Where Are They Now - Friday, April 21, 2017
For whatever reason the name Pia Zadora popped in my head the other day. I'm not sure why, but he's today's spotlight for Where Are They Now!
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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--
See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":
Theresa Saldana: She played Lenore LaMotta in the movie "Raging Bull" and the wife of the Commish in the TV series "The Commish"
Kent McCord: Played Officer Jim Reed in the TV series "Adam-12"
Richard Widmark: Played psychotic killer Tommy Udo in the movie "Kiss of Death", also appeared in "Judgment at Nuremburg", "The Bedford Incident", "Madigan", "The Long Ships" and many other movies
(Answer at the bottom)
Learn More About Pia Zadora on Celebrity Nooz
Pia Alfreda Schipani
May 4, 1954 in Hoboken, New Jersey
Claim To Fame:
An American actress and singer who starred in 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians', 'Butterfly', and 'The Lonely Lady'.
Kaufer, Jonathan (August 1995 - November 2001) (divorced) 1 child
Riklis, Meshulam (September 1977 - March 1995) (divorced) 2 children
Children: Jordan Maxwell (1997) with 'Jonathan Kaufer'; Kady (1985) and Christopher Barzie (1987) with 'Meshulam Riklis'.
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.
Her son's godfather is Don King
Zadora is her mother's maiden name.
Won the now defunct best new star of the year Golden Globe despite the fact that she actually made her acting debut eighteen years earlier.
Became the first thespian to "win" back-to-back RAZZIE Awards when she was named Worst Actress of 1982 for 'Butterfly' and Worst Actress of 1983 for 'The Lonely Lady'.
Appeared in a Penthouse spread in 1983. The picture for her 1984 "Rock It Out" single was taken from this shoot.
In 1984, her song "Rock It Out" earned a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Among her fellow nominees: 'Lita Ford', 'Bonnie Tyler', 'Wendy O. Williams' and eventual winner 'Tina Turner'.
Considered for the role of Evita Peron in Evita which instead went to Madonna.
It was during a 1972 bus-and-truck production of "Applause" that was touring in Ohio that she met Meshulam "Rik" Riklis, a 49-year old corporate businessman. She was 17. Four years later they married.
She made her first records in the 1960s, which included "Bye Bye Boy", for which she was billed as "Little Pia".
In 1990 she toured as an opening act for 'Frank Sinatra'.
Attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art while a child as a means of overcoming shyness.
Where Is She Now:
She is now retired from show business.
Write To Pia Zadora:
1143 Summit Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
1999 Frasier (TV Series)...Jill
- Dr. Nora (1999)
1995 Favorite Deadly Sins (TV Movie)...Pia Zadora
1994 Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult...Pia Zadora
1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV Movie)...Little Miss Muffet
1989 Troop Beverly Hills...Pia Zadora
1989 Heartbeat of Love (Video short)...Girl
1988 Hairspray...Beatnik Chick
1986 When the Rain Begins to Fall (Video short)
1985 Feel the Motion...Pia Zadora
1984 Voyage of the Rock Aliens...Dee Dee
1983 The Lonely Lady...Jerilee Randall
1983 Pajama Tops (TV Movie)...Babette Latouche
1982 Fake-Out...Bobbie Warren
1982 Butterfly...Kady Tyler
1964 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians...Girmar
To see Then & Now pictures of Pia Zadora, visit: Celebrity Nooz
--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--
Theresa Saldana - DEAD
Born: 08/20/1954 Died: 06/06/2016
Kent McCord - ALIVE
Richard Widmark - DEAD
Born: 12/26/1914 Died: 03/24/2008
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Aaron Hernandez, 27, American football player (New England Patriots) and convicted murderer, suicide by hanging.
Carl Manner (de), 87, Austrian entrepreneur (Manner confectionery).
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David Ball, 90, American Episcopal prelate, Bishop of Albany (1984-1998).
Augustin Bubník, 88, Czech ice hockey player, coach and politician, MP (1998-2002).
Barkley L. Hendricks, 72, American painter.
Dorrance Hill Hamilton, 88, American philanthropist, heiress of Campbell Soup Company.
Jean Miot, 77, French journalist.
Ron Moeser, 74, Canadian politician, lymphoma.
David H. Rodgers, 93, American politician, Mayor of Spokane, Washington (1967-1978).
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Willy Cruz (nl), 70, Filipino songwriter and music producer, stroke.
Guy Ébrard, 90, French politician.
Jim Fitzgerald, 66, American journalist (Associated Press), leukemia.
Vimala Gowda, 63, Indian politician, member of Karnataka Legislative Council (2011-2014).
Dawson Mathis, 76, American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia's 2nd district (1971-1981).
Devineni Nehru, 65, Indian politician, member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly (1983-1999, 2004-2009), heart attack.
Michael Perham, 69, British Anglican prelate, Bishop of Gloucester (2004-2014).
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Sean Scanlan, 68, Scottish actor.
Trish Vradenburg, 70, American screenwriter (Designing Women, Kate & Allie, Family Ties).
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Othman Wok, 92, Singaporean politician, Minister for Social Affairs (1963-1977).
Michael Bogdanov, 78, British theatre director, heart attack.
Gianni Boncompagni, 84, Italian television and radio presenter.
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Satrio Budihardjo Joedono, 84, Indonesian economist, Chairman of the Audit Board (1998-2004).
Spartaco Landini, 73, Italian footballer.
Tom Teepen, 82, American newspaper editor (Dayton Daily News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and columnist.
David Brumbaugh, 56, American politician, member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives (since 2011).
Johnny Carlyle, 87, Scottish ice hockey player.
Amílcar Henríquez, 33, Panamanian footballer (Árabe Unido, national team), shot.
Allan Holdsworth, 70, British guitarist and composer (Bruford, U.K., Soft Machine), heart attack.
Clifton James, 96, American actor (Live and Let Die, Cool Hand Luke, Eight Men Out), complications from diabetes.
Aref Lorestani, 45, Iranian actor, heart attack.
Emma Morano, 117, Italian supercentenarian, verified world's oldest living person, last-known surviving person born in the 1800s.
Sylvia Moy, 78, American songwriter ("Uptight (Everything's Alright)", "I Was Made to Love Her", "My Cherie Amour") and record producer.
Yang Jie, 88, Chinese film director.
Alfonso Yuchengco, 94, Filipino industrialist and diplomat.