Moon Zappa, 1988
|Born||Moon Unit Zappa
September 28, 1967
New York City, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Paul Doucette (m. 2002–12)|
|Children||Mathilda Plum Doucette (b. 2004)|
|Relatives||Dweezil Zappa (brother)
Ahmet Zappa (brother)
Diva Zappa (sister)
Moon Unit Zappa (born September 28, 1967) is an American actress and author.
Zappa was born in New York City, the eldest child of Gail Zappa and musician Frank Zappa. She has three younger siblings, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Diva Muffin. Zappa's father was of Sicilian, Greek-Arab, and French ancestry, and her mother is of French, Irish, and mostly Danish ancestry. Zappa attended Oakwood School in North Hollywood, California. She married Paul Doucette, former drummer and current rhythm guitarist for American pop group Matchbox Twenty, in June 2002. They have one child, Mathilda Plum Doucette, born December 21, 2004. Zappa filed for divorce in January 2012.
Apart from the novelty of her and her siblings' names, she first came to public attention in 1982, at the age of fourteen, as a vocalist on her father's Top 40 hit single, "Valley Girl". The song featured Moon Zappa delivering a monologue in "valleyspeak", a collection of slang terms popular with teenage girls in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. In the mid-1980s, Moon and her brother Dweezil were frequent guest VJs on MTV. Next to "Dancin' Fool", "Valley Girl" was Frank Zappa's biggest hit in the United States, and popularized phrases such as "grody to the max" and "gag me with a spoon". The song appeared on her father's 1982 album Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch. She later made another recording titled "My Mother Is a Space Cadet", with guitar accompaniment by her brother Dweezil.
As an adult she has worked as a stand-up comic, magazine writer, and actress, appearing in the films National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), Spirit of '76, the television sitcom Normal Life, and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. She appeared as a niqab-clad Muslim woman in one episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, as Ted Mosby's cousin Stacy in an episode of How I Met Your Mother, and on an episode ("Pampered to a Pulp") of Roseanne. Currently she is the voice of Mrs. Lamber on FOX Broadcasting's Animation Domination High-Def series High School USA!.
- Moon Unit Zappa Biography (1967-), Filmreference.com
- Miles, Barry (2004). Zappa. Grove Press. p. 124. ISBN 978-0-8021-1783-0.
- "Frank Zappa Daughter Moon Unit Files Divorce". Daily Mail. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
- "Pampered to a Pulp" at the Internet Movie Database
- Zappa, Moon Unit. America the Beautiful: A Novel. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 2001. ISBN 978-0-7432-1383-7
- Zappa, Moon Unit (2001-11-18). "One Street at a Time; Positively Third Street". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-04.