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Gia Scala

This tall, dazzling, yet shy and painfully sensitive foreign import was born Giovanna Scoglio in Liverpool, England but moved to Sicily with her aristocratic Sicilian father and Irish mother at three months of age. She migrated to New York at age 14 and attended Bayside (Queens) High School, graduating in 1952. She worked various jobs as a file clerk and airline reservations taker while studying with Stella Adler and the Actors Studio. While appearing as a contestant on a television game show, a Universal Studios agent spotted her and placed the young beauty under contract in 1954. After a few starlet bit parts, Gia earned good notices for her "second lead" role in The Price of Fear (1956), which led to even better love interest parts in The Garment Jungle (1957) with Kerwin Mathews, Don't Go Near the Water (1957) opposite Glenn Ford, The Two-Headed Spy (1958) paired with Jack Hawkins, The Angry Hills (1959) starring Robert Mitchum, and I Aim at the Stars (1960) [aka I Aim at the Stars] with Curd Jürgens. Her best known film role came as Anna, the Greek resistance fighter, in the classic all-star epic film, The Guns of Navarone (1961). From there things began to spiral downhill for Gia personally and professionally. Riding on the coattails of her ever-rising glamour and success were those deep-rooted insecurities, and she began to drink heavily as compensation. She eventually lost her contract at Universal due to her unreliability, which forced her to seek work overseas. Her marriage to actor Don Burnett burnt itself out, and, at one point, she threw herself off the Waterloo Bridge in desperation. She would have drowned in the Thames River had a passing cab driver not plucked her out of the water in time. Her alcoholic addiction led to numerous arrests, and her bouts with depression grew so severe that she was forced to undergo frequent psychiatric observations. On April 30, 1972, it all ended for her. Gia was found dead in her Hollywood Hills bedroom of an overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills, another Tinseltown statistic. It was listed as a suicide. IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh /

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Mar 3, 1934 In Liverpool, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955-10-02
Latest Project:
Movie Operation Delilah 1967-08-21
Known For
Poster of Run for Your Life
Poster of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Poster of I Aim at the Stars
Poster of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Movie Operation Delilah Dalida 1967-08-21
Series Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
Series Jericho Unknown 1966-09-15
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Movie The Triumph of Robin Hood Anna 1962-09-14
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown 1962-09-20
Movie The Guns of Navarone Anna 1961-04-27
Movie I Aim at the Stars Elisabeth Beyer 1960-08-19
Series The Islanders Unknown 1960-10-02
Movie The Angry Hills Eleftheria 1959-07-29
Movie Battle of the Coral Sea Karen Philips 1959-11-01
Movie Ride a Crooked Trail Tessa Milotte 1958-09-01
Movie The Two-Headed Spy Lili Geyr 1958-11-17
Movie The Tunnel of Love Estelle Novick 1958-11-21
Movie Four Girls in Town Vicki Dauray 1957-01-16
Movie The Garment Jungle Theresa Renata 1957-04-25
Movie Tip on a Dead Jockey Paquita Heldon 1957-09-06
Movie Don't Go Near the Water Melora Alba 1957-11-14
Movie Never Say Goodbye Minnie 1956-03-10
Movie The Price of Fear Nina Ferranti 1956-03-13
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02