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Anita Ekberg: La Dolce Vita 'sex goddess' dies at 83

By Roisin O'Connor

La Dolce Vita star Anita Ekberg has died aged 83.

The Swedish-born actress received acclaim for her performance as Sylvia in Federico Fellini's iconic film as the unattainable "dream woman" and was branded a "sex goddess".

Italian media reported her death yesterday, which was soon confirmed by her lawyer. Patrizia Ubaldi said Ekberg had been hospitalised after Christmas following a series of illnesses.

A former Miss Sweden, she also appeared in films such as Blood Alley and War And Peace. La Dolce Vita revolved around a series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering journalist living in Rome.

Ekberg was immortalised after she was filmed bathing in the Trevi fountain in La Dolce Vita. She had long lived in Italy, the country that gave her worldwide fame. She was married twice, first to Anthony Steel in 1956. They divorced three years later and she married Rik Van Nutter in 1963 until 1975.

The star died in Rome yesterday morning, La Stampa reported, having been in hospital for some time in the clinic San Raffaele in Rocca di Papa.

According to several reports, the actress was almost penniless at the time of her death.

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