who is romance by the titular character in "Le Nain rouge/The Red Dwarf" (released in the U.S. in 1999)
Worked as model
Acted in "Il Conte Max," a film directed by Christian de Sica (son of Vittorio)
Film acting debut in "Terras foster No. 5"
U.S. film debut in "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars" and "The Golden Blade"
Co-starred with Shirley MacLaine in Vittorio de Sica's "Woman Times Seven"
Moved to Los Angeles, CA
Played a character loosely based on herself in "Artists and Models," featuring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
Made guest appearance on the ABC series "Casablanca" playing Ilsa (the role created in the film by Ingrid Bergman)
Landed one of her best Hollywood roles as Helene in King Vidor's "War and Peace"
Played herself in Fellini's "I Pagliacci/Clowns"
Reteamed with Fellini for "Le tentazioni del Dottor Antonio," his segment of "Boccacio '70"
Competed in the Miss Universe pageant
Made one of her last acting appearances on Italian TV series "Il Bello delle donne"
Delivered her signature film performance as the movie star Sylvia in Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita," co-starring Marcello Mastroianni
Named Miss Sweden
U.S. TV-movie debut as the queen in "Gold of the Amazon Women" (NBC)
Played an elderly restaurant owner who is killed in a gas explosion in ""Bambola"
Blonde and buxom to a physics-defying degree, Swedish born actress Anita Ekberg became the very definition of cinematic sex goddess with her iconic performance in Italian director Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" (1960). Coming to America after winning the Miss Sweden beauty competition in 1950, Ekberg soon secured herself a contract with Universal Pictures and began a string of appearances in such features as "Blood Alley" (1955), "Hollywood or Bust" (1956) and the historical epic "War and Peace" (1956). Often eclipsing her work on screen, however, were the alleged romantic liaisons with many of Hollywood's most powerful leading men, including Tyrone Power, Gary Cooper and Frank Sinatra. Sub-par genre pictures with titles like "Sheba and the Gladiator" (1959) were fast becoming Ekberg's stock-in-trade before Fellini cast the stunning actress in "La Dolce Vita," instantly making her co-star Marcello Mastroianni an international superstar, but oddly, doing little to advance her career. After a few more mainstream efforts like "4 for Texas" (1963), Ekberg settled for decades of forgettable European-produced B-movies until she appeared as herself in the Fellini reminiscence "Intervista" (1987). Although her performance in "La Dolce Vita" far outshone any of Ekberg's performances before or after, the image of her cavorting with Mastroianni in Rome's historic Trevi Fountain would be more than enough to ensure her a place in the pantheon of film's greatest sex symbols for all time. Anita Ekberg died in her adopted home of Italy on January 11, 2015.
Reportedly were romantically involved in the early 1960s
Married in 1963; Divorced in 1975
Dated in early 1950s
Born on May 21, 1919; Married in 1956 in Florence, Italy; his second marriage
; Steel reportedly was an alcoholic whose drinking problem caused the breakup of the marriage; Divorced in 1959; Died in March 2001 at age 81
"Anita is very simpatica, but not at all intelligent. Fellini adored her, but he treated her like a big doll. I told him people kept asking me to ask him if he had ever slept with her, and Fellini laughed and replied, 'By all means, tell them yes.'" – Fellini biographer and film critic Tullio Kezich quoted in The New York Times, June 13, 1999
On working with Fellini, Ekberg told Allesandra Stanley: "I didn't speak Italian and he didn't speak English at that time. We communicated by looking at each other. It was most amazing. We didn't need dialogue very often. With the little Italian I knew, and the little English he knew, we communicated very well." – Ekberg on working with Fellini, told to Allesandra Stanley of The New York Times, June 13, 1999