Undoubtedly the woman who had come to epitomize what we recognize today as "celebrity", Zsa Zsa Gabor, is better known for her many marriages, personal appearances, her "dahlink" catchphrase, her actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, rather than her film career. It is unclear as to Zsa Zsa's birth year: sources vary from 1917 to 1919. Born in Budapest, Hungary, as Sari Gabor, she followed her sister Eva Gabor to Hollywood, California. A radiant, beautiful blonde, Zsa Zsa began appearing on television series and doing odd movies.
Her first film was at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Lovely to Look at (1952), co-starring Kathryn Grayson and Red Skelton. She next made a comedy called We're Not Married! (1952) at 20th Century Fox, with Ginger Rogers. It was far from a star billing for Zsa Zsa, appearing several names down the cast list as a supporting actress. However, it was in 1952 that saw her break into movies big time occurred, with her starring role opposite José Ferrer in Moulin Rouge (1952), although it has been said that she was given a very hard time throughout the filming by director John Huston.
In the following years, Zsa Zsa slipped back into supporting roles in films such as Lili (1953) and 3 Ring Circus (1954). Her main period of film work was in the 1950s, with other roles in Death of a Scoundrel (1956) with Yvonne De Carlo and The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1958) with Anna Neagle. Again, these were supporting roles. By the 1960s, Zsa Zsa was appearing more as herself in the movies. She now appeared to follow her own persona around, and cameo appearances were the order of the day in films such as Pepe (1960) and Jack of Diamonds (1967). This has continued throughout the 1970s decade.
She was very memorable as herself in The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991), in which she humorously pokes fun at an incident. In 1990 when she was convicted of slapping a police officer (Paul Kramer) during a traffic dispute and spent three days in jail and had to do 120 hours of community service after her time in jail expired. Such infamous incidents contributed to her becoming one of the most all-time recognizable of Hollywood celebrities in recent years, and sometimes ridiculed as a result. She was also memorable to British television viewers on "The Ruby Wax Show" (1997).
In 2002, Gabor was reported to be in a coma in a Los Angeles hospital after a horrifying car accident. The 85-year-old, star was injured when the car she was traveling in hit a light pole in West Hollywood, California. The reports about her coma, eventually proved to be inaccurate.
|Frédéric von Anhalt||(14 August 1986 - present)|
|Felipe de Alba||(13 April 1983 - 14 April 1983) (annulled)|
|Michael O'Hara||(27 August 1976 - 30 November 1982) (divorced)|
|Jack Ryan||(21 January 1975 - 24 August 1976) (divorced)|
|Joshua S. Cosden Jr||(9 March 1966 - 18 October 1967) (divorced)|
|Herbert Hutner||(5 November 1962 - 3 March 1966) (divorced)|
|George Sanders||(2 April 1949 - 2 April 1954) (divorced)|
|Conrad Hilton||(10 April 1942 - 22 December 1947) (divorced) 1 child|
|Burhan Belge||(1937 - 1941) (divorced)|
She commonly refers to other people as "Dahling".
On June 14, 1989, she was arrested for slapping police officer, Paul Kramer, in Beverly Hills, California. Kramer stopped her after noticing that her license tag on her automobile was no longer valid and expired. After a short but costly trial of $13,000 and a $12,350 fine, totaling $25,350. Eva Gabor spoke for her sister, at the trial. In September 1989, Zsa-Zsa was found guilty. She served three days in jail and was ordered to do 120 hours of community service, after her three days behind bars had expired.
Her marriage to Frédéric von Anhalt awarded her the title Princess Von Anhalt, Duchess of Saxony. The legitimacy of this title is strongly questioned by many royal genealogists.
In 1993, she and her husband were commanded, by a judge, to pay $2,000,000 to actress, Elke Sommer, because of false accusations that they had spoken of Elke.
Miss Hungary of 1936.
Once replaced five-time Tony Award winner, Julie Harris, on Broadway.
Appeared as "Minerva", the glamorous owner of a mineral spa, in the last episode, "Batman: Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires (#3.26)" (1968), of "Batman" (1966).
[27 November 2002] In an automobile accident in Los Angeles, which left her in a coma for a short time, and, subsequently paralyzed. She was a passenger riding in a vehicle that struck a light pole on Sunset Boulevard.
Inducted into the B-Movie Hall of Fame on October 26, 2004.
[7 July 2005] Suffered a stroke at her Bel-Air home and underwent emergency surgery to clear a blocked artery.
Campaigned in 1968 and 1972 for Richard Nixon, who she described as "the most intelligent President of our time".
She and her famous sisters have racked up a total of 18 divorces (so far).
