One more clip of Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex (s1e9)

MoS is another example of a good show that ran too long, and eventually jumped the shark. They simply exhausted the details of the real Masters and Johnson, and started to become a generic show about the era.

I hope American Gods doesn’t do something like that. The source book, which is full of weird fun, and twists its way to a nice neat resolution, will still be fueling season two. I hope they don’t try to continue the story after the book’s tale has reached its climax and finale.

(Let’s face it: if people are watching, they will keep going. Money rules, art drools.)

You older guys may remember her as the older daughter on Make Room For Daddy (1953-65), a staple of the boomers’ youth.

Shaking her wholesome image, she took off her top in a movie called Gunn in 1967, a movie based on the Peter Gunn TV show. I think this pic is a still taken on the set rather than an actual screen grab, but I’m not sure because I have never seen her scene in motion.

UPDATE from the comments section:

“Several years ago I bought from ebay the 1967 Bunny mag from which this & several other topless shots originated. They were from the Euro version of the film and they put it into a feature pictorial of Sherry, who was hot at the time from appearances on such shows as Star Trek & Batman. Also, floating around the corners of the web is an interview with her in which she talks about the nude shots. Can’t recall for sure now, but I think she said something about doing the scene with nipple covers first, then without them for the Euro version. I didn’t get the impression she was too thrilled with the Bunny mag’s putting the stills out there for public consumption. She sounded annoyed discussing the topic.”

Two words: Pia Zadora! The Lonely Lady is now available in 1080hd!

UPDATED with info from the comments section.

The early 80’s were the era of Zadoramania! For a couple of years there, she was Johnny Carson’s favorite punchline.

Pia was chosen as the “worst actress of the eighties” by the Razzie voters, and that was an amazing accomplishment because she did not achieve that dishonor through a spate of consistently awful performances throughout the decade, nor did she achieve it with an eleventh hour 1989 stinker that was still fresh in the voters’ memories. She did it all with two performances from early in the decade: her jailbait/incest performance in Butterfly, and her incredible “I fucked my way to the top” speech in The Lonely Lady. She basically disappeared from view after The Lonely lady, but that speech, this performance, and this movie were all so bad that even her seven years in hiding were not sufficient time for the Razzie voters to forget her by the end of the decade.

The Lonely Lady was nominated for eleven Razzies in 1983. That represented 110% of the highest possible number, because they only had ten categories. It won six Razzies, a record at the time, including all the important ones: worst film, worst director, and worst screenplay. Two decades later it was still regarded highly (lowly) enough to be entered into the elite group nominated as the Razzie’s “worst drama of our first 25 years.” Battlefield Earth was the winner, and the other nominees were Mommie Dearest, Showgirls, and Swept Away. Impressive company, indeed.

Pia couldn’t act, but she was a pretty good singer, and had a decent musical career in the 90s and beyond. She is now 65 years old and living her life outside of showbiz. It has occasionally been a turbulent life. Wikipedia tells the story.

From the comment section:

“This isn’t exactly how I recall the phenomenon of Zadoramania. I’d say it wasn’t because of her speech, her performance, or her two terrible movies that Pia Z became a national laughingstock overnight. It was all due to her winning the 1982 Golden Globe award for “Newcomer of the Year in a Motion Picture”. Even though her no movie starring her had not even been released yet. (Yes, she’d appeared 18 years earlier as a 9-year-old in a Santa Clause film, but nothing after that). The only thing she had done that had attracted any notice at the time of the 1982 Golden Globe Awards had been appearing in Playboy (without revealing much) a few months before. And yet there she was on national television beating out Elizabeth McGovern (for Ragtime), Rachel Ward (Sharkey’s Machine), Howard Rollins (the star of Ragtime), and most incredibly Kathleen Turner’s in her iconic and career-defining performance in Body Heat! Beating them, as I say, for a performance in a movie that had had no commercial release yet but had only been screened in Vegas by her casino-owning producer/husband. Now this was a story. One that garnered national attention, some outrage, and became a mini-scandal. What I am saying is that this scandal gave far more attention to Pia Zadora than either of her film appearances, no matter how bad those films and her performances admittedly are.

So great was the stink of this award that the Wikipedia list of Golden Globe winners now simply says for 1982, that there was “no award”. Pia has been erased from history!”

Scoop’s response:

Yes, that is completely correct, except for the erasure from history. I’ve told the same back story elsewhere. My point this time was that people had not forgotten their outrage and general contempt eight years later, even after she had melted into the oblivion she deserved.

The thing about her being expunged from history is just Wikipedia’s usual dipshittery. Obviously some contributor disapproved of her, and the editors responsible for that page were too lazy to fact-check. The HFPA still lists her as their 1982 winner.

As for the movie, my (far too) detailed comments appear after the jump. (If interested, click on “continue reading.”)

 

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