Zsa Zsa Gabor was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite. Gabor was best known for her extravagant Hollywood lifestyle, glamorous personality, and her many marriages. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about her!
1.She was born on February 6, 1917 and passed away on December 18, 2016.
2. She was born in Budapest (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire).
3. Her real name was Sári Gábor (Gábor Sári in Hungarian order).
4. She was the middle of three daughters of Vilmos Gábor, a soldier, and Jolie Gabor (née Janka Tilleman; 1896–1997).
5. She was reportedly named after Sári Fedák, a popular Hungarian entertainer.
6. Her elder sister, Magda, was a socialite, and her younger sister, Eva, was an actress and businesswoman. Their parents were both from Jewish families.
7. Gabor’s mother, Jolie, was an aunt of Annette Lantos, the wife of Hungarian-born U.S. congressman and Holocaust survivor, Tom Lantos.
8. Jolie managed to escape Hungary after the Nazis occupied Budapest in 1944. Gabor’s maternal grandmother and uncle Sebastian (Annette Lantos’s father) chose to remain in Budapest feeling they “had a good place to hide.” However, both died during an Allied bombing raid. Zsa Zsa’s three maternal aunts, Jolie’s sisters, survived.
9. Following studies at Madame Subilia’s, a Swiss boarding school, Gabor was discovered by tenor Richard Tauber on a trip to Vienna in 1934 and was invited to sing the soubrette role in his new operetta, Der singende Traum (The Singing Dream), at the Theater an der Wien, making her first stage appearance.
10. In 1936, she was crowned Miss Hungary.
11. In 1944, she and a woman named Victoria Wolf wrote a novel that was bought by an American magazine. While fictional, it was partially derived from Gabor’s own life experiences.
12. In 1949, she declined an offer to play the role of Lady Chatterley in a film version of the book Lady Chatterley’s Lover due to its controversial theme.
13. Her more serious acting credits include Moulin Rouge, Lovely to Look At and We’re Not Married!, all from 1952, and 1953’s Lili.
14. In 1958, she ran the gamut of moviemaking, appearing in Touch of Evil (1958) and the camp oddity Queen of Outer Space (1958). Later, she appeared in such ditzy ditties as Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) and Frankenstein’s Great Aunt Tillie (1984). She did cameos for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) and A Very Brady Sequel (1996) and voiced a character in the animated Happily Ever After (1990).
15.In his autobiography, television host Merv Griffin, who often squired Gabor younger sister Eva socially, described the Gabor sisters in their heyday as glamour personified: “All these years later, it’s hard to describe the phenomenon of the three glamorous Gabor girls and their ubiquitous mother. They burst onto the society pages and into the gossip columns so suddenly, and with such force, it was as if they’d been dropped out of the sky.”
16. In 1973 she was the guest roastee on the Dean Martin Roast show, and in 1998, film historian Neal Gabler called her kind of celebrity “The Zsa Zsa Factor”
17. Zsa Zsa Gabor was married nine times. She was divorced seven times, and one marriage was annulled.
18. Her husbands, in chronological order, were:
Burhan Asaf Belge (1937–1941; divorced)
Conrad Hilton (April 10, 1942 – 1947; divorced)
George Sanders (April 2, 1949 – April 2, 1954; divorced)
Herbert Hutner (November 5, 1962 – March 3, 1966; divorced)
Joshua S. Cosden, Jr. (March 9, 1966 – October 18, 1967; divorced)
Jack Ryan (January 21, 1975 – August 24, 1976; divorced)
Michael O’Hara (August 27, 1976 – 1983; divorced)[
Felipe de Alba (April 13–14, 1983; annulled)
Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt (August 14, 1986 – December 18, 2016; her death)
19. Zsa Zsa Gabor’s divorces inspired her to make numerous quotable puns and innuendos about her marital (and extramarital) history.
20. In 1970, Gabor purchased a 8,878-square-foot Hollywood Regency-style home in Bel Air, which once belonged to Elvis Presley, and which was the location where the Beatles visited Presley in 1965.
21. It was originally built by Howard Hughes and featured a unique-looking French style roof. In June 2011, it was announced that Gabor placed the house for sale as it had “gotten too big to manage” for her.
