Time was not kind to Anita Ekberg...

Monday, January 12, 2015

Time was not kind to Anita Ekberg...

...the one-time Miss Sweden (1950) who died yesterday in Castelli Romani, Italy at age 83.

Movie-goers and the celebrity struck may have forgotten her, but she was immortalized in one scene in Federico Fellini's "La Dolco Vita" when she waded into Rome's Trevi Fountain in a strapless dress...

...pursued by a smitten Marcello Mastroianni following his unattainable "dream woman" and a horde of camera-wielding news stringers.

The scene is doubly notable as it was the genesis of the term "paparazzi" after the name (Paparazzo) of one of those photographers.

While not one of my fantasy favorites (like Claudia Car­di­nale, Romy Schneider or La Loren) from that period, I must acknowledge the epochal nature of that 55-year-old image and note her passing.


1. Cahiers du Cinéma said...

Is that really where the term "paparazzi" originated, or are you faking it?

Nope, it's true! One of Fellini's actors, Walter Santesso, portrayed a tabloid photographer named "Paparazzo." Fellini derived the character's name from an Italian colloquialism that describes a particularly annoying sound, that of a buzzing insect like a mosquito.

Pertect, no? And here you probably thought it was more recent and coined by one of those celebrity news TV shows that run between 7:00 and 8:00 pm… and on E! all the time!

Email address is not published
Remember Me

Write the characters in the image above