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Known Credits: 18

Birthday: 1934-03-03

Day of Death: 1972-04-30

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Gia Scala

Biography

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 / gr-home@pacbell.net

Acting
1966 Jericho - (1 episode)
1966 Tarzan - (1 episode)
1965 Run for Your Life - (1 episode)
1961 The Guns of Navarone as Anna
1960 I Aim at the Stars as Elisabeth Beyer
1960 The Islanders - (1 episode)
1959 Battle of the Coral Sea as Karen Philips
1959 The Angry Hills as Eleftheria
1958 The Tunnel of Love as Estelle Novick
1958 The Two-Headed Spy as Lili Geyr
1958 Ride a Crooked Trail as Tessa Milotte
1957 Don't Go Near the Water as Melora Alba
1957 Tip on a Dead Jockey as Paquita Heldon
1957 The Garment Jungle as Theresa Renata
1957 Four Girls in Town as Vicki Dauray
1956 The Price of Fear as Nina Ferranti
1956 Never Say Goodbye as Minnie
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents - (2 episodes)