Moon Zappa
Born (1967-09-28) September 28, 1967 (age 56)
Years active1982–present
(m. 2002; div. 2014)
Parent(s)Frank Zappa
Gail Zappa
RelativesDweezil Zappa (brother)
Ahmet Zappa (brother)
Diva Zappa (sister)
Lala Sloatman (maternal cousin)

Moon Unit Zappa (born September 28, 1967) is an American actress, singer, and author. She is the daughter of musician Frank Zappa.

Early life

Moon Zappa was born in New York City, the eldest child of Gail (née Sloatman) and musician Frank Zappa.[1] She has three younger siblings: Dweezil, Ahmet, and Diva. Zappa's father was of Sicilian, Greek-Arab, and French ancestry, and her mother was of German and Portuguese descent.[2] Zappa attended Oakwood School in North Hollywood, California.


Zappa first came to public attention in 1982 at the age of 14, when she appeared on her father's hit single "Valley Girl." The song featured Moon's monologue in "valleyspeak", slang terms popular with teenage girls in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. "Valley Girl" was Frank Zappa's biggest hit in the United States, and popularized phrases from the lyric 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.

In the mid-1980s, Zappa and her brother Dweezil were frequent guest VJs on MTV.

She sang on Dweezil's songs "My Mother Is a Space Cadet" b/w "Crunchy Water" in 1982 and "Let's Talk About It" from the album Havin' a Bad Day in 1986.

As a teenager, Zappa acted in the television series CHiPs, The Facts of Life, and the film Nightmares.[1] While still 18, she was a technical consultant and appeared in several episodes of Fast Times. As an adult, she has worked as a stand-up comic, magazine writer, and actress, appearing in the films National Lampoon's European Vacation and Spirit of '76, the television sitcom Normal Life, and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show.

Zappa appeared as a niqab-clad Muslim woman in an 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. In 2013, Zappa was the voice of Mrs. Lamber on FOX Broadcasting's Animation Domination High-Def series High School USA!.

In 2000, Zappa appeared as guest vocalist on Kip Winger's third solo album Songs from the Ocean Floor. She is the author of the novel America, the Beautiful, published in 2001.[3] She has also written for The New York Times.[4] In a 2016 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Zappa said she was working on a book about growing up in her "crazy house."[5]

Personal life

Zappa married Paul Doucette, drummer and rhythm guitarist for American pop group Matchbox Twenty, in June 2002. They have one child, Mathilda Plum Doucette. They divorced in 2014.[6]

Following the death of Zappa's mother, Gail, in October 2015, it was revealed that her siblings Ahmet and Diva were given control of the Zappa family trust with shares of 30% each, while Moon and her brother Dweezil were given smaller shares of 20% each.[7] Speaking to the Los Angeles Times in 2016, Zappa called it "the most hideous shock of [her] life."[7] As beneficiaries only, Moon and Dweezil will reportedly not receive any distributions from the trust until it is profitable—as of 2016, it was millions of dollars in debt—and must seek permission from Ahmet, the trustee, to make money from their father's music or merchandise bearing his name.[7]

In 2018, the Zappa siblings were reported to have legally reconciled their differences, with Dweezil noting "It may be a bumpy road at times – we are a passionate Italian family – but we have decided to work toward privately discussing issues rather than using public forums and lawyers."[8]

Zappa's memoir, Earth to Moon, will be released in August 2024.[9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Nightmares Pamela
1985 National Lampoon's European Vacation Rusty's California Girl
1985 The Boys Next Door Nancy
1987 Heartbeat Band Performer Direct-to-video
1989 Listen to Me Longnecker
1989 Heartstopper Lenora Clayton
1990 The Spirit of '76 Cheryl Dickman
1992 Little Sister Venus
1994 Dark Side of Genius Carrie
1996 Love Always Mary Ellen
1997 The Girl Gets Moe Hostess Jillian
1997 Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills Susie
1998 Anarchy TV Katie
1998 Jack Frost School Teacher Uncredited
2000 Brutal Truth Alex
2000 Behind the Seams Astric
2010 Love & Distrust Donna Direct-to-video
2011 Last Will Belinda DeNovi


Year Title Role Notes
1982 CHiPs Tami Episode: "Speedway Fever"
1985 The Facts of Life Sondra Episode: "The Last Drive-In"
1986 Fast Times Barbara 6 episodes
1987 Student Exchange Murphy the Biker Television film
1989 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Marilyn Episode: "Wild Thing"
1990 Normal Life Tess Harlow 13 episodes
1991 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Janet Franey Episode: "Wolf Pack"
1993 Wild Palms Judy Episode: "Hungry Ghosts"
1996 Murder One Chris Episode: "Chapter Seventeen"
1996 Clueless Taki Episode: "Do We with Bad Haircuts Not Feel?"
1996 Roseanne Carol Episode: "Pampered to a Pulp"
1997 Party of Five Merika Episode: "Adjustments"
2000 Tenacious D Art Gallery Visitor Episode: "The Fan"
2003 The Complete Master Works Video documentary
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Haboos Episode: "The Blind Date"
2006 How I Met Your Mother Stacy Episode: "How Lily Stole Christmas"
2007 Private Practice Jenny Episode: "In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl from Somewhere Else"
2010 Grey's Anatomy Kelly Episode: "Push"
2013 High School USA! Tracey Lamber (voice) 5 episodes


  1. ^ a b Moon Unit Zappa Biography (1967–) Archived 2008-09-17 at the Wayback Machine,
  2. ^ Miles, Barry (2004). Zappa. Grove Press. pp. 124. ISBN 978-0-8021-1783-0.
  3. ^ Zappa, Moon Unit. America the Beautiful: A Novel. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 2001. ISBN 978-0-7432-1383-7
  4. ^ Zappa, Moon Unit (2001-11-18). "One Street at a Time; Positively Third Street". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
  5. ^ Roberts, Randall. "Zappa family drama: A look at where Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva are today". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Archived from the original on 2017-03-25. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  6. ^ "Moon Zappa Divorce -- Our Kid Will Still Get the Star Treatment". 2014-04-11. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  7. ^ a b c Randall Roberts (24 June 2016). "It's brother and sister against brother and sister in bitter fight over control of Frank Zappa's legacy". Archived from the original on 2017-05-30. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  8. ^ Andrew O'Brien (May 17, 2018). "Dweezil Zappa Announces Reconciliation With His Siblings & Zappa Family Trust After Years-Long Feud". Live for Live Music. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  9. ^ "Earth to Moon". HarperCollins. Retrieved 8 January 2024.
  10. ^ "From Bong Joon-ho to Van Gogh: Observer critics' culture highlights for 2024". The Guardian. 7 January 2024. Retrieved 8 January 2024.