Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Photo Portret Anita Ekberg

La Dolce Vita star Anita Ekberg dies

Anita Ekberg, star of La Dolce Vita, has died aged 83.

A former Miss Sweden, she was branded a "sex goddess" for her performance in Federico Fellini's 1960 movie.
The moment where she wades through Rome's Trevi Fountain in a strapless dress is considered one of cinema's most iconic scenes.
Ekberg died in Rome on Sunday morning, her lawyer confirmed. She had been in hospital since Christmas following a series of illnesses.
The actress had been in a wheelchair for several years after being knocked down by one of her pet Great Danes, breaking a hip.
Born in Malmo, Sweden, in 1931, Ekberg was the sixth of eight children.
She said her father, a harbour master and a strict Protestant, was "the apple of my eye", although she later fell out with all but one of her siblings.
After winning the Miss Sweden title at the age of 20, she travelled to America where she took part in the Miss Universe contest.
Although she didn't win and spoke very little English, she was immediately signed to a contract by Universal Pictures.
The studio sent her to work in Italy, where she played Henry Fonda's unfaithful wife in King Vidor's War and Peace (1956).

It was in Rome that she met director Federico Fellini, who cast her in La Dolce Vita as Sylvia Rank - "the most wonderful woman created since the beginning of time" - an actress pursued by news photographers.
The famous scene in the Trevi Fountain saw Ekberg and her co-star Marcello Mastroianni wading through the chilled waters in sensual abandon.
The sight of the water caressing her impossibly voluptuous body was shocking for audiences in the 1950s.

The Vatican condemned it, but the famously sharp-tongued actress was unrepentant.
"I'm very proud of my breasts, as every woman should be," she once said.
"It's not cellular obesity, it's womanliness."

The fountain scene was shot on a chilly March morning in central Rome.
"I was freezing,'' said Ekberg. "They had to lift me out of the water because I couldn't feel my legs anymore."
Her co-star, Marcello Mastroianni, found the scene even more difficult, despite the luxury of a wetsuit under his clothes. He needed his acting resolve stiffened by an entire bottle of vodka, Fellini claimed. More than once, he fell over drunk in the freezing water.
"I have seen that scene a few times. Maybe too many times," Ekberg told Swedish radio in 2005.
"I can't stand watching it anymore, but it was beautiful at the time."

Considering that La Dolce Vita gave rise to the term paparazzo, it was ironic that the movie resulted in Ekberg being hounded by the press herself.
She was constantly in the headlines for her romances with Hollywood's leading men, and her lovers were said to include Errol Flynn, Yul Brynner and Frank Sinatra.
But she also made the front pages when, in 1960, she turned on photographer Felice Quinto with a bow and arrow.
Quinto was amongst a pack of reporters who followed her from a nightclub to her villa in Rome. During the fracas, she was photographed with her knee in one man's groin.
The actress was "furious", Quinto later reported.

The police were called in to control the crowds who were trying to get a glimpse of the couple, but the marriage was doomed by Steel's heavy drinking.
"Right from the start he'd go out somewhere and not come home till the next morning," Ekberg told Sydney's Daily Telegraph in 2000.
"On the third night I came home to find him swinging from the lights like an ape, smashed out of his mind.
"Because he was jealous he was always picking fights with any man who approached me and the last time we met he borrowed $100,000 from me which he never paid back."
The couple divorced in 1959. Four years later, Ekberg married Rik Van Nutter, who played CIA agent Felix Leiter in the Bond film Thunderball. That union also ended in divorce in 1975.

Waning popularity
Alongside La Dolce Vita, Ekberg also appeared as a foil in Bob Hope's comedies Paris Holiday (1957) and Call Me Bwana (1963). Her other roles included Blood Alley (1955) and Hollywood or Bust (1956).
Fellini cast her again in his section of the portmanteau comedy Boccaccio '70 (1962), where she played a 20ft version of herself with plunging cleavage, stepping down from an advertising hoarding to stalk a prudish doctor.
But the actress's popularity was not enduring.
By the late 1970s, Ekberg had virtually disappeared from the screen, making only rare appearances in forgettable European films, although she appeared as herself in Fellini's 1987 cinematic memorybook Intervista.

