Like any good dyke, my life was forever changed after watching “Gia,” one of the most iconic pieces of art of lesbian film history. I laughed, I pined, I cried, I cried, I cried. I cried some more. I fell madly in love with manic-tragic-beautiful-misunderstood-loving-intense-amazing Gia Carangi in this lesbian masterpiece. Not only was she stunningly beautiful, radical in her very existence, and unapologetically herself, but she was also quite the poet. Everything that came out of her mouth or that she poured into her journal was incredibly powerful.
Here are 10 of her most memorable quotes from the lesbian masterpiece that is the 1998 biopic “Gia” staring the one and only Angelina Jolie. Some quotes are directly lifted from Carangi’s journals, while others are pulled from her film character. All of them are heartbreakingly beautiful.
“I could learn photography. That could be something to want. I could photograph children. I could have my own children. I would give them yellow roses. And if they got too loud, I would just put them some place quiet. Put them in the oven. And I would kiss them every day, and tell them you don’t have to be anybody, because I would know that being somebody doesn’t make you anybody anyway.”
“I think God has a plan for me, but I don’t think it’s in this life.”
“When I look in the mirror, I just want to like myself. And if I like myself, then I look good.”
“I have to go… I have to go… where the fuck does everybody go when they have to go?”
“Because, if you let it be about you, then you’re screwed, you know? So you have to stay separate from what’s happening and you have to be somewhere else. But I don’t know where that somewhere else is, you know? Or how to do that.”
“I don’t think a woman is really a woman, unless she’s a blonde, you know?”
“Well, good, that’s the idea. You scare the shit out of people so they can’t see how scared you are.”
“I want to live so bad, but I’m so terribly sad.”
“You were the one. You were the only one. And you were amazing.”
Too beautiful to die. Too wild to live.
“Oh, is that it? You’re just jealous! You’re just jealous because you don’t want anyone to know about us! You don’t want it to get around that you and me… you are with a model! You don’t want it to be known that you’re fucking a model! Go ahead and say it, I’m fucking a model!”
“Please don’t go. I’ll make you breakfast.”
“I will be king and you will be queen.”
“Life and death, energy and peace. If I stop today it was still worth it. Even the terrible mistakes that I made and would have unmade if I could. The pains that have burned me and scarred my soul, it was worth it, for having been allowed to walk where I’ve walked, which was to hell on earth, heaven on earth, back again, into, under, far in between, through it, and above.”