Anita Ekberg

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. She won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress for her work, and seven days after receiving the award, died from the disease, in Melbourne. She is most known for her role as Sylvia in La dolce vita, directed by Federico Fellini. Florance herself was fighting cancer during the filming. Anita Ekberg (born September 29, 1931 in Malmö) was a model and actress. As a genteel, elderly woman, down on her luck, who reminisced with her nurse of better days, while dying of cancer, Florance gave a performance that was widely praised both within Australia, and internationally following the film's release. Her final film role was in A Woman's Tale (1991).

Florance left the show in 1984 and worked in such films as Nirvana Street Murder (1990). Her popularity was such that she won two Logie Awards as Australia's most popular television actress in 1981 and 1983. As the recalcitrant, alcoholic, convicted murderer Lizzie Birdsworth, Florance became one of the show's favourite performers, and while the writers usually used her for comic relief, she was also given more subtantial dramatic storylines. In 1979 she joined the cast of the television series Prisoner (known outside of Australia as Prisoner: Cell Block H).

Born in St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia, Florance was a frequent guest star in various television series during the 1960s and was a regular on the Bellbird series. In the 1970s she began appearing in films, most notably Petersen (1974), End Play (1975), The Devil's Playground (1976), and Mad Max (1979). Sheila Florance (July 24, 1916 – October 12, 1991) was an Australian film and television actress.

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