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Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere$
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Anna Westerstahl Stenport and Arne Lunde

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474438056

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438056.001.0001

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Celebrated, Contested, Criticized: Anita Ekberg, A Swedish Sex Goddess in Hollywood

Celebrated, Contested, Criticized: Anita Ekberg, A Swedish Sex Goddess in Hollywood

(p.224) 17. Celebrated, Contested, Criticized: Anita Ekberg, A Swedish Sex Goddess in Hollywood
Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere

Ann-Kristin Wallengren

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines how Anita Ekberg in the American press and media was apprehended and constructed as a new Swedish star in Hollywood, and how notions and ideas about Sweden, sexuality, gender and stereotypes were negotiated and reproduced. This analysis also addresses the Swedish reception and construction of Ekberg, arguably more derogative and verging on harassment. Ekberg was one of the most famous blonde bombshells in Hollywood during the 1950s. Besides making films she became known as a model and pin-up girl which was an important way to fame during the fifties in the USA, and she was a staple in the magazines concerning her sometimes scandalous stories. She came to a United States permeated with discussions about sexuality and to a popular culture that favored sex, breasts and voluptuous female bodies more than anything else. The chapter thus investigates how Swedish sexuality and Swedish blonde were created, propagated and circulated in American cultural discourse.

Keywords:   Ekberg, sex goddess, Hollywood, Blonde, Gender, Sexuality, bodies, media

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