Pia Zadora

Inside Biography

Pia Zadora's acting career was not particularly successful, but she found more respect as a singer with many hit singles such as The Clapping Song and Rock It Out, which also brought her a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Besides, her active involvement in the entertainment line helped her earn a ma s sive fortune worth over $25 million.

Age and Nationality 

Pia Alfreda Zadora was born on May 4, 1953, in Hoboken, New Jersey as the daughter of Alphonse Schipani, an Italian American violinist, and Saturnina Schipani, a Polish American theatrical wardrobe supervisor for Broadway productions including New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera. 

She holds American nationality. Zadora attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After completing her education, Zadora began her professional career in the entertainment industry.

Career In The Showbiz Industry

Zadora initiated her acting career by performing in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof from 1964 to 66. Her silver screen role came in 1964 when Zadora took part in the movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Subsequently, she was featured in Butterfly, Voyage of the Rock Aliens, Hairspray, Troop Beverly Hills, and more. 

In 1982, Zadora played starred in the movie Butterfly, for which she won the Golden Globe Award. But it was reported that her ex-husband Riklis had purchased the award with a promotional campaign, ostensibly appearing in Playboy magazine and attending Golden Globe as a voter. Further, she also had her image presented on Sunset Boulevard billboards. Moreover, Zadora has worked alongside various personalities such as Kelsey GrammerDavid Hyde Pierce, and John Mahoney.

CAPTION: Pia Zadora attending an event SOURCE: Instagram @officialpiazadora

In 1983, the actress was cast in the movie The Lonely Lady. Her portrayal as an aspiring screenwriter who earns success after surviving sexual a s sault in the film earned her the 1983 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. In the year 2000, the actress got the 20th Golden Raspberry Awards nomination as Worst Actress of the Century.  

Career As A Musician

After her many roles in movies, the 67 years aged actress made her smooth transition into the world of music and found more respect as a singer. In 1965, Zadora released the hit single The Clapping Song, which reached 40 in the US, and it was also recorded for the film score of The Lonely Lady. In 1985, her other most famous song, Rock It Out, earned her a nomination for Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Performance. 

Prior to music and acting, in 2011, she tried to take on new types of challenges and started a return with a cabaret show titled Pia Zadora: Back Again and Standing Tall. She was also on tour performing in her own cabaret show. 

In addition to that, Zadora was also featured on the hit reality series, Celebrity Wife Swap. 

Net Worth and Earning Details

The Golden Globe award-winning actress has earned a decent amount of money from her glorious singing and acting career. As of 2022, Zadora has a net worth of around $30 million, according to Wealthy Person but Celebrity Net Worth reports it to be approximately $25 million.

No doubt, Zadora has earned most of her gains from her professional career as an actress and singer. For your information, a singer in the US makes around $48882, which may also fall between $41681 and $56904. Also, Zadora is an actress, and the person doing the respective job earns $91401 per year. So, Zadora indeed lives a lavish life.

In November 2018, the actress took her Las Vegas house on the market for $3.2 million. The lovely, upscale contemporary home was built in 2009, and it has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms spread over 4,700 square feet.  

In 1988 along with her ex-husband Riklis, Pia bought the house for about $7 million and sold it for $17,650,000 to Korean businessman Corry Hong.

Who Is Her Spouse? Her Past and Present Marriage

The Butterfly actress has been married thrice. She first married businessman Meshulam Riklis on September 18, 1977. The former couple had a crazy age gap of 31 years. She first met Riklis while she was touring with a musical production in 1972.

CAPTION: Pia Zadora was married to Meshulam Riklis SOURCE: Twitter @DEADLINE

In January 1988, the two bought the Beverly Hills mansion for almost $7 million from Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Keeping the guest houses only, they demolished most of the structure and built a new 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) mansion on the property. One of the reasons the pair destroyed the house was a troubling apparition that appeared to her and the children when her husband was away from the duplex.

The pair has two children named Kady Zadora, born in 1985 and Kristofer Barzie, was born in 1987. The pair, nonetheless, divorced in the year 1993. The actress remained in the house until late 2005. She sold it for $17,650,000 to Korean businessman Corry Hong

Zadora married for the second time to writer-director Jonathan Kaufer in August 1995. The couple did not last long and parted ways in November 2001. They have one child, a son named Jordan Maxwell Kaufer

In 2010, Zadora falsely accused her ex-husband Kaufer of sexually hara s sing their son Jordon, but the presiding judge later dismissed it after finding Zadora's comments to be protected speech. 

On January 7, 2006, the actress married Michale Jeffries, a detective with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The two first met when Zadora phoned the Las Vegas Police to report a stalking incident. The two do not have any children to date. The couple currently resides in Summerlin, Nevada. 

In June 2013, Zadora was charged with domestic violence, battery and coercion following her argument with her teenage son Jordon. And she was also prisoned after a SWAT team surrounded her home. She confessed that she was drunk before the incident. 

During the court proceeding after the incident, the presiding judge ordered the actress to "stay out of trouble for a year" and asked her to go for impulse controlling counseling and follow recommended levels of alcohol. 

See More About Zadora's Height, Age, and Other Facts 

  • Pia Zadora's height is 5' (1.52 m). 
  • Pia's age as of 2022 is 67 years. 
  • Birthname: Pia Alfreda Schipani 
  • She has brown hair and green eyes.

by ab-sagar, 01 May, 2019

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