Saturday, February 18, 2017

Gia (1998)

In the late 70s/early 80s, Gia Carangi was one of the first supermodels of the world, gracing the covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan in between fashion spreads for top designers and partying at Studio 54.  A downward spiral into drug addiction soon followed, resulting in Gia's modeling career derailing from the runway.  In June 1986, she was diagnosed with AIDS, succumbing to the disease that November.  In 1998, HBO made a biopic starring Angelina Jolie, who won a Golden Globe for her electrifying performance of a tragic tale that is way more than skin deep.

Gia was filmed in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY

Location: Downtown Philly
Address: 423 W 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA

The Hotel Bristol was an easy clue finding this location.

Location: Sunset Photo Shoot
Address: 4-74 48th Avenue, Long Island City, CA  Gantry Plaza State Park

Location: Gia Furnishes Her Apartment
Address: E 64th Street & Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 

The 64th & Lexington Ave street sign in the b-roll montage was another clue.  Gia finds the chair in front of 168 E 64th Street.

Across the street, Gia and T.J. pick up a few more items in front of 163 E 64th Street...

Gia and T.J. then run past 159 E 64th Street with their findings...

Location: Germany Metro Station
Address: Pershing Square Station W 5th Street & Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA

This location was also used in Speed (1994)  

Locations Visited: March 2016, October 2016, November 2016, January 2017

Still Need To Locate:

Gia's Childhood Home
Gia's Apartment Building
Linda's Apartment Building
The Philly Diner
The Funeral Church
The Geisha Girl Photo Shoot


  1. Did you ever find out what the address of the real Gia was?

    1. I'm still on the hunt for her house and apartment.