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 "Strict...
The producers and distributors of hit FBI missing persons TV drama Without a Trace have been slapped with a record fine after airing an episode about teen sex parties in 2004.
America's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials have imposed a $3.6 million fine against 111 stations that aired the controversial episode.
The FCC acted after receiving thousands of complaints about the show.
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Top Story: She Shoulda Seen It Comin'
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"My Big Fat Greek" Ratings
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Appeared in "Bad Company", starring Ellen Barkin and Laurence Fishburne
Offered a convincing turn as a rookie cop in "Backlash"
Billed as Georgia Carr for her turn in "Phar Lap"
Played the ingenue amidst colorful characters in the Australian car movie "Midnite Spares"
Acted opposite her significant other, fellow Aussie Anthony LaPaglia, in "Paperback Romance"
Portrayed Vesper in TV movie "The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space" on the Starz! network
Paired with LaPaglia again for "Brilliant Lies"
Signed three-picture deal with Disney
Appeared in 50-minute film "The Love Letters from Teralba Road"
Played Cashmere McCloud, the president's former mistress, in "Primary Colors" (directed by Mike Nichols; screenplay by Elaine May)
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
Portrayed daughter Lucy, who performs sex acts on her brother in lieu of cash for drugs, in "Bliss"
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.
played Gia's sibling in "Brilliant Lies"; born on February 19, 1962
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.