‘La Dolce Vita’ star Anita Ekberg dies

Updated 11 January 2015

‘La Dolce Vita’ star Anita Ekberg dies

ROME: The actress Anita Ekberg, who has died aged 83, is likely to be remembered for a single scene in Rome’s Trevi Fountain, exhibiting her curvaceous charms to an urbane Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.”
Although born and brought up in Sweden, Ekberg spent most of her adult life abroad, first in the United States, where she quickly emerged as one of a 1950’s generation of pin-ups and starlets, and then in Italy, where she died in a hospital outside the capital on Sunday.
Ekberg had attracted attention while still a teenager, winning a beauty contest to become “Miss Sweden” in 1950.
The sixth of eight children, she was born on Sept. 29, 1931 in the southern Swedish port of Malmo, where her father worked as a docker.
Both her mother and her friends had encouraged her to enter beauty contests, and her success quickly took her to the United States, with hopes of becoming Miss Universe.
Although she did not win, Ekberg was quickly noticed by, among others, the cult film director Russ Meyer, the eccentric millionaire businessman and producer Howard Hughes and the actor-producer John Wayne.
In addition to becoming a pin-up for magazines such as “Confidential” and “Playboy,” she appeared in a series of comedy films including “Abbott and Costello Go to Mars” (1953), “Artists and Models” (1955) and “Hollywood or Bust” (1956).
In each case Ekberg’s spectacular physique was made part of the plot, often to comic effect.
When in 1954 she visited a US base in Greenland with the actor William Holden and the comedian Bob Hope, the latter quipped that her parents had been given the Nobel Prize for architecture. It was for the director King Vidor that Ekberg first arrived in Italy, to act in his 1956 film of “War and Peace” along with Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda.
She was then noticed by the great Italian director Fellini, who always had an eye for beautiful women.
He cast her as the dream woman who tempts Marcello Mastroianni in Fellini’s iconic 1960 work “La Dolce Vita” (The Good Life).


Rogue ‘Bin Laden’ elephant caught in India after killing 5 people

Updated 11 November 2019

Rogue ‘Bin Laden’ elephant caught in India after killing 5 people

  • Wildlife rangers tracked the pachyderm dubbed ‘Laden’ through a forest for several days using drones and domesticated elephants
  • Nearly 2,300 people have been killed by elephants in India over the last five years, while 700 elephants have been killed since 2011

GUWAHATI: An elephant named after the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden that killed five Indian villagers has been caught after a massive operation to hunt down the creature, officials said Monday.
Wildlife rangers tracked the pachyderm — dubbed “Laden” by the locals it menaced in northeastern Assam state — through a forest for several days using drones and domesticated elephants.
“We started the final leg of the operation today... Two darts were fired by experts which had tranquilized the male elephant,” a senior forestry official told AFP.
“Now the work is on to shift the elephant to a forest where there is no human habitation nearby.”
The animal killed five people, including three women, during a 24-hour rampage through Goalpara district in October.
Officials said they would take the elephant’s welfare into account as well as the safety of people living nearby in deciding where it would be relocated
Nearly 2,300 people have been killed by elephants in India over the last five years, according to official figures released in June, while 700 elephants have been killed since 2011 — figures resulting in part from shrinking natural habitats.
Elephants frequently migrate into Goalpara, resulting in high numbers of fatal encounters with humans amid rampant deforestation.
Some elephants there have been poisoned or shot by locals, while others have died on electric fences or on railways cutting through migration routes.