The story of the life of Gia Carangi, a top fashion model from the late 1970s, from her meteoric rise to the forefront of the modeling industry, to her untimely death.

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T.J.
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Stephanie - Model
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Bruce Cooper
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Mike Mansfield
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Holly Baker ...
Emergency Room Nurse
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Disco Doorman Tony
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Hispanic Stylist Phillipe
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Hood #2
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Hood #3 (as Julio Dolce Vita)
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When Gia Carangi first arrives in New York City, she's a beautiful drop-out from Philadelphia brashly bursting through the closed doors of top modeling agent Wilhelmina Cooper. Gia's electrifying personality and potent sexuality soon find their way onto the covers of America's top-selling magazines. But being loved by the world isn't the same as being love by one - an unfulfilled desire that can take Gia dangerous places. And for a beautiful woman, one slip could lead to an untimely and terrifying downfall. Written by HBO Home Video

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model | death | fashion | modeling | woman | See All (91) »

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Too beautiful to die. Too wild to live. See more »


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Rated R for graphic depiction of drug abuse, strong sexual content, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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31 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Anatomie d'un top model  »

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Trivia

This movie is mentioned in the opening crawl of the Star Wars parody Family Guy: Blue Harvest (2007). Mila Kunis, who plays one of the younger versions of Gia, is a voiceover actress on "Family Guy" (1999). See more »

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Gia and another model are seen riding a 1997 Harley-Davidson Heritage Springer in 1985. See more »

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Gia Carangi: I could do this, I could be a fucking housewife.
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Crazy Credits

Opening disclaimer: Gia Marie Carangi was born in Philadelphia in 1960. In the early eighties she became a legend in the fashion industry. Her story is told here in the words of the people who knew her and the words of her own journal. See more »

Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: The Making of 'Girl, Interrupted' (1999) See more »

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Lose Control
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Written by Brad Hatfield and Crit Harmon
Performed by Melanie Wilson
Courtesy of Barbara L. Jordan/Heavy Hitters
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What happens when the prettiest girl of all grows up?
23 April 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

A tremendous biography of a supermodel, Gia Carangi. Her beauty graced magazines profusely in the late 70's. She knew as a little girl just how attractive she was. Her short life dealt with defiance of authority, lesbianism, love/hate relationships, drug addiction and AIDS.

Angelina Jolie was excellent as Gia. Her profanity, nudity and lesbian love scenes scorch the screen. Ranking among the best on film. Also in this eye opener is Elizabeth Mitchell, Mercedes Ruehl and Faye Dunaway.

With all the violence, nudity and profanity; can not believe this is rated R instead of X. But I am not complaining. This is a tragic story about a complicated life. A very interesting bio.


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