Anita Ekberg young photos star of 'La Dolce Vita' best movies

Anita Ekberg

Anita Ekberg young

Birth Date

September 29, 1931



Sun Sign


Natural hair color


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5 ft 7 in | 170 cm

Anita Ekberg young photos

Body Measurements

40-24-36 in | 102-61-91 cm


59 kg | 130 pounds

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Shoe size

8 US | 38 EU

Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Anita Ekberg was born in Malmö, Skåne, Sweden, on September 29, 1931, was a Swedish actress.

Young Anita Ekberg first started her career as a fashion model.

She was Miss Sweden in 1950.

She made her big screen debut in Western adventure film The Mississippi Gambler (1953) in uncredited role as Maid of Honor.

Her breakthrough performance came as Sylvia in Italian comedy drama movie La Dolce Vita (1960) opposite Marcello Mastroianni, directed by Federico Fellini.

Best Movies

She won the Golden Globe for New Star of the Year for her role as Cathy Grainger in thriller action film Blood Alley (1955) opposite John Wayne and Lauren Bacall.

Artists and Models (1955) musical comedy with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin

Hollywood or Bust (1956) comedy with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin

War and Peace (1956) war drama with Audrey Hepburn

Back from Eternity (1956) drama in leading role as Rena

Boccaccio '70 (1962) fantasy romance with Sophia Loren

4 for Texas (1963) Western comedy opposite Frank Sinatra

Intervista (1987) drama fantasy opposite Marcello Mastroianni

Man in the Vault (1956) thriller in role as Flo Randall

Valerie (1957) Western with Sterling Hayden

Paris Holiday (1958) comedy opposite Bob Hope

Screaming Mimi (1958) drama mystery in role as Virginia Wilson / Yolanda Lange

Sheba and the Gladiator (1959) historical drama in role as Zenobia

The Mongols (1961) historical adventure with Jack Palance

Boccaccio '70 (1962) opposite Sophia Loren and Romy Schneider

Call Me Bwana (1963) action comedy with Bob Hope

Way... Way Out (1966) comedy opposite Jerry Lewis

The Cobra (1967) thriller crime with Dana Andrews

TV Shows

She played Queen Na-Eela in TV film Gold of the Amazon Women (1979).


Became a permanent resident in Italy (1964).

Featured in Playboy magazine in 1956.

Retired from acting in 2002.

Ekberg died on January 11, 2015, Rocca di Papa, Italy, at the age of 83.


She was married to actors:

Anthony Steel (1956-1959)

Rik Van Nutter (1963-1975)

She dated Scott Brady (1951), Gianni Agnelli (1959), Baby Pignatari (1958), Walter Chiari (1958), Jeff Richards (1955-1956), Ted Briskin (1952), Fred Otash (1952), Tyrone Power (1952), Yul Brynner (1952), Alain Delon and Tony Curtis.


It was I who made Fellini famous, not the other way around.

If you want "la dolce vita", it is how you look at life. When I go back to Rome, my roses will be in bloom again.

I'm very proud of my breasts, as every woman should be. It's not cellular obesity. It's womanliness.

I was lonely, but I have no regrets. I have loved, cried, been mad with happiness. I have won and I have lost.

I like lots of things. But there are three things I like most. Love, love and love.

When the film was presented in New York, the distributor reproduced the fountain scene on a billboard as high as a skyscraper. My name was in the middle in huge letters, Fellini's was at the bottom, very tiny. Now the name of Fellini has become very great, mine very little.