The PFS proudly salutes one of the most gloriously flawed actresses of all time, PIA ZADORA, on the occasion of her 61st birthday.
We’ll gleefully show her universally panned 1983 flop THE LONELY LADY, which was such an embarrassing commercial and critical disaster that, to date, it has never been released on DVD anywhere in the world—reportedly because everyone connected with the making of the film would rather it remain forgotten!
Based on the trashy HAROLD ROBBINS novel of the same title (widely believed to be “about” fellow bestselling novelist JACQUELINE SUSANN), this film stars Zadora as an innocent California schoolgirl who falls prey to sadistic Hollywood types while attempting to break into the movie business as a screenwriter.
More than a decade before the stupendously embarrassing SHOWGIRLS, this film set the standard for sleazy, jaw-dropping celluloid junk food.
Known for its ludicrous dialog, inept direction and painfully wooden acting, THE LONELY LADY was actually nominated for a whopping 11 Golden Raspberry Awards (a tongue-in-cheek parody of the Oscars which celebrates outstandingly terrible movies)!
It wound up winning six Razzies, including: Worst Actress, Worst Director, Worst Musical Score, Worst Original Song, Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay.
It was also nominated for Worst Picture of the Decade.
As if those indignities weren’t enough, Zadora herself won Worst New Star of the Decade for her work in this film, and was actually nominated for Worst Actress of the Century!
Due to adult subject matter, this film is recommended for those 16 and older.
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