Gia (1998)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  31 January 1998 (USA)
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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 from AIDS at age 26.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephanie - Model
Louis Giambalvo ...
Bruce Cooper
Mike Mansfield
Edmund Genest ...
Francesco (as Edmond Genest)
Holly Baker ...
Emergency Room Nurse
Disco Doorman Tony
Hispanic Stylist Phillipe
Hood #2
Hood #3 (as Julio Dolce Vita)


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 | aids | See All (88) »


This is life... not heaven... you don't have to be perfect. See more »


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31 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anatomie d'un top model  »

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Janice Dickinson claims she co-wrote this movie (during 2015 Celebrity Big Brother UK) See more »


The letter "G" that Gia carves on the receptionist's desk. See more »


Gia Carangi: I'm in charge, and I'm leavin'!
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Closing disclaimer: This film is a dramatization based on certain facts. Some of the names have been changed and some of the events and characters have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes. See more »


Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »


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Written by James Honeyman-Scott (as James Honeyman Scott) & Chrissie Hynde
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Great movie - but the book is better
23 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Cindy Crawford first entered the modeling world, she was dubbed, "Baby Gia." Her likeness to the model that was beyond perfection was what helped boost her career. Crawford, knew little about Carangi and her struggle.

When Stephen Fried published Thing of Beauty in 1993, he shed light on the exotic beauty known as Gia. He exposed the dark side of modeling, and showed the world the rise and fall of one of the most beautiful girls to ever live.

The movie Gia, is based of Fried's book. However, the movie takes several liberties. Gia's lover, "Linda", is based of Sandy Linter, a make-up artist in which Gia wooed and dated. Gia also dated a women by the name of Alyssa (she used the alias "Rochelle" in Fried's book). The writers combined these two loves, however, down played Alyssa's personality and character.

Gia's "journals" never existed. She did keep date books, too keep track of her appointments, and occasionally wrote things, but she never had an extensive amount of journals like the movie portrays. Gia's time in rehab is also downplayed.

Without a doubt, the movie is good, but if you want to know more about Gia, check out the book.

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