Pia Zadora

Actor, Singer
A media personality and professional "guest star", Zadora was a seasoned child and teen performer who kept busy in the 1960s and 70s in a series of understudy and supporting roles on Broadway and in road companies ... Read more »
Born: 05/03/1953 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (24)

Divine: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult 1994 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ice Capades 50th Anniversary Special 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Candid Camera on Wheels 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Hairspray 1988 (Movie)

Beatnik Girl (Actor)

Las Vegas: An All Star 75th Anniversary 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Star-Spangled Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Fame, Fortune & Romance 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Kids and the Best of Everything 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Voyage of the Rock Aliens 1985 (Movie)

Dee Dee (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lonely Lady 1982 (Movie)

Jerilee Randall (Actor)

Butterfly 1981 (Movie)

Kady (Actor)

Fake-Out 1981 (Movie)

Bobbie Warren (Actor)

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV Show)

Actor

Pajama Tops (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Lonely Lady 1982 (Movie)

("The Clapping Song") (Song Performer)

Biography

A media personality and professional "guest star", Zadora was a seasoned child and teen performer who kept busy in the 1960s and 70s in a series of understudy and supporting roles on Broadway and in road companies before becoming the "Dubonnet Girl" of TV commercials in the late 70s. Starring in a series of ubiquitous advertisements finally brought the hardworking, ambitious actress a measure of the fame that had eluded her, one which increased after her marriage at 22 to reticent, paternal multimillionaire Meshulam Riklis, owner of Dubonnet's parent company.

Relationships

Michael Jeffries

Husband

Jonathan Kaufer Director

Husband

Jordan Kaufer

Son
Born April 13, 1997 father, Jonathan Kaufer

Meshulam Riklis

Husband

Kady Riklis

Daughter
Born January 1, 1985 father, Meshulam Riklis

Kristofer Riklis

Son
Born March 2, 1987 father, Meshulam Riklis

Alfons Schipani

Father
Died in 1987

Nina Schipani

Mother
Was a theatrical wardrobe supervisor who worked for Broadway productions, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York City Opera

EDUCATION

High School of the Professional Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

1996

Retired from show business to concentrate on raising her family

1995

Returned to the Broadway stage in the musical "Crazy for You"

1994

Played a small role in the comedy, "Naked Gun 33?: The Final Insult"

1988

Returned to feature films for a cameo role in John Waters's "Hairspray"

1983

Released the single, "The Clapping Song"; also performed song in the feature film, "The Lonely Lady"

1983

Played leading role of Babette Latouche in the Showtime cable TV comedy special, "Pajama Tops"

1981

First starring role in a film, as Kady in "Butterfly"; produced by husband Meshulam Riklis

1968

Replaced Bernadette Peters in the cast of the off-Broadway musical "Dames at Sea"

1967

Appeared in the chorus for "Henry, Sweet Henry," a musical version of the film, "The World of Henry Orient"

1964

Made film debut in "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians"

1964

Replaced Linda Ross as Bielke, Tevye's youngest daughter, in the Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof"

1962

Appeared in "We Take the Town," a musical version of "Viva Villa" starring Robert Preston

1961

Broadway debut as Cleo June in "Midgie Purvis"; play closed after 21 performances

1961

Was an understudy in short-lived Broadway play, "The Garden of Sweets"

Attracted attention in the late 1970s as the "Dubonnet Girl" in TV commercials

Bonus Trivia

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During her first marriage, she and her husband Meshulam Riklis purchased 'Pickfair,' the former home of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, in 1988. Reportedly because of termite damage, they were forced to raze the mansion and build a new house on the same site.

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