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Thing of Beauty

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At age seventeen, Gia Carangi was working the counter at her father's Philadelphia luncheonette, Hoagie City. Within a year, Gia was one of the top models of the late 1970's, gracing the covers of Cosmopolitan and Vogue, partying at New York's Studio 54 and the Mudd Club, and redefining the industry's standard of beauty. She was the darling of moguls and movie stars, royalty and rockers. Gia was also a girl in pain, desperate for her mother's approval—and a drug addict on a tragic slide toward oblivion, who started going directly from $10,000-a-day fashion shoots to the heroin shooting galleries on New York's Lower East Side. Finally blackballed from modeling, Gia entered a vastly different world on the streets of New york and Atlantic City, and later in a rehab clinic. At twenty-six, she became on of the first women in America to die of AIDS, a hospital welfare case visited only by rehab friends and what remained of her family.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Gia's gamily, lovers, friends, and colleagues, Thing of Beauty creates a poignant portrait of an unforgettable character—and a powerful narrative about beauty and sexuality, fame and objectification, mothers and daughters, love and death.

Synopsis:

Award-winning investigative journalist Stephen Fried offers a remarkable tour of the fashion world in the '70s and '80s as he explores the tragic life and death of beautiful model Gia Carange--who plunged from fame and fortune to an underworld of drug abuse and violence.

About the Author

Stephen Fried is a Senior Writer at Philadelphia Magazine. His work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, GQ, and the Washington Post Magazine. A winner of a 1993 National Magazine Award, the Distinguished Service Award for Magazine Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Clarion Award from Women in Communications, he lives in Philadelphia with his wife Diane Ayres, a fiction writer.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671701055
Editor:
Rosenman, Jane
Author:
Rosenman, Jane
Author:
Fried, Stephen M.
Author:
Fried, Stephen
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
AIDS & HIV
Subject:
Substance Abuse
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Subject:
Models
Subject:
Models (Persons) -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Substance Abuse x
Subject:
Psychopathology - Addiction
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B101
Series Volume:
104-114
Publication Date:
June 1994
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 7.56 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Award-winning investigative journalist Stephen Fried offers a remarkable tour of the fashion world in the '70s and '80s as he explores the tragic life and death of beautiful model Gia Carange--who plunged from fame and fortune to an underworld of drug abuse and violence.
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