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. The movie, Monster-in-Law, is a comedy in which she plays Jennifer Lopez's prospective mother-in-law. She is most known for her role as Sylvia in La dolce vita, directed by Federico Fellini. In early 2004 she announced she'd return to acting after a fourteen-year absence. Anita Ekberg (born September 29, 1931 in Malmö) was a model and actress. As with everything else she's ever done, she continues to pursue her passions with gusto and commitment. Earlier this year, Fonda gave $12.5 million to Harvard's Graduate School of Education for a study of gender in education.".
Fonda's gift will include an endowment to create a research position specializing in teen sexuality and reproductive health. "Atlanta's Emory University unveiled the Jane Fonda Center Thursday, using a $2-million donation from the actress and former fitness guru to study adolescent reproductive health research, training and program development. Times:. She works to prevent adolescent pregnancy, and in July of 2001 this item ran in the L.A.
While retired from acting in the late '90s (she announced that she would never act again in April 2001), her latest endeavors have been philanthropic. Leading the aerobics craze, she was particularly noted in this regard for popularising the phrase "go for the burn", for which she was criticised. In the early 1980s she reinvented herself as a health guru, setting up the Jane Fonda Workout studio in Beverly Hills and creating best-selling books and tapes (her "Jane Fonda's Workout" is one of the best-selling videos of all time). (April 11, 2003).
Fonda fears the military campaign in Iraq will turn people all over the world against America – She is also concerned that a global hatred of America will result in more terrorist attacks in the aftermath of the war. (December 21, 2002). Fonda has been attacked by right wing Israelis during a trip to Jerusalem to promote world peace -- the actress and activist was heckled, as she arrived for a meeting with leading Israeli feminists, for her controversial stance during the Vietnam War; Fonda was dubbed Hanoi Jane for her peace protests during the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Fonda continues to participate in peace activism, in particular regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
(September 21, 2002). A movement to stop violence against women, sparked by the off-Broadway hit The Vagina Monologues, held its first summit Friday, bringing together Fonda, Afghan women and a Kenyan campaigning to save girls from genital mutilation. (February 16, 2004). Fonda led a march through Ciudad Juárez, urging Mexico to provide sufficient resources to newly appointed officials helping investigate the slayings of hundreds of women in the rough border city.
It continued to mobilize antiwar activists across the nation after the 1973 Paris Peace Agreement when most other antiwar organizations closed down. Fonda funded and organized the Indochina Peace Campaign.  (http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/kerry2.asp).  (http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/kerry.asp) Some also circulated a faked composite photograph to give the false impression that the two had shared a speaker's platform.
In addition, Kerry's opponents circulated a photograph showing Fonda and Kerry in the same large crowd at a 1970 anti-war rally, although they were sitting several rows apart. Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie called Kerry a "Jane Fonda Democrat". In 2004, her name was used as a disparaging epithet against Kerry, the former VVAW leader, who was then the Democratic Party presidential candidate. It was just thoughtless.".
It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It galvanized such hostility. It hurt so many soldiers. "I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft gun, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes.
She has also stated:. In 1988, Fonda apologized for her actions to the American POWs and their families. Bush. W.
She also is often credited with publicly exposing the strategy of bombing the dikes in Vietnam, for which she was at the time called a liar by then-UN ambassador George H. Fonda delivered home letters from many American POWs in Vietnam. Additionally, John Hubbel's research into the conflict indicates that the majority (but certainly not all) of the torture occurred before 1969 (Fonda's visit was in 1973). Her stance has some backing, as former vice presidential candidate and POW James Stockdale wrote that no more than 10% of US pilots in captivity received more than 90% of the torture, usually for acts of resistance.
These were not men who had been brainwashed." Concerning torture in general, Fonda told the New York Times in 1973, "I'm quite sure that there were incidents of torture...but the pilots who were saying it was the policy of the Vietnamese and that it was systematic, I believe that's a lie.". These were not men who had been starved. She also added, concerning the POWs she met, "These were not men who had been tortured. When cases of torture began to emerge among POWs returning to the United States, Fonda called them liars.