Once held up an episode of "The New Hollywood Squares" (1986) for about 45 minutes after breaking a fingernail.
Strong doubts have been raised about her claim to the title of a German princess through her marriage to Prince Frédéric von Anhalt. Frederic's father, a policeman and commoner, paid elderly aristocrat Princess Marie-Auguste von Anhalt, daughter-in-law of Kaiser Wilhelm II, a considerable amount of money to adopt his son. Old European royalty does not recognize his title. Zsa Zsa's husband's real name is Hans Robert Lichtenberg. Prince or not, he does have the distinction of being married to her for longer than any of her previous spouses.
Together with her husband Frédéric von Anhalt she adopted a few men. Among them are Marcus Eberhard Edward Prinz von Anhalt, Herzog zu Sachsen und Westfalen, Graf von Askanien (formerly known as Marcus Eberhardt, born about 1969, brothel owner, was adopted in April 2006); Prinz Oliver Leopold von Sachsen-Anhalt, Graf von Westfalen und Askanien (formerly known as Oliver Bendig, born about 1967, owner of two strip clubs in Los Angeles); Prinz Michael Maximilian von Anhalt, Herzog zu Sachsen und Westfalen, Graf von Askanien (formerly known as Michael Killer, born about 1967, owns health clubs); and a surgeon who doesn't want to be mentioned. All of them paid millions for their adoption.
Hospitalized for six days with influenza in June 2009.
Had a very-public romance with Porfirio Rubirosa while married to George Sanders. Rubirosa returned to Gabor after divorcing Barbara Hutton, just 53 days after their wedding. In 1954, Gabor sported an eye patch, telling the press that Rubirosa had hit her in a fit of jealous rage.
Recovering from hip replacement surgery after falling from her bed and breaking her hip at her home in Bel Air, California on July 17, 2010.
Her right leg was amputated on January 14, 2011.
She is one of only eight actors to have played "Special Guest Villains" in "Batman" (1966) who are still alive, the others being Julie Newmar, John Astin, Eli Wallach, Joan Collins, Glynis Johns, Barbara Rush and Dina Merrill.
Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Zsa Zsa arrived in Hollywood in 1941 with a letter of introduction to Basil and Ouida Rathbone, who granted her admittance into the upper echelons of Hollywood society.
Zsa Zsa's real birth name is Sari after Sari Fedak, who was at the time Hungary's most celebrated actress.
To be loved is a strength. To love is a weakness.
A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.
As a woman, you have to choose between your fanny or your face. I chose my face.
I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.
[when asked how many husbands she'd had] You mean other than my own?
To a smart girl men are no problem - they're the answer.
Macho does not prove mucho.
Husbands are like fires. They go out if unattended.
I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.
Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do.
I don't remember anybody's name. How do you think the "dahling" thing got started?
Conrad Hilton was very generous to me in the divorce settlement. He gave me 5,000 Gideon Bibles.
A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it.
You just cannot drive a Rolls-Royce in Beverly Hills anymore because they have it in for you.
[as quoted in the book "The Humor of Sex"] Personally, I know nothing about sex because I've always been married.
It's never as easy to keep your own spouse happy as it is to make someone else's spouse happy.
I believe in large families: every woman should have at least three husbands.
[on Cary Grant] They are trying to show he's a great lover, but they'll never prove it to me.
Being jealous of a beautiful woman is not going to make you more beautiful.
If they had as much adultery going on in New York as they said in the divorce courts, they wouldn't have had enough time left over to run the subways or mow the grass in Central Park and they would never have a chance to make the beds at the Plaza.
The only place men want depth in a woman is in her décolletage.
You never really know a man until you have divorced him.
[on solitude] When I'm alone, I can sleep cross ways in bed without an argument.
When you are married to an actor, you feel you are nothing but an understudy to him. He only has eyes for himself. It is really the one situation I know of where, with just two people you have a triangle.
The only way to learn a language properly, in fact, is to marry a man of that nationality. You get what they call in Europe a "sleeping dictionary." Of course, I have only been married five times and I speak seven languages. I'm still trying to remember where I picked up the other two.
The best way to attract a man immediately is to have a magnificent bosom and a half-size brain and let both of them show.
[on the favorite of her five husbands] I thought he hated women and that was a marvelous challenge. When I met him I said, 'Mr. Sanders' I'm madly in love with you. And he said, 'Mrs. Hilton, how well I understand that'.
|The Girl in the Kremlin (1957)||$10,000|
(September 2004) Reported to be living at a luxury suite in the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in California's Woodland Hills.
(June 2005) Living with, and cared for by, her husband at their home in Bel Air (a property once owned by Elvis Presley).
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