The scene where the blond bombshell, clad in a black dress, her arms wide open, calls out "Marcello" remains one of the most famous images in film history. Actress Anita Ekberg posing in front of Trevi fountain during filming of motion picture La Dolce Vita. That black and white scene etched Mastroianni’s boyish, handsome face, Ekberg’s statuesque body - and the fountain - in the minds of millions. Only one third of the monument will be covered by scaffolding at any time. Along with her title, the 20-year-old received a trip to the United States, where she was guest of honor at the Miss America contest in Atlantic City, N.J., and where, according to a 1951 Life magazine story on her, she was "the most photographed, most pursued and most popular girl" at the event. She returned in two Fellini movies: Clowns and Intervista. I let them know that I choose my own friends. Hurry up," she says, beckoning to a captivated Mastroianni and then placing her outstretched arms under the cascading water as she awaits him. "Marcello, come here. Hope, who had introduced her to his GI audience as "the greatest thing to come out of Sweden since smorgasbord," joked that "her parents got the Nobel prize for architecture. "They had to lift me out of the water because I couldn't feel my legs anymore.". is sponsoring a major restoration of the Colosseum. One of eight children, she was born Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg on Sept. 29, 1931, in Malmo, Sweden, where her father was the harbor master and where she became a model as a teenager. She later said it was because she was blunt. In an interview with Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet in 2006, Ekberg said her only regret in life was never having children. Fellini and Mastroianni are both dead. In Hollywood, she earned the nickname "The Iceberg." In reviewing "War and Peace" for The Times, film critic Edwin Schallert noted that Ekberg "is immensely forceful in her dramatic scenes.". In exchange, Fendi will get only a small sign about the size of a coffee table book telling tourists that it was the sole sponsor. But tourists need not worry. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. In 1963 she married again to actor Rik van Nutter, but that marriage also failed. "The idea for the film," Fellini once said of "La Dolce Vita," "is inseparable from the idea of Anita Ekberg.". Ekberg remained in Italy for years, appearing in scores of movies, many forgettable. ", "Still, I have a few friends, a lovely garden," she said. Rome-based Fendi, known for its extravagant furs and chic baguette clutches worn by movie star Sarah Jessica Parker and pop singer Rihanna, is the latest luxury goods company helping Italy keep up its cultural heritage sites. "I don't know if paradise or hell exist, but I'm sure hell is more groovy.". "I say what I think to the face," Ekberg told the Daily Mail in 1999. “It seemed right to thank this city, which since 1925 offered inspiration, creativity, aesthetic fervour and culture, a home where our brand has prospered and grown from a Roman fashion house into a global fashion label,” said Pietro Beccari, president and CEO of Fendi. Lagerfeld said he would make a book of photographs of Rome fountains called “Glory of Water”. With my first paycheck, I bought a cocktail dress and mink stole.". ROME (Reuters) - Anita Ekberg, who famously waded in Rome’s Trevi Fountain with Marcello Mastroianni in the 1960 classic film “La Dolce Vita”, would probably say “It’s about time, darling!”. , the Italian luxury fashion house which is picking up the tab for 2.2 million euro restoration. All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. Tourists will still be able to toss coins in the basin - a tradition said to ensure that they will return to the Eternal City. Anita Ekberg, the Swedish-born actress and sex-symbol of the 1950s and '60s who was immortalized bathing in the Trevi fountain in La Dolce Vita, has died. Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper, who also accompanied Hope, wrote that Ekberg's appearance onstage in a long mink coat spurred so many wolf whistles that they "must have cracked every iceberg as far south as Maine.". She married twice but never had children — a fact she came to regret later in her life. She was 83. She was 83. Anita Ekberg, the Swedish-born actress and sex-symbol of the 1950s and '60s who was immortalized bathing in the Trevi fountain in La Dolce Vita, has died.

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