Pia Zadora Net Worth

Pia Zadora Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Pia Alfreda Schipani net worth is
$25 Million

Pia Alfreda Schipani Wiki Biography

Pia Alfreda Schipani was born on 4 May 1953, in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, of Polish (mother) and Italian (father) descent. As Pia Zadora she is a singer and actress probably best known for various albums and songs she has released throughout her career. Prior to becoming successful in the music industry, she had been in films that were mostly unsuccessful, however, all her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is now.

How rich is Pia Zadora? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $25 million, mostly earned through her success in the music industry. Aside from her music career, she earned some of her wealth from acting in films and the theatre. She’s won numerous awards for her music, and within the last decade, sold a mansion for more than $17 million. All of these have ensured her current wealth.

Pia Zadora Net Worth $25 Million

When Pia started her acting career she adopted a part of her mother’s maiden name, Zadorowski, as her stage name. One of her first appearances was in 1964 on stage in a Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof”. Her film debut also came in 1964’s “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”, basically a flop, and so after this film, she didn’t have much work until the 1970s, when she started appearing in commercials. In 1982, she became a part of “Butterfly”, with Orson Welles and Stacy Keach, winning a controversial Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year. Despite her award, critics reviewed her performance negatively and she was even awarded the Worst Actress of the Year in the 1982 Golden Raspberry Awards. Zadora then appeared in the film “Fake-Out”, which was also called “Nevada Heat”, starring Desi Arnaz Jr. In 1983, she became a part of “The Lonely Lady” which was rewarded with another Worst Actress of the Year award. The Golden Raspberry Awards even went so far as to award her the Worst New Star of the Decade. After “Voyage of the Rock Aliens”, she started to show musical prowess in “Let’s Dance Tonight” and “Hairspray”.

After so much negativity in terms of her acting career, she started singing and gained a large following in Europe. In 1985, she received a Grammy nomination for her song “Rock It Out” but lost to Tina Turner. “The Clapping Song” which was recorded for the film “The Lonely Lady” reached the US Top 40 charts, and her song in “Voyage of the Rock Aliens” also became number one in various countries of Europe. She then started to work on standards, as she was reportedly encouraged by Frank Sinatra to do so. She released the album “When the Lights Go Out” in 1988 and the following year released “Pia Z”. Though neither album hit the charts, she continued to make music and take minor appearances in films. In 2011, she started a cabaret show entitled “Pia Zadora: Back Again, And Standing Tall” which she performed in various locations. One of her recent appearances was in the television show “Celebrity Ghost Stories”.

For her personal life, it is known that she married Meshulam Riklis during 1977 with a significant age gap of 31 years. As a couple they had two children, and bought a mansion in Beverly Hills from Jerry Buss, then building a 25,000 square foot mansion in the lot replacing some of the structure. After their divorce in 1993, Zadora would sell the mansion thirteen years later. She then married Jonathan Kaufer in 1995 and they had a son, but the marriage ended in 2001. In 2005, she married Michael Jeffries and they currently reside in Summerlin, Nevada.

