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Italian actress Mariangela Melato dies at 71

ROME (AP) — Italian actress Mariangela Melato, known for her critically acclaimed performance as a spoiled socialite stranded with a sailor she had tormented in the 1974 film comedy "Swept Away," has died in a Rome hospital at age 71.

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The Antea hospital said she died Friday. The La Presse news agency said she was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The blond actress had the most success in a series of films in the 1970s directed by Italian Lina Wertmuller, including "The Seduction of Mimi" and "Love and Anarchy."

One of the most acclaimed was the role of a socialite who finds herself stranded with Giancarlo Giannini. Her role was played by Madonna in a 2002 remake.

Melato had less success in Hollywood roles, which included a supporting part in "Flash Gordon" in 1980.

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Jan 11, 2013 7:51AM
She was totally hiliarious in So Fine, a lost comedy from the 1980's.  I always thought that was such a funny movie, and she was great.  She will be missed
Jan 11, 2013 8:40AM

A "Swept Away"  clip was used a few years later to demonstrate how early(oversized) laser disc players could change channels between the original Italian and overdubbed English.


I was about to mention the "So Fine" omission before I scrolled down.


Looks as though she was doing fine up until her illness. R.I.P.

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