Pia Zadora PhotoPia Schipani was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1954. She would take part of her grandmother's last name, Zadorowski, for stage work. Pia's first film work was in 1964 in Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. After a 17 year gap, Zadora was awarded a Golden Globe award as Best New Star Of The Year for her work in Butterfly. Her musical ambitions showed by providing a song on the Butterfly soundtrack. She would follow that with the movie Fake Out. With success in film, she recorded her debut album Pia in 1982. A tune from it "The Clapping Song" hits #36 on the Billboard charts in early '83.

She would go back to film The Lonely Lady (based on the Harold Robbins novel) later that year. Bad reviews came as quickly as Butterfly's rave reviews even after appearing in a pictorial that October for Playboy. With her film career on a slide she returned to music with 1984's When The Rain Begins To Fall. She would act in and also perform 3 tracks on the soundtrack to Voyage Of The Rock Aliens. The soundtrack to the cult classic Better Off Dead also found Zadora singing the title tune. With the release of Pia & Phil in 1985 (an album of standards recorded with the London Philharmonic) she silenced a lot of critics and got a fresh start.

Zadora would return to film in 1988 for the John Waters film Hairspray. By 1989, she also popped up in the movie Troop Berverly Hills and had gone on to record several other albums all without the sales success of her debut. Zadora would again show up on films with Naked Gun 33 1/3 and appeared as Little Miss Muffet in Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme. Most of her career at that point was focussed towards her singing. It is generally agreed that Pia is better at singing than she is at acting. ~ Michael Sutton, All Music Guide