Anita Ekberg, La Dolce Vita Oscar Winner, Dies at 83

Anita Ekberg
A publicity still of Swedish actress Anita Ekberg as Helene Kuragina, on the set of the film 'War and Peace', 1956. The film is set during the Napoleonic Wars, and based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy. Archive Photos/Getty Images

As Hollywood gears up for the Golden Globes, the news broke that Oscar-winning actress Anita Ekberg has died. The star of the 1960 film La Dolce Vita passed away age 83 on Sunday, Jan. 11, near Rome, Italy, Reuters reports. 

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The Swedish actress had been fighting an illness for two years, and her funeral will be held in Rome this week. Her body will be cremated, and her ashes will be returned to her birthplace in Sweden. 

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Ekberg was crowned Miss Sweden in the '50s. She also appeared in 1956's War and Peace, 1963's 4 For Texas, and 1979's The Killer Nun

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But she was most famous for her scene in La Dolce Vita, in which she frolicked in the Trevi fountain, marking her as a sex symbol. 

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"I was freezing to death," Ekberg told Swedish TV (via Reuters). "I thought that my legs were becoming icicles. The water in the fountain comes from the mountains and the film as made in January."

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