Anita Ekberg. File photo: TT
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Anita Ekberg. File photo: TT
Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain. File photo: TT
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Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain. File photo: TT.

Anita Ekberg 1931 - 2015

"When they see a movie star up there on the screen, they feel that we are not human beings, somehow"
18 min

Swedish film icon Anita Ekberg passed away in January 2014, at the age of 83.

Anita Ekberg was born in 1931 in Malmö and grew up with seven siblings. She began her career as a model, and won the Miss Sweden contest in 1951, which took her to the finals of the Miss Universe pagent. Her acting career followed soon afterwards and she left Sweden for Hollywood, and later Italy, where she died.

She was most famous for her role as Sylvia in Frederico Fellini's “La Dolce Vita” from 1960, and especially the scene where she bathes in Rome's Trevi fountain.

Radio Sweden's Kenneth Locke caught up with the actress at the beginning of her career, back in early 1958, just before she started working with Fellini.

In the 20-minute long interview in her home in Skåne, Ekberg talks about life as an actress, press interest in her private life, and why she was not interested at the time in Swedish cinema.

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