Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917 - 2016
Studio publicity still (1955)
Born: 6 February 1917, Budapest, Austro-Hungarian Empire
Died: 18 December 2016, Los Angeles, California
Born Gábore S´ri, on arrival in the US she adopted Western name order and changed her name to Zsa Zsa. Her current legal name is S´ri Prinzessin von Anhalt. Educated at Madame Subilia's, a Swiss boarding school. She competed in the 1936 Miss Hungary contest, which she claims to have won although her mother's biography says she was disqualified as underage. She made her first stage appearance at Vienna that year. It's unclear exactly when she came to the US but she had her first film role in 1952, the same year of her only starring role, opposite José Ferrer in Moulin Rouge. IMDB lists 65 movie roles and appearances on 108 TV shows from 1950 to 1997. She has married nine times, divorcing seven times, once annulled; she has been married to Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt from August 1986 to date. The von Anhalt claim to royalty, which makes her a Duchess of Saxony, is flimsy; it apparently stems from her father-in-law paying a substantial sum to a princess in exchange for the princess adopting his son, Gabor's current husband. Other than her one substantial film role, Gabor has gone about developing the art of being rich and famous on the basis of being rich and famous. She bought a home at Bel Air, California from Elvis Presley in 1974, originally built by Howard Hughes. In 1989 she was arrested for slapping a traffic cop, spent three days in jail and performed 180 hours of community service.In 2002 she was a passenger in a car driven by her hair dresser when it hit a light pole, she was hospitalized for several weeks and sued the driver. In 2009 it was reported that she lost $10 million invested with Bernard Madoff; one of her adopted sons, German brothel owner Marcus Prinz von Anhalt, gave her $6 million.
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- A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it. permalink
quoted by John Robert Colombo in Colombo's Concise Canadian Quotations (1979)
- A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished. permalink
Newsweek (28 March 1960)
- As a woman, you have to choose between your fanny or your face. I chose my face. permalink
- Conrad Hilton was very generous to me in the divorce settlement. He gave me 5,000 Gideon Bibles. permalink
- Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do. permalink
- He taught me housekeeping; when I divorce I keep the house. permalink
on her fifth husband, quoted by Ned Sherrin in Cutting Edge (1984)
- How many husbands have I had? You mean apart from my own? permalink
- Husbands are like fires — they go out when unattended. permalink
Newsweek (28 March 1960)
- I always said marriage should be a fifty-fifty proposition. He should be at least fifty years old, and have at least fifty-million dollars. permalink
- I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house. permalink
- I believe in large families: every woman should have at least three husbands. permalink
- I don't remember anybody's name. Why do you think the 'dahling' thing started? permalink
in Hollywood Wits, K. Madsen Roth, ed. (1995)
- I don't take gifts from perfect strangers; but then, nobody is perfect. permalink
- I know nothing about sex because I was always married. permalink
- I learned in school that money isn't everything. It's happiness that counts. So Momma sent me to a different school. permalink
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