Full NamePia Zadora
Net Worth$25 Million
Date Of BirthMay 4, 1954
Place Of BirthHoboken, New Jersey, United States
Height5' (1.52 m)
ProfessionActress, Singer
SpouseMichael Jeffries (m. 2005), Jonathan Kaufer (m. 1995–2001), Meshulam Riklis (m. 1977–1993)
ChildrenKady Zadora, Jordan Maxwell Kaufer, Kristofer Barzie Riklis
ParentsAlphonse Schipani, Saturnina Zadorowski
AwardsGolden Globe Award as New Star of the Year, Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
Albums"When the Lights Go Out" (1988), "Pia Z" (1989), "Here Comes Pia, Pia", "Let's Dance Tonight", "Only for Romantics" (2012), "The Platinum Collection" (1993)
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (1985)
Movies"Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" (1964), "Butterfly" (1982), "Rock It Out" (1982) , "Voyage of the Rock Aliens" (1984), "Hairspray" (1988), "Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme" (1990), " Naked Gun 331⁄3: The Final Insult" (1994)
1They [Hollywood industry] may resent somebody infringing on their territory which is a natural thing. You don't come out of nowhere and win a Golden Globe! If I were a struggling little actress who won, they'd say, 'Oh come on, sweetheart. You won! Great!' and I'd be part of their clique. But no. They don't have that power over me; I'm not at their mercy. That may be what they resent. - on her Golden Globe win
2"They never told me about winning all those Razzie Awards -- Maybe because they were afraid that, after reading all the reviews, I might kill myself!" (Quoted from "The E! True Hollywood Story: Pia Zadora")
3I don't know, people say I'm a sex symbol, but I think I'm an actress.
1Former stepmother of: Ira D.Riklis, Mona Ackerman and Marcia Riklis.
2Suffered head injuries and a broken ankle after falling from a golf cart being driven by her son. [September 11, 2014].
3Stepson Michael Jeffries Jr. was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a friend during an argument a party in October 2011. Jeffries faces 20 years to life in prison. [March 26, 2015].
4Las Vegas, NV, USA: Opening at the Smith Center, July 27-28. [July 2012]
5Born on a Tuesday.
6Arrested on charges she scratched and choked her autistic son after he refused to go to bed, which resulted in a SWAT standoff after he called police. The case against her was dismissed after she completed alcohol and impulse control counseling. Her husband, who was home at the time, was fired from his job as a deputy sheriff four months later for refusing to cooperate with police during the incident. He filed a lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie a year later claiming his constitutional rights had been violated. [June 1, 2013].
7Lives in Las Vegas with her third husband, a Las Vegas detective. She met her current husband after reporting a stalking incident to the Las Vegas Police.
8She is of Italian origin by her father side (Calabria) and Polish by her mother side.
9In 1961, the six-year-old was selected by noted screen and stage actor Burgess Meredith to appear in the Broadway production of "Midgie Purvis" starring the one and only Tallulah Bankhead.
10Attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art while a child as a means of overcoming shyness.
11Father, Alphonse Schipani, played violin in Broadway pit orchestras, and mother, Saturnina Zadorowski, was a theater wardrobe supervisor.
12For "Rock It Out" she received a Grammy nomination in 1984 for "Best Single By A Female Rock Star.".
13After remarrying in 1995, she appeared on Broadway in "Crazy For You" to favorable reviews, but during this production, she suffered a miscarriage, retired from show business, divorced her second husband and began living with her first husband and father to her children on the grounds of the former Pickfair Estate in Beverly Hills.
14In 1990 she toured as an opening act for Frank Sinatra.
15She made her first records in the 1960s, which included "Bye Bye Boy", for which she was billed as "Little Pia".
16At the time when Zadora became the "ad girl" for the French wine-based aperitif, her first husband was a major shareholder of the American distributor for Dubonnet.
17It was during a 1972 bus-and-truck production of "Applause" starring Alexis Smith that was touring in Ohio that Zadora met Meshulam "Rik" Riklis, a 49-year old corporate businessman. She was 17. Four years later they married.
18Played youngest daughter Bielke for two years in "Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway (1964-1966).
19Considered for the role of Evita Peron in Evita (1996).
20Ex-sister-in-law of Scott Kaufer.
21In 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.
22Appeared in a Penthouse spread in 1983. The picture for her 1984 "Rock It Out" single was taken from this shoot.
23Became the first thespian to "win" back-to-back RAZZIE Awards when she was named Worst Actress of 1982 for Butterfly (1982) and Worst Actress of 1983 for The Lonely Lady (1983) - thus making her the RAZZIE equivalent of Luise Rainer.
24Children: Jordan Maxwell (13 April 1997) with Jonathan Kaufer; Kady Zadora (1 January 1985) and Kristopher Barzie (1987) with Meshulam Riklis.
25After she won the 1982 Golden Globe for New Star of the Year, Female - despite having made her film acting debut 17 years earlier - rumors swirled that then-husband Meshulam Riklis "bought" her the award. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association retired the category in 1983.
26She had a relatively successful singing career. She made pop and traditional vocal albums in the 80s. Her biggest hit in the U.S. was 1983's "The Clapping Song". She earned a Grammy nomination in 1984 with "Rock It Out" (for Female Rock performance) and also scored a worldwide hit with "When the Rain Begins to Fall", a duet with Jermaine Jackson. It was not a hit in the U.S., however. Among her albums: Pia (1982) and Let's Dance Tonight (1984), Pia & Phil (1985), I Am What I Am (1986), Reflections/Today (1988) and When the Lights Go Out (1988) and Pia Z (1989). She also had songs on the soundtracks to her films Butterfly (1982), Fake-Out (1982) and Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984). She went on to perform in Las Vegas, opening for such pop standard veterans as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and others.
27Her son's godfather is Don King.
28Bought the Pickfair mansion in January 1988, only to have it demolished. The outside gate with the letter P is all that remains of the original home.


