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Pia Zadora Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Birth NamePia Alfreda Schipani
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Pia Zadora was born on May 4, 1954 in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA as Pia Alfreda Schipani. She is an actress, known for The Lonely Lady (1983), Butterfly (1982) and Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984). She has been married to Michael Jeffries since January 7, 2006. She was previously married to Jonathan Kaufer and Meshulam Riklis.

Spouse (3)

Michael Jeffries (7 January 2006 - present)
Jonathan Kaufer (27 August 1995 - 30 November 2001) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Meshulam Riklis (18 September 1977 - 29 March 1995) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (29)

Bought the Pickfair mansion in January 1988, only to have it demolished. The outside gate with the letter P is all that remains of the original home.
Her son's godfather is Don King.
She had a relatively successful singing career. She made pop and traditional vocal albums in the 80s. Her biggest hit in the U.S. was 1983's "The Clapping Song". She earned a Grammy nomination in 1984 with "Rock It Out" (for Female Rock performance) and also scored a worldwide hit with "When the Rain Begins to Fall", a duet with Jermaine Jackson. It was not a hit in the U.S., however. Among her albums: Pia (1982) and Let's Dance Tonight (1984), Pia & Phil (1985), I Am What I Am (1986), Reflections/Today (1988) and When the Lights Go Out (1988) and Pia Z (1989). She also had songs on the soundtracks to her films Butterfly (1982), Fake-Out (1982) and Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984). She went on to perform in Las Vegas, opening for such pop standard veterans as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and others.
After she won the 1982 Golden Globe for New Star of the Year, Female - despite having made her film acting debut 17 years earlier - rumors swirled that then-husband Meshulam Riklis "bought" her the award. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association retired the category in 1983.
Children: Jordan Maxwell (13 April 1997) with Jonathan Kaufer; Kady Zadora (1 January 1985) and Kristopher Barzie (3 March 1987) with Meshulam Riklis.
Became the first thespian to "win" back-to-back RAZZIE Awards when she was named Worst Actress of 1982 for Butterfly (1982) and Worst Actress of 1983 for The Lonely Lady (1983) - thus making her the RAZZIE equivalent of Luise Rainer.
Appeared in a Penthouse spread in 1983. The picture for her 1984 "Rock It Out" single was taken from this shoot.
In 1984, her song "Rock It Out" earned a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Among her fellow nominees: Lita Ford, Bonnie Tyler, Wendy O. Williams and eventual winner Tina Turner.
Ex-sister-in-law of Scott Kaufer.
Considered for the role of Evita Peron in Evita (1996).
Played youngest daughter Bielke for two years in "Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway (1964-1966).
It was during a 1972 bus-and-truck production of "Applause" starring Alexis Smith that was touring in Ohio that Zadora met Meshulam "Rik" Riklis, a 49-year old corporate businessman. She was 17. Four years later they married.
At the time when Zadora became the "ad girl" for the French wine-based aperitif, her first husband was a major shareholder of the American distributor for Dubonnet.
She made her first records in the 1960s, which included "Bye Bye Boy", for which she was billed as "Little Pia".
In 1990 she toured as an opening act for Frank Sinatra.
After remarrying in 1995, she appeared on Broadway in "Crazy For You" to favorable reviews, but during this production, she suffered a miscarriage, retired from show business, divorced her second husband and began living with her first husband and father to her children on the grounds of the former Pickfair Estate in Beverly Hills.
Father, Alphonse Schipani, played violin in Broadway pit orchestras, and mother, Saturnina Zadorowski, was a theater wardrobe supervisor.
Attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art while a child as a means of overcoming shyness.
In 1961, the six-year-old was selected by noted screen and stage actor Burgess Meredith to appear in the Broadway production of "Midgie Purvis" starring the one and only Tallulah Bankhead.
She is of Italian origin by her father side (Calabria) and Polish by her mother side.
Lives in Las Vegas with her third husband, a Las Vegas detective. She met her current husband after reporting a stalking incident to the Las Vegas Police.
Arrested on charges she scratched and choked her autistic son after he refused to go to bed, which resulted in a SWAT standoff after he called police. The case against her was dismissed after she completed alcohol and impulse control counseling. Her husband, who was home at the time, was fired from his job as a deputy sheriff four months later for refusing to cooperate with police during the incident. He filed a lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie a year later claiming his constitutional rights had been violated. [June 1, 2013].
Born on a Tuesday.
Stepson Michael Jeffries Jr. was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a friend during an argument a party in October 2011. Jeffries faces 20 years to life in prison. [March 26, 2015].
Suffered head injuries and a broken ankle after falling from a golf cart being driven by her son. [September 11, 2014].
Former stepmother of: Ira D.Riklis, Mona Ackerman and Marcia Riklis.
In addition to the several motion pictures he produced for Zadora while they were married, billionaire Meshulam Riklis also financed a one-hour TV special to showcase his wife's talents. Entitled Pia Zadora: Fiesta in Mexico, it featured aging Mexican movie star Julio Aleman as her "guest star." As part of his campaign to promote Pia for the Golden Globes, Riklis arranged for the special to air on Los Angeles independent TV station KTLA, where it drew an audience of about 17 people.
Zadora was the subject of an anecdotal joke in the mid-1980s: Pia was supposedly playing the title role in a Broadway revival of The Diary of Anne Frank, and the reaction to her performance was such that, when Nazi soldiers come knocking at the door of the Frank family's hiding place, the audience starts chanting: "She's in the attic! She's in the attic!".
During their first decade, the Razzie Awards published a quarterly members' newsletter called The Razzie Reporter. Among the regular features was a column called Pia Watch, keeping voting Razzie Members up-to-date on the activities and projects of Zadora, a perennial "Razzie Repeat Offender.".

Personal Quotes (4)

I don't know, people say I'm a sex symbol, but I think I'm an actress.
"They never told me about winning all those Razzie Awards -- Maybe because they were afraid that, after reading all the reviews, I might kill myself!" (Quoted from "The E! True Hollywood Story: Pia Zadora")
They [Hollywood industry] may resent somebody infringing on their territory which is a natural thing. You don't come out of nowhere and win a Golden Globe! If I were a struggling little actress who won, they'd say, 'Oh come on, sweetheart. You won! Great!' and I'd be part of their clique. But no. They don't have that power over me; I'm not at their mercy. That may be what they resent. - on her Golden Globe win
I'm often compared to Meryl Streep, as in 'Pia Zadora is no Meryl Streep!'

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