While in America, her boyfriend Scott Brady introduces her to famous Hollywood cheesecake photographer Bruno Bernard and asks him to promote her. Soon, she was in the company of many of the Hollywood elite. She even had an affair with Tyrone Power during the filming of her first movie, Mississippi Gambler.
She met Howard Hughs, who at the time was producing films. Hughs wanted her to change her nose, her teeth and even her name. Hughes thought that "Ekberg" was too difficult to pronounce. Anita refused to change her name, saying that if she became famous, people would learn to pronounce it, and if she didn't become famous, it would not matter. She ended up turning down Hugh's offer to sign with RKO Pictures.
You have to admire her backbone. Way to go, girl!