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.
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.
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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