22. Originally put up for sale for $15 million, it was reduced to $12.9 million, and then pulled from the market. In 2012, the house was listed for sale again, at $14.9 million.
23. Zsa Zsa Gabor’s only child, a daughter named Constance Francesca Hilton, was born on March 10, 1947.
24. According to Gabor’s 1991 autobiography One Lifetime Is Not Enough, her pregnancy resulted from rape by then-husband Conrad Hilton.
25. She was the only Gabor sister to have had a child.
26. In 2005, a lawsuit was filed accusing her daughter of larceny and fraud, alleging that she had forged her signature to get a US$2 million loan on her mother’s Bel Air house.
27. However, the Santa Monica Superior Court threw out the case due to Gabor’s failure to appear in court or to sign an affidavit that she indeed was a co-plaintiff on the original lawsuit filed by her husband, Frédéric von Anhalt.
28. Francesca Hilton died on January 5, 2015, at the age of 67 from a massive stroke.
29. Gabor’s husband never told her about her daughter’s death, out of concern for her physical and emotional state.
30. During her marriage to Prinz von Anhalt, he and Gabor adopted at least ten adult males, who subsequently used a variation of Prinz von Anhalt’s name and title.
31. The adoptees are reported to have paid the couple up to $2,000,000 for the adoption. Prinz von Anhalt had gained his own title in 1980 at age 36 by paying Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt to adopt him.
32. On April 11, 2016, Gabor expressed her wishes to move back to Hungary during 2017 to live out the rest of her life there.
33. Her husband stated that he was determined to make her wish come true and that he intended to arrange for “a big party in the summer” to celebrate the actress’ 100th birthday, after which she would return to Budapest.. Gabor died before this plan could be carried out
34. On June 14, 1989, in Beverly Hills, California, Gabor was accused of slapping the face of Beverly Hills police officer Paul Kramer when he stopped her for a traffic violation at 8551 Olympic Boulevard.
35. On September 29, 1989, it was announced that a jury convicted the actress of slapping a police officer, driving without a license and possessing an open container of alcohol—a flask of Jack Daniel’s—in her $215,000 Rolls-Royce, but also acquitted her on charges of disobeying officer Kramer when she drove away from a routine traffic stop.
36. On October 25, 1989, it was announced that Beverly Hills Municipal Judge Charles G. Rubin had sentenced Gabor to serve three days in jail, to pay fines and restitution totaling $12,937, to perform 120 hours of community service—and to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
37. On June 14, 1990, Gabor decided to drop her conviction appeal and agreed to serve her sentence. However, Gabor refused to take part in community service and served three days in jail between July 27 and July 30, 1990.
38. Gabor also had a long-running feud with German-born actress Elke Sommer that began in 1984 when both appeared on Circus of the Stars and escalated into a multi-million dollar libel suit by 1993
39. On January 25, 2009, the Associated Press reported that her attorney stated that forensic accountants determined that Gabor may have lost as much as $10 million invested in Bernie Madoff’s company, possibly through a third-party money manager. However official records of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York reportedly do not list Gabor as a victim of the Ponzi scheme
40. On November 28, 2002, Gabor was a front seat passenger in an automobile crash in Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, from which she remained partially paralyzed and reliant on a wheelchair for mobility. She survived strokes in 2005 and 2007 and underwent surgeries. In 2010, she fractured her hip and underwent a successful hip replacement.
41. In August 2010, Gabor was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in serious condition and received last rites from a Catholic priest.
42. In 2011, her right leg was amputated above the knee to save her life from an infection.She was hospitalized again in 2011 for numerous emergencies.
43. On February 8, 2016, two days after her 99th birthday, Gabor was rushed to hospital after suffering from breathing difficulties. She was diagnosed with a feeding tube-related lung infection and was scheduled to undergo surgery to have her feeding tube removed.
44. Gabor died of a heart attack at her home in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, on December 18, 2016, aged 99. She had been on life support for the previous five years.
45. She is survived by husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt, whom she wed in 1986, and the union garnered her the title Princess von Anhalt, Duchess of Saxony.