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RIP Anita Ekberg

A time to remember the person who immortialised the fountain in Federico Fellini's 1960 film "La Dolce Vita"


Legendary Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, immortalised by her performance in Federico Fellini's 1960 film "La Dolce Vita", died on Sunday near Rome. She was 83. The voluptuous film star died in a hospital just outside the Italian capital, according to the website of the daily La Repubblica, which broke the story. A former Miss Sweden, she was branded a "sex goddess" for her performance in Federico Fellini's 1960 movie. Ekberg was born in the southern Swedish port of Malmö, but had spent much of her life in the US and had been a longtime resident of Italy in the years before her death. She had been in hospital since Christmas following a series of illnesses.


The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is Rome’s largest and most famous fountain. The flamboyant baroque ensemble was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732 and depicts Neptune’s chariot being led by Tritons with sea horses – one wild, one docile – representing the moods of the sea. The water comes from the aqua virgo, a 1st-century-BC underground aqueduct, and the name Trevi refers to the tre vie (three roads) that converge at the fountain. The famous custom is to throw a coin into the fountain, thus ensuring your return to the Eternal City. According to the same tradition if you throw in a second coin you’ll fall in love with an Italian, while a third will have you marrying him or her. The €3000 or so that is thrown away on an average day is hoovered up daily and donated to charity.


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Taken on June 14, 2012