Arrivederci, Anita Ekberg.

anita ekberg trevi fountain

Anita Ekberg was the woman in one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century, the blonde temptress in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Taking a dip in the Trevi Fountain wearing a form-fitting 1950s ball gown was the epitome of glamour, and her poster hung on my wall as inspiration all the way through college. Anita Ekberg may have died an old lady in her bed, but to me she will always be the siren in the Trevi Fountain.

Here’s her finest moment from La Dolce Vita:


2 thoughts on “Arrivederci, Anita Ekberg.

  1. Anita Ekberg at Fontana di Trevi, Roma…

    “I am not strong enough to gaze at the light
    of that lady, and do not know how to make a screen
    from shadowy places, or the late hour:
    yet, with weeping and infirm eyes, my fate
    leads me to look on her: and well I know
    I wish to go beyond the fire that burns me…”


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