La Dolce Vita star Anita Ekberg dies

Anita Ekberg Credit: PA Wire

La Dolce Vita star Anita Ekberg has died at the age of 83.

The Swedish-born actress was immortalised bathing in the Trevi fountain in the 1960 film La Dolce Vita along with Marcello Mastroianni.

Ekberg's lawyer Patrizia Ubaldi confirmed she died in Rome in Italy this morning following a series of illnesses.

In 2005, Ekberg recalled shooting the scene in the Trevi Fountain in Rome while hosting a Swedish radio programme.

She said it was shot in February, the water in the fountain was cold and Mastroianni was falling over in the fountain drunk on vodka.

"And there I was. I was freezing," she said. "They had to lift me out of the water because I couldn't feel my legs anymore."