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Also Known As: Gia Carides, Georgia Carr Died:
Born: June 7, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Australia Profession: actor, screenwriter

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Widely acknowledged as one of Australia's most accomplished young actors, Gia Carides has has a career that skyrocketed following her turn as the loud and pushy Liz in Baz Luhrmann's hit movie "Strictly Ballroom" (1992). Though blonde for "Ballroom", this attractive, smokey-voiced brunette began as an ingenue in the genre pic "Midnight Spares" (1982) and appeared in the chronicle of the champion Australian racehorse "Phar Lap" (1983), credited as Georgia Carr. She performed sex acts on her coke-dealer brother in exchange for drugs in "Bliss" (1985) and was convincing as a rookie cop in "Backlash" (1986). For the latter, she and co-star Trevor Darling turned to improvisation to fully realize their parts, contributing so much in the process that they both earned screenwriting credits. Carides teamed with her significant other, fellow Aussie Anthony LaPaglia, in "Paperback Romance" (1994), playing Sophie, a disabled erotic writer whose inadvertent readings aloud turn-on a handsome jeweler (LaPaglia) and plunge them together with Rebecca Gibney into a triangle that unfortunately does not generate the requisite dramatic tension. "Brilliant Lies" (1996) reunited the two, but this time as antagonists with...

Widely acknowledged as one of Australia's most accomplished young actors, Gia Carides has has a career that skyrocketed following her turn as the loud and pushy Liz in Baz Luhrmann's hit movie "Strictly Ballroom" (1992). Though blonde for "Ballroom", this attractive, smokey-voiced brunette began as an ingenue in the genre pic "Midnight Spares" (1982) and appeared in the chronicle of the champion Australian racehorse "Phar Lap" (1983), credited as Georgia Carr. She performed sex acts on her coke-dealer brother in exchange for drugs in "Bliss" (1985) and was convincing as a rookie cop in "Backlash" (1986). For the latter, she and co-star Trevor Darling turned to improvisation to fully realize their parts, contributing so much in the process that they both earned screenwriting credits.

Carides teamed with her significant other, fellow Aussie Anthony LaPaglia, in "Paperback Romance" (1994), playing Sophie, a disabled erotic writer whose inadvertent readings aloud turn-on a handsome jeweler (LaPaglia) and plunge them together with Rebecca Gibney into a triangle that unfortunately does not generate the requisite dramatic tension. "Brilliant Lies" (1996) reunited the two, but this time as antagonists with Carides accusing former employer LaPaglia of sexual harassment and unfair dismissal in this Australian courtroom drama. She also portrayed Cashmere McCloud, the president's former mistress (please, no comparisons to Gennifer Flowers) in Mike Nichols' film adaptation of the best-seller "Primary Colors" (1998).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 White Camellias (2012)
2.
 Year One (2009)
3.
 Stick It (2006)
4.
 One Last Thing (2005)
5.
 My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) Nikki
6.
 Jack the Dog (2002) Georgia
8.
 Maze (2000) Julianne
9.
 Letters From A Killer (1999) Lita
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1977:
Appeared in 50-minute film "The Love Letters from Teralba Road"
1982:
Played the ingenue amidst colorful characters in the Australian car movie "Midnite Spares"
1983:
Billed as Georgia Carr for her turn in "Phar Lap"
1985:
Portrayed daughter Lucy, who performs sex acts on her brother in lieu of cash for drugs, in "Bliss"
1986:
Offered a convincing turn as a rookie cop in "Backlash"
1992:
Propelled into international acting arena by the success of "Strictly Ballroom", in which she co-starred as Liz, the loud and pushy, man-hungry blond dancer
:
Signed three-picture deal with Disney
1994:
Acted opposite her significant other, fellow Aussie Anthony LaPaglia, in "Paperback Romance"
1995:
Appeared in "Bad Company", starring Ellen Barkin and Laurence Fishburne
1995:
Portrayed Vesper in TV movie "The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space" on the Starz! network
1996:
Paired with LaPaglia again for "Brilliant Lies"
1996:
Seen in Steven Feder's indie "The Cottonwood"
1998:
Played Cashmere McCloud, the president's former mistress, in "Primary Colors" (directed by Mike Nichols; screenplay by Elaine May)
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Notes

On her knock-down, drag-out fights with LaPaglia in "Brilliant Lies": "It actually helped having Anthony to play against. It was easier to give yourself over to someone you trust, someone who you know isn't enjoying those physical scenes more than he should. Or at least I think Anthony wasn't." --Gia Carides in New York Post, July 13, 1997.

"Work-wise, I'm really happy in either country, but when I'm in Australia, I'm missing Anthony, and when I'm in America, I desperately miss my family." --Carides to New York Post, July 13, 1997.

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husband:
Anthony LaPaglia. Educator. In different states while Hart was growing up.
husband:
Anthony LaPaglia. Actor. Met at a party in Sydney, Australia c. 1992; married in 1998.

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sister:
Zoe Carides. Has four, younger.
sister:
Zoe Carides. Actor. Played Gia's sibling in "Brilliant Lies"; born on February 19, 1962.

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