Anita Ekberg, best known for her role in ‘La Dolce Vita’ and being a global sex symbol, died Jan. 11 after battling a longtime illness. She was 83 years old.
One of the first international sex symbols, Anita Ekberg, has passed away. Anita died of complications from an illness on Jan. 11 in Rocca di Papa, Italy. She became one of the biggest onscreen beauties after starring in Federico Fellini’s 1960 film, La Dolce Vita.
Anita Ekberg Dead: ‘La Dolce Vita’ Star & International Sex Symbol Dies
Anita died the morning of Jan. 11, the New York Times reports. Her lawyer, Patrizia Ubaldi, confirmed her death.
She passed away due to complications from an illness she had been suffering from for quite some time.
She rose to superstardom with her role in La Dolce Vita. The scene where she wades through the Trevi Fountain in a sexy strapless dress cemented her as one of the premier sex symbols of her time. It also became on the most memorable film scenes of all time.
However, eyes had been on Anita for years. She won a Golden Globe in 1956 for Most Promising Newcomer. She was awarded the Miss Sweden title when she was just 20 years old.
Anita starred in a number of big films, including War and Peace, Back from Eternity, Paris Holiday and Interpol.
She was married to Anthony Steel from 1956 to 1959 and then to Rik Van Nutter from 1963 to 1975. She never had children.
Anita had been reportedly in declining health for several years after breaking her hip, according to the BBC.
Her last onscreen appearance was Beauty Centre in 2002.
Our thoughts go out to Anita’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Avery Thompson