Available on DVD for the first time today, the notorious camp classic "bad movie we love" Butterflywas supposed to make Pia Zadora a star. Instead, it turned the Golden Globes into a Hollywood laughing stock.
Financed by her sugar daddy husband (32-years her senior) and based on a novel by James M. Cain, Butterfly casts Zadora (in her first film since Santa Claus Conquers the Martians) as a white trash nymphet who seduces her own father (poor, poor Stacy Keach). The over-the-top, soapy melodrama also stars Orson Welles, Lois Nettleton, James Franciscus and Ed McMahon in a rare (this is why) dramatic turn.
Despite Pia's infamous Golden Globe for Best New Star (over Body Heat's Kathleen Turner, among others; after the following year -- when Sandahl Bergman got it -- the award would never be handed out again), Butterfly went on to "win" three Razzie Awards, including Worst Actress and Worst New Star for Ms. Zadora. Her next big movie, The Lonely Lady (sadly, not on DVD ... yet), would sweep the Razzies the following year.
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