Pia Zadora

Pia Zadora

  • Highest Rated: 98% Hairspray (1988)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Lonely Lady (1983)
  • Birthday: May 4, 1954
  • Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
  • About as widely ridiculed as Barry Manilow, Pia Zadora is known for her turbulent celebrity status and questionable talents, mostly brought on by Hollywood scandal. Born in Hoboken, NJ, she appeared on Broadway as a child actor before making her film debut in the universally mocked Santa Claus Conquers the Martians in 1964. She continued her stage career as a singer, dancer, and actor after she married the Israeli corporate millionaire Meshulam Riklis in 1977. When she won a Golden Globe for her role in the 1982 film Butterfly, rumors started to spread that he was funding her success. It didn't help that she continued to star in terrible movies such as Fake-Out, Voyage of the Rock Aliens, and The Lonely Lady (which bears many similarities to the infamous flop Showgirls). Her acting career took a major downturn during the mid-'80s, so Zadora focused on recording pop vocal standards for Epic; she released several records and went on tour with Frank Sinatra. Her acting was limited to the stage and cameo appearances as herself, with the only exceptions being her performances as the beatnik chick in John Waters' Hairspray and Miss Muffett in the TV movie Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme. Amid much controversy in 1988, Zadora and Riklis bought and renovated Pickfair, the mansion originally owned by Hollywood moguls Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Zadora and Riklis divorced in 1993.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

54% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Herself 1994
No Score Yet Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Little Miss Muffet 1990
8% Troop Beverly Hills Pia Zadora 1989
98% Hairspray Beatnik Girl 1988
No Score Yet Voyage of the Rock Aliens Dee Dee 1987
No Score Yet Der Formel Eins Film Herself 1986
No Score Yet Jermaine Jackson: Dynamite Videos Actor 1985
0% The Lonely Lady Jerilee Randall 1983
No Score Yet Pajama Tops Actor 1983
No Score Yet Nevada Heat Actor 1982
No Score Yet Fake-Out Bobbie Warren 1982
No Score Yet Butterfly Kady Tyler 1982
23% Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Girmar 1964

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Celebrity Wife Swap
2012-2015
Appearing
  • 2015
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest
  • 1999

QUOTES FROM Pia Zadora CHARACTERS

Jerilee Randall
We could talk. We need to talk.
Walter Thornton
Why didn't you go off with Dacosta? He would've enjoyed it!
Walter Thornton
[angrily picks up garden hose] Or is this more your kick?
Walter Thornton
Or is this more your kick?
Beatnik Chick
When I'm High, I AM Odetta! Let's Get naked and smoke!
Beatnik Chick
When I'm high, I AM Odetta! Let's Get naked and smoke!
Jerilee
I don't suppose I'm the only one who has to fuck her way to the top.