FACTOID # 21: 15% of Army recruits from South Dakota are Native American, which is roughly the same percentage for female Army recruits in the state.
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 


FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:



(* = Graphable)



Encyclopedia > Pia Zadora
Pia Zadora
Born May 4, 1954 (1954-05-04) (age 53)
Hoboken, New Jersey , USA
Occupation Actress, singer
Height 5'

Pia Zadora (born May 4, 1954) is an American actress and singer. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map of New Jersey highlighting Hoboken Image of Hoboken taken by NASA (red line shows where Hoboken is). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1954 in film involved some significant events. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ...



Early life

Born Pia Alfreda Schipani in Hoboken, New Jersey, of part Polish and Italian descent. She adapted part of her mother's maiden name (Zadorowski) as her stage name. She appeared as a child actress with legendary Broadway star Tallulah Bankhead in Midgie Purvis. Map of New Jersey highlighting Hoboken Image of Hoboken taken by NASA (red line shows where Hoboken is). ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress, talk-show host and bonne vivante. ...

She attended elementary and middle school in Forest Hills, New York, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, the same parochial school as Ray Romano and David Caruso. Station Square, home to Forest Hills striking Long Island Rail Road station. ... Raymond Romano (born December 21, 1957 in Queens, New York) is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated, American actor and comedian best known for his starring role on the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond. ... David Stephen Caruso (born January 7, 1956 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York) is an American film and television actor. ...

Film career

Zadora's first film appearance was in 1964's infamous Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, as Girmar, a young Martian girl. Her subsequent career made little headway until she met and then married Israeli multimillionaire Meshulam Riklis in 1977. Not long thereafter, she made her breakthrough into public awareness as the "Dubonnet Girl", appearing in near-ubiquitous print ads and tv commercials for Dubonnet aperitifs. Not incidentally, her husband was a major shareholder in Dubonnet's American distributor. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (also titled Santa Claus Defeats the Aliens) is a 1964 science fiction film that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. ... Meshulam Riklis (born 1923) is a businessman. ... Dubonnet is an aperitif re-popularised in late 1970s by an advertising campaign starring Pia Zadora. ...

Zadora co-starred with Stacy Keach and Orson Welles in the 1982 film Butterfly, with a steamy plotline revolving around father-daughter incest, and featuring Zadora singing "It’s Wrong For Me To Love You". She went on to win that year's Golden Globe Award as "Best New Star of the Year", amid charges that her wealthy husband had, in effect, bought the award with a high-profile promotional campaign.[1] Zadora's curvaceous image filled oversize billboards on Sunset Boulevard, and rumors circulated about lavish junkets to Las Vegas for members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which sponsors the Golden Globes. Not all critics were enamored of her performance, however; she was awarded "Razzies" as both "Worst New Star" and "Worst Actress" in the 1982 Golden Raspberry Awards. Stacy Keach (born Walter Stacy Keach, Jr. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... // This is the year of film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which will become the highest grossing movie for almost 15 years (until Titanic), earning double or triple against any major film of the 1980s. ... Butterfly was a 1982 film based on the 1947 novel The Butterfly by James M. Cain. ... Incest is defined as sexual intercourse between closely related persons. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Sunset Boulevard (officially known as West Sunset Boulevard, except in Beverly Hills) is a street in the western part of Los Angeles County, California, that stretches from Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast Highway at the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Palisades. ... Vegas redirects here. ... Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is an organization comprised of journalists who work in the film industry. ... The 3rd Golden Raspberry Awards were held on April 11, 1983. ...

Zadora next starred in the 1982 film Fake-Out (aka Nevada Heat), a zany women in prison B-movie co-starring Telly Savalas, and in the 1983 film adaptation of a Harold Robbins novel, The Lonely Lady, playing the role of an aspiring screenwriter who achieves success after surviving a sexual assault with a garden hose nozzle. She was awarded yet another Razzie, as "Worst Actress" of 1983. On the basis of her multiple awards, the Golden Raspberry Awards later named her "Worst New Star of the Decade (1980-1989). // This is the year of film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which will become the highest grossing movie for almost 15 years (until Titanic), earning double or triple against any major film of the 1980s. ... Women in Prison films are an exploitation film genre. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... // February 11 - The Rolling Stones concert film Lets Spend the Night Together opens in New York North Americas Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Tootsie Trading Places, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy Superman III Flashdance Staying Alive Octopussy Mr. ... Harold Robbins (originally Harold Rubin) (May 21, 1916–October 14, 1997) was an American author. ... The Lonely Lady is a 1983 film directed by Peter Sasdy based on the book written by Harold Robbins. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Sexual assault is any physical contact of a sexual nature without voluntary consent. ...

Zadora garnered both attention and ridicule that year by posing for the press cavorting in a public fountain and wearing a Tanga Maillot swimsuit. This resulted in many photos of her and her shapely "can" (posterior) at the homonymic Cannes Film Festival. In contrast, Newsweek published what it humorously referred to as a "rare head-on" photo of the actress.[2] See Thong for other meanings. ... The maillot is the fashion designer’s name for a woman’s one-piece swimsuit. ... Bottom commonly refers to the human buttocks but also has other uses. ... The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ... The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ...

