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ANITA EKBERG BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Anita Ekberg was born on September 29th, 1931 in, Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden with the birth name Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg.  She was born into a large family with seven siblings total and grew up in Sweden.  In 1950, she entered the Miss Sweden contest and won the title.  She did not go on to win Miss Universe, but she did earn herself a modeling contract in the United States which soon followed with a film contract.  
 
Her film contract was with RKO Pictures but it did not really do that much for her career.  She began working with Universal Pictures on a number of films, being cast in quite small roles.  She was given training in drama, elocution, dancing, horse-riding and fencing which the studio hoped would help make her more valuable to the film industry.  She was not getting cast in decent films and mostly her roles were only given to her based on her physical appearance such as, "Hollywood or Bust" (1956) starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom and Pat Crowley, "Artists and Models" (1955) starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Dorothy Malone, Eva Gabor and Shirley MacLaine, "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars" (1953) starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Mari Blanchard, Jack Kruschen, Martha Hyer, Joe Kirk and Horace McMahon and a small part in "Blood Alley" (1955) starring John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix and Mike Mazurki.
 
She then relocated to Rome to work on films there such as the film "War and Peace" (1956) starring Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman and Herbert Lom and "La Dolce Vita" (1960) with Marcello Mastroianni, which seemed to be her biggest break through role.  She followed with about twenty more films in Italy and for the most part her roles continued to be mainly based on her appearance such as, "Fangs of the Living Dead" (1969) with Gianni Medici and Diana Lorys, "I Clowns" (1972) and "Intervista" (1987) which turned out to be one comeback role. 

Anita even did a few television shows such as "The Bob Hope Show" and "Private Secretary" starring Ann Sothern and Don Porter.
 
Anita Ekberg married twice, first to Anthony Steel in 1956 and they were together until 1959.  Her second marriage was to Rik Van Nutter from 1963 through 1975.  She never had any children with either of her husbands but has said during a public interview that she regrets never having children of her own. 
 
She was chosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history.  She has not moved back to Sweden since the late 1950's and she continues to live in Rome and has made an occasional radio appearances.


Filmography

2002 Il bello delle donne
1998 Le nain rouge 
1996 Bámbola 
1996 Witness Run
1992 Ambrogio 
1992 Cattive ragazze 
1991 Il conte Max 
1988 Quando ancora non c'erano i Beatles 
1986 Dolce pelle di Angela
1982 Cicciabomba
1980 S+H+E: Security Hazards Expert
1979 Suor Omicidi 
1979 Gold of the Amazon Women
1975 Valley of the Dancing Widows
1974 Anno Schmidt
1972 Deadly Trackers
1972 The French Sex Murders 
1972 Northeast of Seoul
1970 The Conjugal Debt 
1970 The Divorce
1970 Quella chiara notte d'ottobre 
1969 The Blonde Connection
1969 A Candidate for a Killing
1969 Fangs of the Living Dead 
1969 If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
1968 Crónica de un atraco
1967 Woman Times Seven
1967 The Glass Sphinx
1967 The Cobra
1966 Scusi, lei è favorevole o contrario?
1966 Way... Way Out 
1966 Come imparai ad amare le donne
1965 Das Liebeskarussell 
1965 The Alphabet Murders 
1964 Love Factory 
1963 4 for Texas
1963 Call Me Bwana
1962 Boccaccio '70 
1961 The Mongols 
1961 A porte chiuse 
1960 Little Girls and High Finance
1960 Le tre eccetera del colonnello 
1960 The Dam on the Yellow River
1960 La Dolce Vita
1959 Sheba and the Gladiator
1958 The Man Inside
1958 Screaming Mimi
1958 Paris Holiday
1957 Valerie 
1957 Pickup Alley
1956 Zarak 
1956 Man in the Vault
1956 Hollywood or Bust
1956 Back from Eternity 
1956 War and Peace 
1955 Artists and Models
1955 Blood Alley 
1955 Casablanca
1955 The Bob Hope Show
1953 Private Secretary
1953 The Golden Blade 
1953 Take Me to Town
1953 Abbott and Costello Go to Mars
1953 The Mississippi Gambler 





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