Anita Ekberg, Star of ‘La Dolce Vita’, Passes Away at Age 83

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I’ve made no secret about loving Federico Fellini‘s La Dolce Vita as noted in hard financial times, several years removed from the memory we have of her, wading in Rome’s Trevi Fountain with Marcello Mastroianni.

Ekberg landed a contract with Universal back in the early ’50s after appearing at the 1951 Miss Universe contest, after which she would land roles in films such as King Vidor‘s War and Peace as well as three other Fellini features — I clowns, Intervista and Boccaccio ’70.

Ekberg’s passing comes as the result of a complications with a long illness, her lawyer, Patrizia Ubaldi, told the New York Times. If you haven’t experienced her work in La Dolce Vita, it really must be experienced within the confines of the film, but here’s a clip if you aren’t willing.

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