La Dolce Anita Ekberg: The Swedish Siren's Life In Pictures

Swedish actress Anita Ekberg sitting by a mirror in a red satin dress and a sequinned devil-horn cap, circa 1956. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Known for cutting a voluptuous figure onscreen, Anita Ekberg is most famous for her role as Sylvia in Federico Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita, but she was so much more than just an icy Swedish sex pot. Like so many young actresses in the mid 20th century, Ekberg was discovered on the pageant circuit. At the time she could barely speak English and hadn’t even thought of being an actress. This kind of nonchalance towards the cinema is what endeared her to audiences everywhere. Her performances were sensual and real, it felt like when she was onscreen she was onscreen for you.