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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Remembering Anita Ekberg 1931 - 2015

Actress Anita Ekberg, who died Sunday at age 83, first gained fame while competing as Miss Sweden in the 1951 Miss Universe pageant. Although she didn't win the crown, she went on to appear in many films and received a Golden Globe in 1956 for Most Promising Female Newcomer. Ms. Ekberg may be best remembered for her role as Sylvia in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960), and her other credits include Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953), Blood Alley (1955), Artists and Models (1955), War and Peace (1956), Back from Eternity (1956), Hollywood or Bust (1956), Paris Holiday (1958), Screaming Mimi (1958), Boccaccio '70 (1962), Call Me Bwana (1963), 4 for Texas (1963), Way...Way Out (1966), Woman Times Seven (1967), Malenka (aka Fangs of the Living Dead, 1969), Killer Nun (1978) and Intervista (1987).

Below you can watch Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita with Marcello Mastroianni, as the Mystery Guest on What's My Line? in 1958 (beginning at 17:17), and in trailers for Back from Eternity, Screaming Mimi and Killer Nun.

1 comment:

joel65913 said...

Such a beautiful woman. That appearance on What's My Line is the very definition of a Movie Star Entrance! She seemed nervous but charming.

It's been rough times for classic stars in general but Italy's film legacy in particular has been hard hit of late what with Anita, film maker Francesco Rosi the day before her and Virna Lisi last month.

It doesn't seem difficult to grasp that Olivia de Havilland bless her is 98. She was making films since the mid-30's but it's a jolt to realize those stars of the 60's and sometimes 70's are in their 80's or fast approaching. Someone did mention to me that the distance between Gone With The Wind's release and 1960 was only 21 years but it's still tough to wrap my head around.