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 "Swept Away," died Friday in a Rome hospital. The LaPresse news agency said she had
Italian director Lina Wertmuller paired Melato with
A tiny woman with a bass voice, the actress also had success in a series of Wertmuller-directed films in the 1970s that included "The Seduction of Mimi" and "Love and Anarchy."
Melato was born in 1938 in
Her English-language projects include a featured role as a gangster's wife in the 1981 film farce "So Fine" and a supporting role in 1980's "Flash Gordon."
From Times staff and wire reports