Anita Ekberg, Fellini’s Traffic-Stopping Sex Symbol, Is Dead At 83
The blonde beauty who added a smoldering Swedish sensuality to the pantheon of European 1950s and ’60s screen sirens that included Gina Lollobrigida and Brigitte Bardot, died Sunday in Rocca di Papa, near Rome, according to reports confirmed by Deadline. She was 83.
She had lived in Italy for decades since a starring role, opposite Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini’s groundbreaking 1960 La Dolce Vita, made her an international sex symbol. In the film she she played Sylvia, a Swedish-American movie star who arrives in Rome and captures the attention of Mastroianni’s night-crawling paparazzo, who takes her on a moonlit tour of the city. In one of the episodic film’s most famous scenes, Sylvia, poured into a strapless, form-fitting black gown, wades into the Trevi Fountain, beckoning her suitor to follow.
Later she pointedly, and frequently, remarked that it was she who made Fellini a star—and not the other way around.
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