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Mariangela Melato, 'Swept Away' star, dies at age 71

01/11/2013 by OnTheRedCarpet.com Staff

Mariangela Melato, and Italian actress known for her critically acclaimed performance in the 1974 film comedy "Swept Away," has died in a Rome hospital at age 71.

Melato died on Friday, January 11, according to The Associated Press. She was reportedly suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The actress found the most success during the 1970s while starring in films like "The Seduction of Mimi" and "Lobe and Anarchy," directed by Italian Lina Wertmuller. She also had a supporting role in the 1980 film "Flash Gordon."

Her big break out role was playing the spoiled socialite who gets stranded on an island with Giancarlo Giannini in "Swept Away." That led to the critically-panned 2002 remake of the film starring Madonna in Melato's role. The film was directed by the pop star's then-husband Guy Ritchie.

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