At no point was the reputation of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association lowlier than the time a certain rich Hollywood husband (Meshulam Riklis) greased the wheels of the organization’s membership to maximize the chances of his young actress wife (Pia Zadora) winning a Golden Globe. (She did.)
Per a a recent item by Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke, lo these many years later, Zadora has moved to Vegas, married a cop and found a hankering for old standards. At a weekend Sin City charity event, the 58-year-old Hoboken, NJ native talked to Clarke about her upcoming July 27-28 Vegas performance at The Smith Center:
Zadora has put together a cabaret show featuring the standards that Frank Sinatra suggested for her when they worked at the Riviera. A year in the making, her show caught the eye of Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center, while she was performing in San Francisco’s Hotel Nikko Rrazz Room.
Zadora was once a Strip headliner, and for this brief return stint, she will be accompanied by the orchestra of former Sinatra pianist and musical conductor Vinnie Falcone. Song selections will include “Young at Heart,” “The Man That Got Away” and “The Lady is a Tramp.” Break a leg, Pia!
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Pia Zadora Set to Make Gaudy, Green Return
Photo courtesy The Smith Center for the Performing Arts