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Actress Mariangela Melato dies

Best known for Swept Away

Actress Mariangela Melato dies

Rome, January 11 - Top Italian stage and screen actress Mariangela Melato, best known for a 1970s socially conscious comedy remade by American superstar singer and actress Madonna, died Friday in a Rome clinic aged 71. The Milanese-born Melato, who had a wide dramatic and comic range, was popular on Italian TV until recently. Her 1974 portrayal of an aristocratic Milan socialite marooned with a Communist sailor played by frequent onscreen partner Giancarlo Giannini gained her international fame. The Lina Wertmuller film, entitled Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August, was remade by Madonna and then husband Guy Ritchie in 2002 as Swept Away, a critical and commercial dud.

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