Frasier1999TV SeriesJill
Favorite Deadly Sins1995TV MoviePia Zadora
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult1994Pia Zadora
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme1990TV MovieLittle Miss Muffet
Troop Beverly Hills1989Pia Zadora
Heartbeat of Love1989Video shortGirl
Hairspray1988Beatnik Chick
When the Rain Begins to Fall1986Video short
Feel the Motion1985Pia Zadora
Voyage of the Rock Aliens1984Dee Dee
The Lonely Lady1983Jerilee Randall
Pajama Tops1983TV MovieBabette Latouche
Fake-Out1982Bobbie Warren
Butterfly1982Kady Tyler
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians1964Girmar


Beavis and Butt-Head1994TV Series performer - 1 episode
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult1994performer: "This Could Be the Start of Something"
The Ice Capades 50th Anniversary Special1990TV Movie performer: "Party of a Lifetime", "You Are So Beautiful"
Hairspray1988performer: "Day-O"
Tommys Hollywood Report1988TV Movie performer: "Dance Out of My Head"
Feel the Motion1985performer: "Little Bit Of Heaven"
Voyage of the Rock Aliens1984performer: "When The Rain Begins To Fall", "Real Love", "You Bring Out the Lover in Me", "Little Bit Of Heaven", "Let's Dance Tonight"
Solid Gold1983TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Lonely Lady1983performer: "The Clapping Song"
Fake-Out1982performer: "Those Eyes"
Butterfly1982performer: "It's Wrong For Me To Love You"
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians1964performer: "Hooray for Santa Claus"


Celebrity Wife Swap2015TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Butterfly: The Steamy Saga of a Cult Classic2008Video shortHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995TV SeriesHerself - Guest
I Am Legend1994Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Women1993TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Annual Daily Variety Honors. A Salutes to Army Archerd1993TV MovieHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean1990TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
The Ice Capades 50th Anniversary Special1990TV MovieHerself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon1990TV SeriesHerself
Larry King Live1990TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The New Hollywood Squares1987-1988TV SeriesHerself
The18th Annual Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
Solid Gold1983-1988TV SeriesHerself
Tommys Hollywood Report1988TV MovieHerself
Las Vegas: An All-Star 75th Anniversary1987TV SpecialHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1987TV MovieHerself
Champs-Elysées1987TV SeriesHerself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1986TV SeriesHerself
Bitte umblättern1985TV Series documentaryHerself
Känguru1985TV SeriesHerself
Àngel Casas Show1985TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Formel Eins1985TV Series documentaryHerself
The 26th Annual Grammy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself
Circus of the Stars #81983TV Special documentaryHerself
When the Rain Begins to Fall1983TV Movie documentaryPia
L'académie des 91982TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1982TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself
The Hollywood Squares1979-1980TV SeriesHerself
Dinah!1979-1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Mike Douglas Show1978-1980TV SeriesHerself - Vocalist / Actress / Herself - Guest / ...

Archive Footage

The Golden Globes: Hollywood's Dirty Little Secret2003TV Movie documentaryHerself

Won Awards

1990Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst New Star of the DecadeFor The Lonely Lady
1984Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActressThe Lonely Lady (1983)
1983Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActressButterfly (1982)
1983Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst New StarButterfly (1982)
1982Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USANew Star of the Year in a Motion PictureButterfly (1982)
1982Sour AppleGolden Apple Awards
1982ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAYoung Star of the Year

Nominated Awards

2000Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Actress of the Century

For Voyage of the Rock Aliens

1990Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Actress of the DecadeFor The Lonely Lady

Known for movies

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