Anita Ekberg, one of the most celebrated beauties of classic Hollywood, has died.
Anita Ekberg, the actress who danced in the Fontana di Trevi in Federico Fellini’s film “La Dolce Vita,” has died at the age of 83. Ekberg had been hospitalized recently after a series of illnesses, her lawyer, Patrizia Ubaldi told the Associated Press. She died at the Rocca di Papa Hospital in Rome.
RIP Anita Ekberg, best known for her iconic role as "the most wonderful woman created since the beginning of time" pic.twitter.com/PQUD1MrZTm— BFI (@BFI) January 11, 2015
Ekberg, a Golden Globe winner, starred in over 40 movies in her decades-long career. Most cinephiles likely remember her from the iconic scene in Fellini’s 1960 film, where a young Anita, clad in a revealing black dress, danced in the Trevi fountain in Rome.
“She had the beauty of a young goddess,” the director said, according to U.K. film critic Ronald Bergan on the cinema website Light Sleeper. “The luminous color of her skin, her clear ice-blue eyes, golden hair, exuberance, joie de vivre, made her into a grandiose creature, extra-terrestrial and at the same time moving and irresistible.”
Ekberg was hailed as one of the great beauties of her age and she continued her reign well into the 70s. She won the Golden Globe for her role in the 1955 movie Blood Alley, where she co-starred alongside John Wayne and Lauren Bacall. She also acted with Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda in War and Peace in 1956 and earned global fame with La Dolce Vita.