In 1988 she played a small role in John Waters' Hairspray as a beatnik. Waters has never been shy about expressing his ardent admiration for Pia Zadora's work, even interviewing her on one occasion. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... John Waters (born April 22, 1946) is an American filmmaker, writer, personality, visual artist and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. ... This article is about the 1988 film. ...

She has attained some success as a singer, and has had several hit singles throughout the world. In 1984, she received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Her cover version of the Shirley Ellis hit, "The Clapping Song", reached the U.S. Top 40 in 1983, and she had a minor hit with a duet with Jermaine Jackson titled "When The Rain Begins To Fall" in 1984 which she performed with Jermaine in the movie "Voyage Of The Rock Aliens" in which Zadora played a lead role. (In Germany, this song was a #1 hit for four weeks, and in France it also was a major hit.) She released Pia & Phil, an album of standards with the London Philharmonic in 1987. In 1988, she teamed with famed producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and released an album entitled "When the Lights Go Out." This article is about the year. ... The Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1980. ... Shirley Ellis, soul music singer and songwriter, was born circa 1941 in the Bronx of New York City and is best known for her hits The Name Game (1965) and The Nitty Gritty (1963). ... The Clapping Song is an American song originally recorded by Shirley Ellis in 1965. ... Jermaine LaJaune Jackson or Muhammad Abdul Aziz[1] (born December 11, 1954), is an American Grammy Award-nominated singer, bass guitarist, former member of The Jackson 5 and older brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. ... The London Philharmonic Orchestra (frequently abbreviated to LPO), based in London, is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... James Jimmy Jam Harris III (born on June 6, 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) and Terry Lewis (born November 21, 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska) are an American R&B and pop songwriting and record production team. ...

Later in 1994 Zadora played a small role in Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult in the final act in a comedy sketch as she sang in the Academy Awards.

An urban legend has frequently been circulated that Zadora once starred in a production of The Diary of Anne Frank, in which her performance was so bad that an audience member yelled "She's in the attic!" when the Nazis showed up. Zadora has, in fact, never acted in a production of The Diary of Anne Frank; the joke is taken from the book "Solomon Gursky Was Here" by the Canadian author Mordechai Richler. The story was also famously repeated by Bea Arthur on her "On Broadway: Just Between Friends" tour and album.[1][3] An urban legend or urban myth is similar to a modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ... The Diary of Anne Frank is a stage adaptation of the diary of Anne Frank, published under the title The Diary of a Young Girl. ... National Socialism redirects here. ...

Personal life

Zadora now lives with her three children (from two former marriages) in wealthy retirement, thanks to ex-husband Meshulam Riklis. Zadora gained notoriety when she and Riklis bought the Beverly Hills landmark mansion Pickfair in January of 1988 and later demolished it. The mansion, former home of early movie stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, was one of Beverly Hills' most famous privately owned properties. To show his "love and affection", Riklis had an oil portrait commissioned of Zadora in the nude. Visitors to the Pickfair Mansion were greeted by the portrait.[1] Meshulam Riklis (born 1923) is a businessman. ... Beverly Hills redirects here. ... Pickfair was a Hollywood mansion named appropriately by its original residents, silent film actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. ... A movie star or film star is a celebrity who is a person known for his or her roles in motion pictures. ... Douglas Fairbanks (May 23, 1883 – December 12, 1939) was an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer, who became noted for his swashbuckling roles in silent movies such as The Mark of Zorro (1920), The Three Musketeers (1921), Robin Hood (1922), The Thief of Bagdad (1924) and The Black Pirate (1926). ... Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979) was an Oscar-winning Canadian motion picture star and co-founder of United Artists in 1919. ...

Zadora is an active contributor to both Republican and Democratic political candidates.[4] The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic...


  • Barbra Streisand and Zadora are the only actresses to be nominated for both a Razzie and a Golden Globe for the same performance. Zadora for "Butterfly" (1982), Streisand for "Yentl" (1983). [5]


  1. ^ a b c Jan. 20, 2007 transcript of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
  2. ^ http://www.bikiniscience.com/chronology/1980-1985_SS/PZ8201_S/PZ8201.html
  3. ^ http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/zadora.asp
  4. ^ http://www.newsmeat.com/celebrity_political_donations/Pia_Zadora.php
  5. ^ http://german.imdb.com/name/nm0000659/awards, http://german.imdb.com/name/nm0001871/awards

Wait Wait. ...

External links

  Results from FactBites:
Uncle Scoopy's Guest House presents Pia Zadora in Butterfly (983 words)
Zadora's appeal, if that is the correct word, was her uncanny facial resemblance to a very young teen, despite the fact that she was nearly thirty when she made those two films.
Pia was not only nominated for the Golden Globe for Best New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture, but she won the award, and she didn't beat a bunch of nobodies, either.
Pia may have become a universal punch line by 1983, but it is obvious that not everyone thought she sucked in 1982.
Pia Zadora (323 words)
After a 17 year gap, Zadora was awarded a Golden Globe award as Best New Star Of The Year for her work in Butterfly.
With the release of Pia and Phil in 1985 (an album of standards recorded with the London Philharmonic) she silenced a lot of critics and got a fresh start.
It is generally agreed that Pia is better at singing than she is at acting.
  More results at FactBites »



Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m