Pia Zadora ‘coming out of a huge fog, a nightmare’

Pia Zadora drove her car for the first time on Sunday in her walking boot.

She’s restless and ready, in her words, “to get the show on the road.”

A golf cart accident on Sept. 11 left her with head injuries, a fractured jaw and an ankle shattered in three places.

“I was thrown 10 feet in the air and landed on asphalt,” she said. “My life flashed before my eyes. The worst part was, I had to watch all my old bad movies.”

A month earlier, she had made a triumphant homecoming in New York, unveiling her one-woman show, “Pia Reloaded,” in the Metropolitan Room, the acclaimed jazz cabaret.

The hoped-for next step was to perform in Los Angeles, Miami and London. But her plans came to an abrupt stop when she was ejected from the golf cart near her Summerlin home. Her autistic son, 17-year-old Jordan Kaufer, was driving.

After a two-month recovery, she returned to her weekend gig at “Pia’s Place,” the lounge at Piero’s Italian Cuisine.

“I feel like I’m coming out of a huge fog, a nightmare,” she said by phone.

She and producer/director Jeff Kutash are looking to launch Zadora’s latest comeback in late February or early March, with musical director Vince Falcone.

“Pia Reloaded” will be a musical journey of her life, from Broadway to her marriages, rock career and the accident.

“Pia Reloaded,” she said, “means I’m ready to fire on all cylinders.”

On Tuesday, she will join rising star Chadwick Johnson at the Suncoast for a duet. They will team up on “But Beautiful,” a 1947 song that is on the collaborative album “Cheek to Cheek” by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.

And Zadora will be doing a New Year’s Eve show on Wednesday at “Pia’s Place.”

“In a couple of months, she’ll be back where she left off,” Kutash said.


The early response to the release of six tracks of Madonna’s new album “Rebel Heart” is raising eyebrows.

According to showbiz411.com, all six songs initially made it into iTunes top 10 and looked like a big success.

But a few days later, five of the six dropped off iTunes. The lone song, “Bitch I’m Madonna,” which features Nicki Minaj, ranks 188th. The album ranks 38th for pre-orders.

The news is worse on amazon.com. “Living for Love,” projected to be the lead single, ranks 529th among digital singles, the website reported.

And the album is sitting at 167.


Britney Spears, celebrating her one-year anniversary of her “Piece of Me” show at Planet Hollywood Resort with a red velvet cake, her favorite, before her show Saturday. She was joined by her dancers and band members. … Lisa Vanderpump, who stars in the reality show “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules,” with her family at Bazaar Meat (SLS) on Saturday. Later, they moved the party to The Sayers Club. … Irish Gaelic football star Bernard Brogan, with friends at Crush (MGM Grand) on Saturday. … Comedy legend Shecky Greene, holding court at the Bagel Café on Saturday with pals Marty Allen, Lou Toomin and Nelson Sardelli. “Then, for old-time sake, we drove into the fountain at Caesars Palace,” said Sardelli via email. He was referring, of course, to the time when a snockered Greene raced his car down the Strip, lost control and ended up in the fountain. … Luxor headliner Carrot Top, dining with friends at La Cave (Wynn) on Saturday.


“Graceland is going to auction off Elvis Presley’s first-ever recordings from 1953 — or as people now coming to America from Cuba put it, ‘Whoa! What’s that hot new sound?’ ” — Jimmy Fallon

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