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Overview (3)

Born in Budapest, Hungary
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (respiratory failure due to complications of a fall)
Height 5' 2½" (1.59 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Eva Gabor was born on February 11, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary, to Jolie Gabor (née Janka Tilleman) and Vilmos Gabor (born Farkas Miklós Grün), a soldier. Her older siblings were Magda Gabor, an actress, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, an actress and socialite. Her parents were both from Jewish families. She went to Hollywood, California, to act in the 1930s. Her mother escaped from Nazi-occupied Budapest in the 1940s, also settling in the U.S.

Eva appeared both in films and on Broadway in the 1950s, as well as in several "A"-movies, including The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954), starring Elizabeth Taylor, and Artists and Models (1955), which featured Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

In 1953, she was given her own television talk show, The Eva Gabor Show (1953). Throughout the rest of the 1950s and early 1960s, she appeared on television and in movies. She appeared on one episode of the mystery series Justice (1954), and was on the game show What's My Line? (1950) as the "mystery challenger". Her film appearances during this period include a remake of My Man Godfrey (1957), Gigi (1958) and It Started with a Kiss (1959).

However, she is best remembered as Lisa Douglas, the socialite turned farm wife on Green Acres (1965) with co-star Eddie Albert playing her attorney husband Oliver Wendell Douglas. Eva Gabor died at age 76 from respiratory failure and pneumonia and July 4, 1995 in Los Angeles, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ray Hamel

Spouse (5)

Frank Jameson (21 September 1973 - 1984) ( divorced)
Richard Brown (4 October 1959 - 14 November 1972) ( divorced)
Dr. John Williams (8 April 1956 - 20 March 1957) ( divorced)
Charles Isaacs (27 September 1943 - 25 May 1950) ( divorced)
Dr. Erich Valdemar Drimmer (3 June 1939 - 14 February 1942) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

The role of Lisa Douglas on Green Acres (1965)
Heavy Hungarian accent

Trivia (22)

She was the first of the Gabors to immigrate to the United States from Hungary.
Was a successful businesswoman, marketing wigs, clothing and beauty products.
Married and divorced five times. Her first husband, Dr. Erik Drimmer, was Greta Garbo's osteopath.
Daughter of Jolie Gabor. Younger sister of Magda Gabor and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Aunt of Francesca Hilton and ex-step-grandaunt of Paris Hilton and Nicky Rothschild.
Following her death she was interred near Green Acres (1965) co-star Eddie Albert at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetary in Los Angeles, CA.
Lived platonically with Merv Griffin, creator of the game show Wheel of Fortune (1983), for several years up until her death.
In November 1957 she was the landlady of Jim Backus--he sublet her New York City apartment.
The epitaph on her grave reads: "Our darling Eva. We love you. You are in our hearts forever.".
Following a bathtub fall while on vacation in Mexico, she died later in Los Angeles from pneumonia and respiratory failure on July 4, 1995.
Awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6614 Hollywood Blvd. on October 23, 1984.
Best remembered by the public for her starring role as the socialite turned farm wife Lisa Douglas on Green Acres (1965).
Had played the same character (Lisa Douglas) on three different series: The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Petticoat Junction (1963) and Green Acres (1965).
Of the three Gabor sisters, she was the only one who was never married to George Sanders. He was married to Zsa Zsa Gabor from 1949-54 and to Magda Gabor from 1970-71.
Her niece, Francesca Hilton, died at age 67 of a massive stroke on January 5, 2015. She was cremated and her ashes were interred beside her at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.
She was a staunch Republican.
She was both a dog and cat lover.
She was a first cousin, once removed, of Annette Lantos (born Tilleman), the wife of U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos, of California. Her mother and Annette were first cousins.
Born in Budapest, the daughter of Vilmos Gabor (born Farkas Miklós Grün) and Jolie Gabor, Countess de Szigethy (born Janka Tilleman). Her parents were both from Jewish families. Her paternal grandparents were Salamon Grün and Rozália Kluger. Her maternal grandparents, originally from Ukraine, were Jóná Hersch Tilleman and Chawe Feige Reinharz.
Had two stepdaughters, Mary and Joanne, from her marriage to Dick Brown.
Although she died at age 76, her mother, Jolie Gabor, outlived her by nearly two years.
Wrote an autobiography 'Orchids and Salami.
Appeared in one Best Picture Academy Award winner: Gigi (1958).

Personal Quotes (6)

I was the first actress in the family, and I am still the only actress in the family. I shouldn't be saying it, but it slipped out!
I believe in loyalty. When a woman reaches a certain age she likes, she should stick with it.
Love is a game that two can play and both win.
All any girl needs, at any time in history, is simple velvet and basic diamonds.
I ask myself more questions than Hamlet as I ponder which shoes to wear.
Marriage is too interesting an experiment to be tried only once.

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