Fonda believed these claims and relayed them to the American public. She also visited American prisoners of war who assured her that they had neither been tortured nor brainwashed. Fonda posed for a picture at an anti-aircraft battery and participated in several radio broadcasts. in Hanoi, 1971.
I said yes, for I would like to tell her about the real treatment we POWs were receiving, which was far different from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by Jane Fonda, as 'humane and lenient.' Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees with outstretched arms with a piece of steel re-bar placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane every time my arms dipped."  (http://www.snopes.com/military/fonda.htm)  (http://www.pownetwork.org/fonda/fonda_benge_letter.htm). The latter story, though, may be an exaggeration of the true account of Michael Benge, a civilian advisor captured by the NLF in 1968 and held as a POW for 5 years. He wrote "When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi, I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with her. as the "Viet Cong") are provably untrue, as are reports that a pilot spat at Fonda and was beaten for it and that one POW was beaten to death for refusing to meet with her. soldiers to National Liberation Front (NLF) insurgents (better known in the U.S.
Rumors that Fonda handed over information about U.S. When Jane Fonda was honored by Barbara Walters in 1999 as one of the 100 great women of the century, sentiments regarding Fonda's actions in Vietnam were rekindled. She has often been associated with contributing to a perceived anti-soldier sentiment among Vietnam War protesters, such as spitting on soldiers. Because of her actions, John Wayne cut off all contact with her, even though that he was a close friend of her father's. Her detractors labeled her Hanoi Jane, comparing her to war propagandists Tokyo Rose and Hanoi Hannah.
She became the target of hatred from many Americans because of her visit to Hanoi, where she advocated opposition to the war. The anti-war movement of the time was not characterized by a single motivation: some, such as Quakers and other traditionally pacifist groups were opposed to war in any circumstances; some felt that the war was not an American responsibility or concern, arguing especially that it was a civil war in which the US was choosing sides; some, such as young men of draft age, their parents and friends, didn't want their lives risked in an unpopular war; but some expressed a partisanship for the opposing side in the war, including Jane Fonda - and this made her a polarizing figure. Although the war was largely protested at home by this time, and many Americans were against the war, her actions in 1972 were widely perceived as over the top. Sixteen months later, Fonda went on her well-known trip to Hanoi.
Her financial support to VVAW at this time was apparently not significant, as within a month VVAW was broke and one of its prominent leaders, John Kerry, raised the needed funds. A speech that she gave in London was criticized for her discussion of the US use of torture in Vietnam. According to a transcript in which she was translated to Vietnamese and back to English, she told Binh at one point "Many of us have seen evidence proving the Nixon administration has escalated the war causing death and destruction perhaps as serious as the, bombing of Hiroshima." Afterwards, she travelled to London. In March 1971, Fonda traveled to Paris (some claim alone, some claim with an unnamed VVAW representative) to meet with NLF foreign minister Madam Nguyen Thi Binh.
As noted by the New York Times, Fonda was a "major patron" of the VVAW. Beginning November 3, she toured college campuses and raised funds for the organization. She offered to help raise funds for VVAW, and was bestowed the title of Honorary National Coordinator for her efforts. Also in 1970, Fonda spoke out against the war at a rally organized by Vietnam Veterans Against the War, in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
The tour, referred to as "political vaudeville" by Fonda, visited military towns along the West Coast, with the goal of establishing a dialog with soldiers to get their thoughts on their upcoming deployments (which were later made into a movie). In April 1970, Fred Gardner, Fonda and Donald Sutherland formed *FTA* ("Free The Army," a play on the troop expression "Fuck The Army"), an antiwar road show designed as an answer to Bob Hope's USO tour. We must support them with love, money, propaganda and risk.". It runs in our blood." She called the Black Panthers "our revolutionary vanguard.
