Zsa Zsa is known for her affection for jewels, her quick wit,
as well as referring to everyone she speaks with as "darling",
but acquired a reputation for matrimony. Zsa Zsa is also the
only Gabor sister to bear a child.
Gabor was born Sári Gábor in Budapest, Hungary, the second of three daughters born to Vilmos Gábor (a soldier) and Jolie Gabor (née Jancsi Tilleman). The name Zsa Zsa (Zsuzsa) is a nickname for the Hungarian version of the name Susan.
The birth years of the Zsa Zsa Gabor sisters may be fabrications to make them appear younger. Her sisters are Magda and Eva. Zsa Zsa often claimed to have won the "Miss Hungary" beauty contest in 1936, but Jolie sometimes claimed she had won it. Gabor's maternal family was Jewish and her maternal grandparents died in the Holocaust.
She has had nine husbands:
Zsa Zsa Gabor and Conrad Hilton had one daughter, Francesca
Hilton. Zsa Zsa is the only Gabor sister to bear a child. George
Sanders later married Zsa Zsa's sister, Magda, and committed
suicide in 1972. In 2005 Zsa Zsa accused her daughter, Francesca
Hilton, of larceny and fraud, and was forced to file suit
against her in a California court.
Zsa Zsa also had a relationship with Porfirio Rubirosa, a noted Dominican international playboy and sometime diplomat. She refused to leave George Sanders to marry him, whereupon Rubirosa married Barbara Hutton (for seventy-three days) and then renewed his relationship with Zsa Zsa.
Among the movies Zsa Zsa Gabor appeared in were her starring role as dancer Jane Avril in Moulin Rouge (1952), Lili (1953), Queen of Outer Space (1958), and Touch of Evil (1958). She also had a cameo appearance as herself in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Never really considered an actress, Zsa Zsa thrived as a media personality, and from the 1950s to 1970s was a staple of television talk shows hosted by Jack Paar, Mike Douglas, Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin, where she could be counted on to be amusing and combative.
Though Gabor's movies continued, their quality did not, and her later career was as a celebrity rather than a serious actress. The Gabor sisters (competing with each other for the limited number of roles they might play with Hungarian accents) often engaged in always well-publicized "feuds," but it was Zsa Zsa who seemed to thrive on adverse publicity.
Because of her B-Movie stardom and her corresponding private life she was called Hollywood's "most expensive courtesan since Madame de Pompadour" (Ephraim Katz's "The Film Encyclopedia).
On June 14, 1989, Zsa Zsa was accused of slapping the face of a Beverly Hills police officer when he stopped her for a traffic violation. She was found guilty of the assault in a well-publicized trial and sentenced to three days in jail (and required to pay $13,000 in court costs). She testified that her behavior had been provoked by the officer, who she said had behaved extremely rudely and insulted her with obscenities.
Gabor poked fun of her role in the incident by way of cameo appearances in movies such as The Naked Gun 2˝: The Smell of Fear (wherein she slapped a police car's light that was following her and remarked "This happens every f---ing time that I go shopping"), the 1993 film version of The Beverly Hillbillies (in which she claimed that the officer had slapped her in what was described as a "drive-by slapping"), and A Very Brady Sequel (wherein she gloated upon the publicity she earned from the incident).
Zsa Zsa Gabor was a passenger in an automobile accident that occurred November 27, 2002, that was initially reported as having sent her into a coma, but the report was in error. She was conscious by the time medical assistance arrived. She left the hospital in early January 2003, facing continued physical therapy.
On July 7, 2005, Zsa Zsa suffered a massive stroke leaving her in critical condition at a local hospital. Gabor underwent surgery to remove a blockage in her carotid artery. She returned home on July 15 and is said to be making quite an excellent recovery, given her age, and her husband appears to be taking very good care of her.
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