Gia Scala was born Giovanna Scoglio in Liverpool, England. At the age of three months, she moved to Sicily with her parents. At age 14, she immigrated to the United States and attended high school in New York.
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Her movie debut was in 1955 in the movie All That Heaven Allows along with movie star Rock Hudson.
Gia graduated from Bayside High School in Queens, New York.
She was found dead on April 30, 1972 in her Hollywood Hills bedroom, caused by an overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills (it was listed as suicide).
Before becoming an actress, she worked as a file clerk and with an airline while studying and the Actors Studio.
On May 1971, Anna Kashfi took custody of her.
She has only one sister, Tina Scala, who is older than her and is also an actress.
She suffered an injury in July 1971, when she lost control over her sportscar, losing part of her index finger.
After her mother's death in 1958, Gia tried to kill herself for the first time. She tried again after her ex-husband (Don Burnett) married Barbara Anderson only a year after their divorce. In that attempt, she threw herself off the Waterloo Bridge into the Thames River, but was saved by a passing cab driver.
She is 5'8" tall (1.73 m) .