Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Hollywood star who was famous for being famous decades before the Kardashians, died on Sunday in California. She was 99.
The blonde socialite, born in Budapest, was well known for calling everyone “dahlink”, her nine marriages and a 1989 traffic incident in which she was jailed for slapping a Beverly Hills policeman.
Her reputation as a man-eater was one the former Miss Hungary was always happy to joke about.
Gabor’s classic quips about marriage included: “I’m a great housekeeper: every time I get a divorce, I keep the house” and “Husbands are like fires. They go out if unattended”.
Gabor was also notorious for obscuring her real age, telling People magazine in 1989: “You can say I’m full of shit, but don’t say I’m old.”
Gabor married her first husband, Turkish writer and politician Burhan Asaf Belge, in 1937, while still living in Europe.
Shortly after immigrating to the US in 1942 (Gabor’s mother had fled Nazi-occupied Budapest), she married hotel magnate Conrad Hilton. He was 55, she 25.
Many years later, Gabor admitted to marrying the hotelier for his money.
Hilton was the father of Gabor’s only child, Constance Hilton. In her 1991 biography, Gabor claimed Constance was the result of being raped by Hilton. Constance died in January 2015.
In 1962, Gabor married businessman Herbert Hutner. That was followed by 19-month marriages to oil magnate Joshua Cosden in 1966 and Mattel toy designer Jack Ryan in 1975. Her wedding with lawyer Michael O’Hara in 1976 took place just three days after she divorced Ryan.
Gabor’s next marriage, to Mexican businessman Felipe de Alba, was annulled because she was still legally wed to O’Hara.
Gabor’s husband from 1986 until her death was Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, a German immigrant to the US whose royal-ish title was gained by paying a German princess to adopt him when he was 36-years-old. Gabor was his seventh wife.
Though most of her 30-plus movies could best be termed forgettable, Gabor boasted appearances in three storied films of the 1950s: John Huston’s Moulin Rouge in 1952, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s 1953 musical Lili and Orson Welles’ 1958 classic A Touch Of Evil.
In the late 1980s and into the 1990s, after that jail-worthy slap returned her to notoriety, Gabor appeared on screen mostly in cameos, parodying herself in movies like The Naked Gun 2 ½, The Beverly Hillbillies and A Very Brady Sequel, or playing a near-likeness to herself, as in an episode of Will Smith’s TV comedy The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.
Gabor’s younger sister Eva (who passed away in 1995) was the most successful actor in the family, starring in the TV comedy Green Acres.
Gabor’s health had declined steadily since 2002, when she was partially paralyzed in a car accident.
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