She was the child star of Midgie Purvis, a 1961 Broadway comedy starring Tallulah Bankhead, and also appeared in 1964’s immortal work of cinema Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. Later, she became the grownup vamp, married to the rich guy who freely bought gifts for press people. (I was sent a 10-speed bike, among a bevy of other items. I still use my Pia keychain!)
She starred in trashy classics like Butterfly and The Lonely Lady. (The latter has the immortal garden hose scene, the typewriter-letter-swirling montage, and of course the incredible acceptance speech–“I don’t suppose I’m the only one who’s ever had to fuck her way to the top!” Hardly.)
But Pia Zadora kept going, doing serious albums of standards, performing in Funny Girl, and showing enough spunk to make her the new Mitzi Gaynor.
And I like spunk.
Pia’s not a punchline anymore and anyone who says she is just might get punched out.
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And if you need another sort of date, please ask me!!!! I’ll be using my Pia keychain. I always do!