Source: The New Democrat
As I mentioned last week, Anita Ekberg was like the other Hollywood bombshell Goddess’s of the 1950s, like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Diana Dors, but like Angie Dickinson, Gena Rowlands, Kim Novak, and others she was better. Physically about as adorable as the first group of women that I just mentioned, as well as hot, tall with a great Nordic body, but she was better. She wasn’t a 1950s actress, or a fad, flash in the pan, the hot celebrity of the moment like a lot of so-called entertainers today who are only famous in a lot of cases because they either look good in tight designer outfits, or have blunt filthy mouths and I’m thinking of what’s called reality TV. Or they’re married to a famous man with a famous personality.
To have a long successful career in Hollywood or Europe as an actor or actress, you actually have to be able to act. Which I know sounds foreign to people who are only familiar with movies and shows from the last 20 years or so. You have to know what you’re doing, what you’re good at, what roles fit you, what you do best, how to communicate with the media. If you look at Anita from the last 1950s and then go up 40 years, what’s changed about her other than she’s forty years older? She’s still gorgeous, she’s still very cute, she still has a beautiful body, she’s still sharp, she still has that quick straightforward wit. And perhaps the most important thing that separates her from Marilyn and Jayne, she’s still working. She grew up but it didn’t take her several marriages and stints in rehab clinics to grow up. Unlike Marilyn and Jayne who never grew up personally and emotionally, Anita did that as a young woman.
I believe two great movies where you really see how good as an actress and not just a comedic or dramatic actress, but as an actress that Anita was, was The Inside Man and 4 For Texas.
The Inside Man where she plays a private detective in search of jewelry that she’s believes is her’s that was stolen from her.
Where the exchanges wisecracks with Jack Palance in that movie, as well as other things. 4 For Texas where she exchanges wisecracks with one of the best smart assess who has ever lived in Frank Sinatra.
Anita Ekberg was a Hollywood Goddess not just because of her Goddess appearance, that was certainly a big part of that. A woman with that body who is also that adorable with those hot baby face features with the eyes, the cheeks, the smile, the voice. But also and just as important she was a hell of an actress as well. I believe born for dramatic comedy and soap operas.