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Pia Zadora



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
55% 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 Pia Zadora's American Songbook
  • Actor
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
24% Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
  • Girmar
1964

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
No Score Yet Celebrity Wife Swap
2012-2015
  • Appearing

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