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Anita Ekberg Biography

Birth Name:
Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg
Birth Place:
Malmö, Sweden

Fast Facts

  • Was the sixth of eight children
  • Won the Miss Malmö beauty contest and went on to become Miss Sweden in 1950; competed in the Miss Universe pageant the same year
  • Worked as a fashion model
  • Made her film debut in Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)
  • Went on a USO tour with Bob Hope in 1954
  • Retired from acting in 2002


  • 1956Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: winner