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Singer Pia Zadora: I’m ready to fire on all cylinders again with ‘Pia Reloaded’

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Actress and singer Pia Zadora and her husband, Michael Jeffries, on the red carpet after attending a performance of “Pawn Shop Live!” on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at the Golden Nugget.

Pia Zadora in ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

Singer/actress Pia Zadora performs during a guest performance in Launch slideshow »

Pia Zadora

Pia Zadora in her home, July 19, 2012. Launch slideshow »

As Robin Leach arrives for his annual summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy — he also is visiting Lake Como and Lake Maggiore this year — many of our Strip personalities have again stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with singer Pia Zadora, who now calls Las Vegas home.

What is wrong with this picture — Robin is on vacation, and I’m doing his work?! But for him, anything!

When I asked Robin what I could write about while he was away, he said, “Anything you want; it’s your column for the day.” So let me fill you in on two big events in my life.

I’m taking the show I do every Friday and Saturday night at Piero’s, giving it a New York City flair and bringing it to the Metropolitan Room in New York in August.

The great Jeff Kutash is working with me, and together we’re picking the soundtrack of my life, the songs that define who I am, and putting together my show. And when I say I’m picking the songs that define who I am, I don’t mean “I Fought the Law (And the Law Won)” or “Short People.”

The title of the show is “Pia Reloaded.” It’s the perfect title because it defines where I am in my life — ready to fire on all cylinders again.

In addition to being in New York in August, I also was recently there during the Tonys. No, I wasn’t nominated. Some silly rule about having to be in a Broadway play. But I was at a great event celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

I know it’s difficult to believe that I was in it 50 years ago, especially since my official bio says I’m only 43. It was in honor of lyricist Sheldon Harnick’s 90th birthday, and everyone from Hal Prince to Harvey Fierstein was there. It brought back some great memories of the two years I was in “Fiddler” and of the cast members who truly became a family to me.

But no matter how many times I’m in New York and getting to do fun things there, Las Vegas is home. I love being here with my husband Michael and my son Jordan. I love being at Piero’s, and I love being part of what is a small, close-knit entertainment community.

You just don’t have that feeling anywhere else. L.A. is too spread out, and New York is just too big. Here in Las Vegas, everyone is so supportive of one another. We’re always going to one another’s shows, seeing everyone at civic events and giving of our time to causes that matter to us.

Everyone has a cause they are passionate about — mine are Planned Parenthood and Easter Seals. I’m always willing, ready and able to lend a hand when they call.

Of course life in Las Vegas isn’t all work; it is the most fun city in the world. Which to me means spending time at my favorite places: Eating dinner at Salvatore’s at Suncoast, relaxing at Mingo’s and shopping at Neiman Marcus and Saks.

So please, if you see me, come up and say hi, whether you’re in the audience at Piero’s, at the Metropolitan Club in New York or next to me in line buying something at Fashion Show.

Check out our other guest columns today from World Food Championships host and Food Network star chef Ben Vaughn, plus, go behind-the-scenes of Kerry Simon’s new downtown restaurant Carson Kitchen with Cory Harwell. On Thursday, three stars of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas wax wisely in their guest columns.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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