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Mariangela Melato, 71; costarred in ‘Swept Away’

Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato became separated from the others on a yachting adventure in “Swept Away.”

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Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato became separated from the others on a yachting adventure in “Swept Away.”

ROME — 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.

Antea hospital said she died Friday; LaPresse news agency said she had pancreatic cancer.

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The blond actress had her most success in a series of films in the 1970s directed by 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.

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

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