Anita Ekberg (born September 29, 1931 in Malmö) was a model and actress. She is most known for her role as Sylvia in La dolce vita, directed by Federico Fellini.
Ekberg was married to the British actor, Anthony Steel, from 1956 to 1959.
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Ekberg was married to the British actor, Anthony Steel, from 1956 to 1959. Born in Wedlock. She is most known for her role as Sylvia in La dolce vita, directed by Federico Fellini. A Richard Rogers musical with a story by Abby Mann. Anita Ekberg (born September 29, 1931 in Malmö) was a model and actress. Biographies of: Gertrude Lawrence, Fannie Brice, Edith Piaf, Aimee Semple McPherson. According to a book of David Shipman, Judy Garland: The Secret Life of an American Legend she was bisexual herself, and was in intimate relationship with her (female) secretary; however, Shipman's tale has not been corroborated, and much of his scholarship has been questioned.
Garland's death is often noted as a cause of one of the key events of the modern gay rights movement. Five days after her death, mourning gay fans fought back against police during a routine police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, which set off several days of "gay liberation" riots. Her funeral in Manhattan resulted in an outpouring of New York City fans, with more than 20,000 coming to view her body - including hundreds of gay men. A gay icon, Garland always had a large fan base in the gay community.
Garland was interred in the Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York. She died in 1969 at the age of 47 in London from an accidental overdose of barbiturates. Of Garland's five marriages, the first four marriages all ended in divorce. Her children were Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft.
The shortcomings of her childhood years became more apparent as Garland struggled to overcome various personal problems, including weight gain, heavy drinking, and drug addiction. She had a critically praised if short-lived television series in 1963-64. Her appearance at Carnegie Hall on April 23, 1961, was a considerable highlight, called by many the "greatest single night in show business," and the live recording made of the event was a best seller and won Grammy Awards as the Album of the Year and Best Female Vocal of the Year. Throughout the 1950s and most notably in the early 1960s she made enormously successful appearances in both media.
When her MGM contract was terminated in 1950 (depending upon the source she either asked to be released from the contract, or she was fired due her unreliability on the set of the musical Royal Wedding), Garland turned to television and live concert appearances. She received an honorary Academy Award for her performance in The Wizard of Oz, and was nominated for Best Actress in A Star is Born, and Best Supporting Actress for Judgment at Nuremberg. Louis, in which she introduced three classics standards: "The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Her other famous films include The Harvey Girls (1946) (in which she introduced "On the Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe"), Easter Parade (1948), A Star Is Born (1954), and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). Throughout the 1940s her films increased in popularity, the most critically and financially successful being Meet Me in St.
After Oz, Garland became one of MGM's most important stars, proving particularly popular when teamed with Mickey Rooney in a string of "let's put on a show!" musicals. At the age of 16, she got the role of Dorothy in the film of The Wizard of Oz (1939), and was forever afterwards associated with the song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Mayer to a contract with MGM without a screen test. Garland was signed at the age of 13 by Louis B.
They settled on the Three Garlands, and young Frances chose the name Judy. In 1934, the Gumm Sisters were performing in Chicago with George Jessel. Jessel encouraged the group to choose a less humorous name. Frances was soon known as Baby Gumm. The family soon moved to Lancaster, California and the Gumm Sisters began work on stage and in movies.
Young Frances got on the stage and stole the show with a rendition of Jingle Bells; she was two and a half years old. One year, her parents and her two older sisters were performing in a Christmas show. Born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, she was born into a family of vaudeville players. Judy Garland (June 10, 1922 - June 22, 1969) was a American film actress who is considered one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywood's Golden Era of musical film.