1. “Anita Ekberg R.I.P.” The international screen beauty and Fellini star dies at 83.
“Anita Ekberg, who became an international symbol of lush beauty and unbridled sensuality in the 1960 Federico Fellini film La Dolce Vita, died Sunday morning. She was 83. Her death, in Rocca di Papa, southeast of Rome, was caused by complications from a longtime illness and was confirmed by her lawyer, Patrizia Ubaldi. Fellini cast Ms. Ekberg in La Dolce Vita as a hedonistic American actress visiting Rome. A single moonlit scene—in which she wades into the Trevi Fountain in a strapless evening gown, turns her face ecstatically to the fountain’s waterfall and seductively calls Marcello Mastroianni’s character to join her—established her place in cinema history. Ms. Ekberg won a Golden Globe, sharing the 1956 award for most promising newcomer with Dana Wynter and Victoria Shaw, but most of her roles focused primarily on her face and figure. When she traveled overseas to entertain American troops in the 1950s, it was as a sex symbol. Bob Hope introduced her as ’the greatest thing to come from Sweden since smorgasbord’ and joked that her parents had won the Nobel Prize for architecture.”