Pia Zadora Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 01 May, 2019
Facts of Pia Zadora
Date of Birth: 1853 , May-4
Age: 166 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet
Name Pia Zadora
Birth Name Pia Alfreda Schipani
Father Alphonse Schipani
Mother Saturnina Schipani
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S
Ethnicity White
Profession Actress and Singer
Net Worth $25 million
Married to Meshulam Riklis (m. 1977; div. 1993) Jonathan Kaufer (m. 1995; div. 2001) Michael Jeffries (m. 2006)
Children Three
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Pia Zadora's acting career was not particularly successful, but she found more respect as a singer with a number of hit singles like The Clapping Song and Rock It Out which also brought her nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Similarly, Zadora's marital relationship with multimillionaire Meshulam Riklis also earned her huge attention.

Early Life, Bio, And Education Of Pia Zadora

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

Zadora attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art. She holds American nationality and her ethnicity is white. 

Pia Zadora's Professional Career 

Pia Zadora started her immature acting career by performing in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof from 1964-66. Her silver screen role came in 1964 when she took the role in the movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. She subsequently featured in Butterfly, Voyage of the Rock Aliens, Hairspray,  Troop Beverly Hills, and more. 

In 1982, Pia played the role 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, apparently making an appearance in Playboy magazine and attending Golden Globe as a voter. Further, she also had her image presented on Sunset Boulevard billboards. 

CAPTION: The actress Pia Zadora SOURCE: theatermania.com

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

Music Career

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

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

Zadora also featured on the hit reality series, Celebrity Wife Swap. 

Pia Zadora's Net Worth And Earrings 

Pia Zadora has earned a decent amount of money from her splendid singing and acting career. As of 2019, Zadora has a net worth of around $25 million, according to Celebrity net worth. 

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.  

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Pia Zadora's Married, Husband, And Children 

Pia Zadora 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 and her ex-husband Meshulam Riklis SOURCE: MSN.com

In Jan 1988, the two purchased 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 in the property. One of the reasons the pair demolished 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 that he sexually harassed their son Jordon but it was later dismissed by the presiding judge after finding Zadora's comments to be protected speech. 

On January 7, 2006, the actress went on to marry 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 does not have any child 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. 

Well, 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 counselings and follow a recommended levels of alcohol. 

Height, Age, And Other Facts 

  • Pia Zadora's height is 5' (1.52 m). 
  • Pia's age as of 2019 is 65 years. 
  • Birthname: Pia Alfreda Schipani 
  • She has brown hair and green eyes.

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