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Pia Zadora

"Pia Zadora" (born May 4, 1954) is an American actress and singer.


Born Pia Alfreda Schipani in Hoboken, New Jersey, of part Polish descent, she adapted part of her mother's maiden name (Zadorowska) as her stage name. She appeared as a child actress with legendary Broadway star Tallulah Bankhead in Midgie Purvis.

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.


Her first film appearance was in 1964's infamous ''Santa Claus Conquers the Martians'', as Girmar, a young Martian girl. She won a Golden Globe as 1982's "Most Promising New Star," but also won "Worst New Star" in the 1982 Golden Raspberry Awards. She starred in the 1983 film ''The Lonely Lady''.

She won the now defunct "Best New Star of the Year" Golden Globe for the film ''Butterfly'' despite the fact that she actually made her acting debut eighteen years earlier.

There were rumors that her husband, Israeli multimillionaire Meshulam Riklis (owner of McCrory's), who financed the movie, bribed the critics.

Zadora garnered both attention and ridicule that year by posing for the press ...

birth date May 4, 1954
birth place Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
occupation Actress
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