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.
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.