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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Hispanic Stylist Phillipe
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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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This is life... not heaven... you don't have to be perfect. 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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1.78 : 1
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Angelina Jolie found the intensity of playing a drug-addicted lesbian so extreme that she deliberately sought out a "normal", heterosexual role for her next film. That proved to be Mike Newell's Pushing Tin (1999). See more »

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As Gia begs Linda not to leave, the first shot from behind shows her fully nude but from the front she can clearly be seen to be wearing underwear. See more »

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Gia Carangi: I'd tell them that you don't have to be anybody. Because I'd know that being somebody doesn't make you anybody anyway.
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Film ends with the following poem: ...heaven on earth back again into under far in between through it in it and above... From the journal of GIA MARIE CARANGI 1960-1986 See more »

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Referenced in The 85th Annual Academy Awards (2013) 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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