'Dolce Vita' muse lonely in Italian hospital

ROME- Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, famous for her fountain kiss in the cult film "La Dolce Vita", said she is lonely and will mark her 80th birthday on Thursday convalescing in an Italian hospital.
"You want to know if I feel lonely? Yes, a bit. But I have no regrets. I have won and I have lost. I have no husband or children," the former Miss Sweden said in an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera published on Tuesday.

'Dolce Vita' muse lonely in Italian hospital
"The days are infinitely long" in hospital, complained the actress, who is recovering from a broken femur.
"I don't like television. It's monotonous. Always talking about your pig of a prime minister (Silvio Berlusconi)," she said.
For her birthday, she said the hospital was organising "a nice dinner".
Ekberg, who has been married twice, has lived in Italy for decades and has said she will only return to her native Sweden when she is buried there.
She was admitted to hospital in 2009 after being taken ill at her villa in Genzano -- a small town 30 kilometres southeast of Rome.
"A year ago, I broke my left femur. Then in mid-August my right one cracked. The operation went well. They're trying to put me back on my feet now. And when I think that Fellini used to love the way I walked..." she said, referring to the late Italian director of "La Dolce Vita".
Asked about her star role in that 1960 movie, she said it was "not a great film" but had earned its enduring fame thanks to her iconic kiss in the Trevi Fountain with Italian sex symbol Marcello Mastroianni.

Wednesday, September 28th 2011

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