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Pia Zadora

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Date of Birth: 1953 , May-4
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet
Name Pia Zadora
Birth Name Pia Alfreda Schipani
Father Alphonse Schipani
Mother Saturnani Schipani
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Hoboken, New Jersey
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor, Singer
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Blonde
Face Color White
Married Yes
Married to Michael Jeffries
Children Yes
Awards Golden Globe Award
Movies Butterfly
TV Show Pajama Tops
Albums Pia

Quick Timeline of Pia Zadora

1953 Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
1964 Made an On-screen Debut
1977 Married to Meshulam Riklis
1978 Made a Music Career Debut
1995 Married to Jonathan Kaufer
2006 Married to Michael Jeffries

Detail Timeline of Pia Zadora

May 4 , 1953

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, United States

Pia was born to father Alphonse Schipani and mother Saturnina Schipani. She belongs to American nationality and her birth sign is Taurus


Made an On-screen Debut

Zadora has made the film debut through the movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, as the role of a young Martian girl.

September 18 , 1977

Married to Meshulam Riklis

The American actress married with Israeli businessman Meshulam Riklis at the age of 23 when her husband was 54.


Made a Music Career Debut

In 1978, she released a single Come Share My Love and officially started her music career and released several singles and albums.

August 27 , 1995

Married to Jonathan Kaufer

In 1995, Zadora married an American writer and director Jonathan Kaufer and had a son Jordan Maxell who was born on April 13, 1997.

January 7 , 2006

Married to Michael Jeffries

The American actress married her third husband Michael Jeffries, a detective from Las Vegas on  January 7, 2007.


Pia Alfreda Schipani, also known as Pia Zadora, is an American singer and actress. She gained limelight when she starred in the movie Butterfly, which won her a Golden Globe Award in the New Star of the Year as well as Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star of the decade for the same movie.

Early Life and Education

The American actress was born on May 4, 1953, in Hoboken, New Jersey, United States. She was born to an Italian-American violinist Alphonse Schipani and Polish-American wardrobe supervisor at New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera Saturnina Schipani.

Zadora belongs to American nationality and is white by ethnicity. Her birth sign is Taurus.

Pia CAPTION: Pia Zadora SOURCE: NewYorkpost

During her childhood, she got a chance to play in Midgie Purvis alongside Tallulah Bankhead, an American stage and screen actress. She used her mother’s maiden name as her stage name.

In 1964, Pia played Bielke in the Broadway production theatre show Fiddler on the Roof for two years.

Acting Career

The American actress made her on-screen debut from the movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians as a young Martian girl in 1964. Moreover, she sang a song titled Hooray for Santy Claus for the movie.

She starred in the movie Butterfly alongside Stacy Keach, an American actor, and Orson Welles, an American writer, actor, and director, in 1982. The movie featured her song It’s Wrong for Me to Love You.

The American actress has also played in the various movies such as Fake-Out (1982), The Lonely Lady (1983), Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984), Hairspray (1988), Troop Beverly Hills (1989) and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994).

In addition, she appeared in various stage shows like The Garden of Sweets (1961), A Gift of Time (1962), Applause (1972), Promises, Promises (1973) and many more.

Furthermore, Zadora made her TV debut in the series Pajama Tops as Babette Latouche in 1983 and appeared in three other TV shows.

Music Career

In 1978, Pia released her first singles Come Share My Love and stepped in the music industry. Likewise, she released a series of singles until she released her debut album under her name “Pia” in 1982.

Furthermore, she was nominated for her song Rock It Out in Best Rock Vocal Performance Female in 1984.

Zadora released a total of nine albums which are 1984: Let’s Dance Tonight (1984), Pia & Phil (1984), I Am What I Am (1986), When The Light Go Out (1988), Pia Z (1989), Pia Today! (1989), Only for Romantics (1993) and The Platinum Collection (1993).

Personal Life: Relationships

Until now, the American actress has married three times. Her first marriage was with Israeli entrepreneur Meshulam Riklis on September 18, 1977. The couple had the age difference of 31 years; Zadora was 23 and Riklis was 54.

The couple welcomed their first child Kady on January 1, 1985, and their second child Kristofer Barzie was born on March 3, 1987. Their relationship broke apart after 18 years on March 29, 1995. Riklis died at the age of 95 on January 25, 2019.

Similarly, the American actress married Jonathan Kaufer, writer and director on August 27, 1995. They had a son Jordan Maxell on April 13, 1997. They were in a relationship for five years until the pair parted their ways.

Later, she married her third husband Michael Jeffries, a Las Vegas detective, on January 7, 2006.

In 2013, Zadora was accused of resorting to violence to her son Jordan and was incarcerated. She had to undergo probation period and impulse control counseling as well as alcohol consumption evaluation.

Net Worth

As of June 2019, she has accumulated an estimated net worth of $25 million. Working in the acting career for more than 30 years, she has earned enough to live a happy life.

In addition, she also earns a good sum from her music career. She has released nine album and numerous singles. Zadora also performs in different programs and earns through various sources.

Age, Body Measurement and Statistics

Age: As of 2019, the age of the American actress is 66-year-old.

Height: She has an average height of 5 feet.

Weight: Her weight is distinctly unknown.

Eye Color: Zadora has beautiful brown eyes.

Hair Color: Similarly, she has blonde hair.

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