Huey Newton and Black Panthers -- A quote from Jane Fonda in 1970: "Revolution is an act of love; we are the children of revolution, born to be rebels. (January, 1970). Sports legend Jim Thorpe's (Sac and Fox) daughter Grace, who occupied the island for several months, acted as a liason to celebrities like Jane Fonda, Marlon Brando, Jonathan Winters and Dick Gregory, who visited to show their solidarity with the Indian occupation. The occupiers had strong support from the entertainment industry.
The group's leader Richard Oakes phoned in a message to the San Francisco Department of the Interior office:. The government gave them 24 hours to leave, but the occupiers didn't budge. Despite the Coast Guard's attempted blockade, the group disembarked successfully. Alcatraz Island Occupation - Early in the morning on November 20, 1969, 79 American Indians, including students, married couples and six children, sailed to Alcatraz and began the 19-month occupation of the island.
Fonda became involved in political activism during the time of the Vietnam War, Civil Rights Reforms and significant rebellion against the "Establishment." Her activism and philanthropy in opposition to the Vietnam War, made her infamous among pro-war and pro-military Americans. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming Home, and was nominated five more times. One more role for which she was supposedly first choice, but she didn't take -- Rosemary in Rosemary's Baby, the part finally played by Mia Farrow. By contrast, the grim They Shoot Horses, Don't They? in '69 showcased her serious acting talent, bringing her the first of seven Oscar nominations.
After Any Wednesday in '66 and Barefoot in the Park with Robert Redford in '67 came the dazzling Barbarella in '68, which sent her sexpot image into orbit. The rootin'-tootin' Western got five Oscar nominations, was one of the year's top-ten moneymakers, and made her a star at age 28. Critics were quickly impressed with her: In 1962, Newsday called her "the loveliest and most gifted of all our new young actresses." Jane's big-screen breakthrough, of course, was Cat Ballou ('65), in which she played the sweet title role that had been offered to Ann-Margret but rejected. Period of Adjustment, in which she went blonde, and Walk on the Wild Side, with Jane as the young temptress Kitty Twist, came in '62 along with a Golden Globe as Most Promising Newcomer, with Sunday in New York following a year later.
She averaged almost two movies a year throughout the decade, starting in '60 with Tall Story, in which Jane recreated her Broadway role of a cheery college student opposite gangly Tony Perkins. Her stage work in the late '50s led to her impressive film career that only gained momentum after the '60s. She attended Vassar College in New York, was introduced to Lee Strasberg by her father in 1958, and joined his Actors Studio. She would later receive an Honorary Degree from Emerson College in May, 2000. During that show, she had to cry, and in order to coax the tears she reportedly had a stagehand smack her before she walked on.
While growing up she had no acting ambitions, but she got interested in 1954 when she performed with her dad in a charity performance of The Country Girl, at the Omaha Community Theatre. Always there is something to do." Vadim also said about her: "There is also in Jane a basic wish to carry things to the limit.". She cannot relax. Time is her enemy.
she had so many -- how do you say? -- bachelor habits. Too much organization. He won, and when she accepted the Oscar for him she said it was "the happiest night of my life." Director Roger Vadim once said about her: "Living with Jane was difficult in the beginning .. Early in her career she was extremely critical of her father, but in 1980 she bought the play On Golden Pond so that she could get Henry to star in it, hopefully to win the Oscar that had eluded him throughout his career. About her '71 Oscar triumph, her father Henry said: "How in hell would you like to have been in this business as long as I and have one of your kids win an Oscar before you do?" Jane was on the cover of Life magazine, March 29, 1968.
She visited Warhol's Factory in '66. In the mid-'60s she bought a farm outside of Paris, she renovated it and did the garden herself. She traveled to Russia in '64 and was impressed by the people, who welcomed her warmly as Henry's daughter. Her nickname as a youth -- Lady Jane, a moniker she reportedly disliked.
