Diva Zappa

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Diva Zappa
Born Diva Muffin Zappa
(1979-07-30) July 30, 1979 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation Artist, businessperson, actress, musician
Parent(s) Frank Zappa
Gail Zappa
Relatives Moon Zappa (sister)
Dweezil Zappa (brother)
Ahmet Zappa (brother)

Diva Muffin Zappa (born July 30, 1979) is an American artist, also known for several acting roles in film and television, as well as recording a one-off comedy single. She is the youngest child of musician Frank Zappa.

Personal life[edit]

Zappa was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Frank and Gail Zappa. She has three older siblings: Moon Unit, Dweezil, and Ahmet.

According to her father Frank, she was given the name Diva "because of the loud quality of her voice. She's audible at 300 yards."[1]

Zappa won an award at age 12 in a poster contest to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect.[2]


Zappa's first film appearance was in the 1998 film Anarchy TV, along with her older siblings. Since then, she has also appeared in Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998), National Lampoon's Pledge This! (2006), as well as various TV shows including Felicity, Brothers & Sisters, and The Mighty Boosh.

In 1999, Zappa released a comedy single called "When the Ball Drops" about her "hunt for someone to make out with on the Millennium".[3] Tipper Gore played drums on the recording[3] and Kristin Gore sang backup vocals.[4]

Zappa runs her own website/business called "Hand Made Beauty" where she sells her own self-designed and made clothing.[5] The clothing is primarily knitted or crocheted, and consists of hats, ponchos and skirts.[6] A percentage of all sales are donated to the Creative Visions Foundation.[5] She was initially taught how to knit by Laurie Metcalf.[7] She does not plan her work, preferring to work in a spontaneous manner.[7]

A full-length dress she knitted was worn to the 2009 Grammy Awards by Chloé Trujillo, the wife of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.[7] She also made a cape for Diablo Cody.[7]

On October 29, 2013, she appeared in the UK premiere of her late father's orchestral work 200 Motels at the Royal Festival Hall, London, playing the role of Groupie 2 (Lucy)[8]


  1. ^ Mary Campbell (January 31, 1980). "Zappa still lives in the world of the weird". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 
  2. ^ Gary Libman (April 29, 1992). "The Hardest Words". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ a b Staff (December 28, 1999). "Tipper Gore Plays Drums for Diva Zappa". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. 
  4. ^ "Diva Zappa: Two Gores and a Record". Wilmington Morning Star. 1999-12-29. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Hand Made Beauty". 
  6. ^ Sarah Taylor (August 10, 2006). "Purl Girl". Women's Wear Daily. 
  7. ^ a b c d Vickie Howell (Spring–Summer 2009). "Knitting Diva". Knit 1. Magazine. 
  8. ^ southbankcentre.co.uk

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