|Anita Ekberg takes a stroll through Rome's Tivoli Fountain in Fellini's La Dolce Vita.|
Anita Ekberg, the "dream woman" in Fellini's LA DOLCE VITA and the vampire in FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD, has died. She was 83 years old. The Swedish-born Ekberg had a long and storied career, marked with tempestuous love affairs and a controversial public life which included a career as a pin up model and an appearance in the fledgling magazine, PLAYBOY. Ekberg was sultry and beautiful and the cameras followed her everywhere. Like so many others of her ilk, her later years were spent in tragic poverty. We fortunately have her memories on-screen as a more fitting legacy.