Family Members:. She has also had romantic relationships with:. Jane Fonda has been married three times:. Henry married actress Susan Blanchard (step-daughter of Oscar Hammerstein II, and eventual wife of Richard Widmark) eight months later, and throughout their six-year marriage, Blanchard helped to raise Jane and her brother, Peter.
Jane's socialite mother (Henry Fonda's second of five wives), after voluntarily seeking help at an asylum, committed suicide by cutting her throat on October 1950, when Jane was 12 years old. She was named after Lady Jane Seymour, the third wife of King Henry VIII. Born December 21, 1937, in New York City, to actor Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw. Jane Seymour Fonda is an Academy Award winning American actress, model, writer, producer, activist and philanthropist.
Dolly Parton in the Movies. Hollywood Retrospectives - Fonda on Fonda. Little Buddha. Tall Story (1960).
Walk on the Wild Side (1962). The Chapman Report (1962). Period of Adjustment (1962). Sunday in New York (1963).
In the Cool of the Day (1963). Les Félins. Joy House (1964). Circle of Love (1964).
La Ronde (1964). Cat Ballou (1965). The Game is Over (1966). The Chase (1966).
La Curée. Any Wednesday (1966). Hurry Sundown (1967). Barefoot in the Park (1967).
Barbarella (1968). Spirits of the Dead (1968). They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). Klute (1971).
Tout va bien. F.T.A. (1972). Final Crash (1973). Steelyard Blues (1973).
A Doll's House. Sinyaya Ptitsa (1976). The Blue Bird (1976). Life Achievement Awards - Bette Davis (1977).
A.F.I. Fun with Dick and Jane (1977). Julia (1977). Life Achievement Awards - Henry Fonda (1978).
A.F.I. Coming Home (1978). California Suite (1978). Comes a Horseman (1978).
The China Syndrome (1979). The Electric Horseman (1979). Nine to Five (1980). No Nukes.
The Ten Thousand Day War. On Golden Pond (1981). Rollover (1981). Lily, Sold Out.
The Dollmaker (1984). Agnes of God (1985). The Morning After (1986). Old Gringo (1989).
Stanley & Iris (1990). A Century of Women - Complete Series (1994). 1987: Academy Award Nomination; Best Actress, The Morning After. 1983: Emmy; Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special, The Dollmaker.
1982: Academy Award Nomination; Best Supporting Actress, On Golden Pond. 1980: Academy Award Nomination; Best Actress, The China Syndrome. 1979: Academy Award; Best Actress, Coming Home. 1978: Golden Globe; Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama), Coming Home.
1978: Golden Globe; World Film Favorite - Female. 1978: Academy Award Nomination; Best Actress, Julia. 1977: Golden Globe; Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama), Julia. 1972: Golden Globe; World Film Favorite - Female.
1971: Golden Globe; Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama), Klute. 1971: Academy Award; Best Actress, Klute. 1970: Academy Award Nomination; Best Actress, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. 1961: Golden Globe; Most Promising Newcomer - Female.
Niece: Bridget Fonda, actor; born in 1964; daughter of Peter Fonda. Daughter: adopted with Tom Hayden. Son: Troy Garity, actor; born in 1973; father Tom Hayden; named after a Vietnamese resistance leader and given paternal grandmother's surname. Daughter: Vanessa Vadim; born in 1968; father, Roger Vadim; named after Vanessa Redgrave.
Brother: Peter Fonda, actor, director, producer. Barry Matalon, hairdresser; together 1990s. Donald Sutherland, actor; costarred in Klute; together 1970s. Alexander "Sandy" Whitelaw, director; involved 1960.
Her third husband (1991-2001) was American cable-television tycoon Ted Turner. Her second husband (1973-1990) was author and politician Tom Hayden, by whom she has a son, Troy Garity, and an adopted daughter. Her first husband (1965-73) was French film director Roger Vadim (b.1928-d.2000) with whom she had a daughter, Vanessa, named for Vanessa Redgrave, the well-known actor and activist member of the Workers' Revolutionary Party.