According to several reports, the actress was almost penniless at the time of her death. She had been robbed of jewellery and furniture and her villa was badly damaged in a fire, forcing her to move, temporarily, into a care home.
However, she continued to work, and opened a Fellini exhibition in Amsterdam in July 2013.
Her lawyer Patrizia Ubaldi said that, in her last days. Ekberg was saddened by her illnesses and her advancing age.
"She had hoped to get better, something that didn't happen," she said.
But in an earlier interview, Ekberg had said she was not afraid of death.
"I don't know if paradise or hell exist," she told Sweden's Aftonbladet, "but I'm sure hell is more groovy."

Saturday, October 4, 2014

James Bond Dr No: Behind-The-Scenes Photos of Sean Connery and Ursula Andress

They wouldn't have known it, but in 1961 in the Bahamas, Sean Connery and Ursula Andress weren't just making Dr No - the first James Bond film - they were making history.
These newly uncovered behind the scenes shots show the stars on set in Nassau as they filmed the pair's classic scenes on what would be known as Dr No's island base.

Joan Collins,Timeless Beauty

Joan Collins OBE is an English actress, author and columnist. Making her stage debut in A Doll's House at the age of 9, Collins trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. After a year at the drama school she was signed to an exclusive contract by the Rank Organisation and appeared in nine British films. At the age of 21, Collins headed to Hollywood and played many ingenue and leading roles, including films such as The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) and Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958). Collins appeared in over 50 films before beingcast in the role of Alexis Carrington Colby in the television series Dynasty, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 1983. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983 for her career achievements, amongst many other awards garnered during her illustrious career. Collins has written several autobiographical, fiction and beauty books including: The Joan Collins Beauty Book (1980); My Secrets (1994) Health, Youth & Happiness (1995), My Friends Secrets (2000), The Art Of Living Well - Looking Good And Feeling Great (2006) and Passion for Life (2013).


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When young and already making waves in Hollywood, Joan worked with some of the greatest beauty experts in cinema, and it was here that her passion for beauty was born. Spending time with these masters of the screen, Joan began to learn the valuable beauty secrets and tricks of the trade that normally remain behind closed doors.
Over the years, she has continued to build upon this knowledge and with her habitual attention to detail, has gathered tips and information, not just from the beauty experts, but also from her wide group of friends, many of whom are stars in their own right.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Joanna Lumley,Bond Girl

She is one of Britain's most famous beauties and a Bond girl to boot but Joanna Lumley says she has no regrets about her looks changing as she ages.
Instead, the 67-year-old has embraced the ageing process and says she doesn't see the point of going under the knife in a bid to remain younger because she is no longer interested in youthful roles.
'I’m really not against [cosmetic surgery] but what’s the point of getting stuff done when I’m looking to play older people like grannies?

'They are not going to cast me as a 35-year-old – there are 35-year-olds to do that.
'You have got to think very carefully what you want done.'
But Lumley admits that she's not entirely immune to vanity and revealed that she's a huge fan of tailored, mannish clothes that suit her broad shoulders.
Speaking to Good Housekeeping, the actress and campaigner said: 'I’m tall with broad shoulders and therefore I like clothes with a bit of a swagger – mannish clothes that you can wear with a lot of feminine, sweet tops.
'I put my own looks together – a favourite coat, a bit of vintage, a bit of high street.'
Asked for her tips on always dressing well, she added: 'Clothes that are too tight make you look bigger.
'If you’ve been trying to shed pounds and it doesn’t go, buy the next size up. I never care what size my clothes are.
'I cut the labels out because they always scratch the back of my neck.
'Even my grandest clothes don’t have labels on them. I can’t bear it.'
Although she's happy to splash out on clothes, Lumley says she refuses to do the same for her hair; instead, choosing to cut and colour her blonde mane herself.

 'I cut my hair myself and colour it,' she reveals. 'I know everybody in the hairdressing business despairs of me but it’s so much easier to do it yourself.

'The hairdresser costs a lot of money and is a treat.'
The low-maintenance star even confessed to avoiding exercise, saying her inability to stay still was the secret of her enviably slim figure.
Lumley also spoke of her refusal to diet, saying that although she eats 'like a sensible person', she does have a soft spot for peanuts.

'I eat like a sensible person,' she exclaims.
'I haven’t got a very sweet tooth but I love salted things like nuts.
'I would have to be dragged in by a lorry if I ate as many salted peanuts as I would like to!'
Peanuts by the truckload or not, Lumley says she's content with her life and what she's achieved and says others should, like her, mould themselves into the person they want to be.
'I’ve always believed you only have one go at life, which is thrilling,' she adds. 'Only you can make yourself into who you want to be.
'Don’t blame anybody else. You are entitled to free fresh air and that’s it. Do the rest yourself.'