Magdolna Gábor (c.1915 - 1997)

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Nicknames: "Magda"
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Birthplace: Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Death: Died in Riverside, California, USA
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About Magdolna Gábor

Magdolna "Magda" Gabor was a Hungarian-born American entertainer and socialite. She was the elder sister of actresses Zsa Zsa Gabor and Eva Gabor, and known for her habitual marriages and divorces.

Magda's exact birth date is not known. Some sources have cited it as June 11, 1915 or June 11, 1914. Other sources have cited July 1, 1914 and July 10, 1915. No one believes the years of 1918 or 1919 that she assigned herself, which would have made her younger than her younger sisters, Zsa Zsa Gabor and the late Eva Gabor.

Magda Gabor was said to be much like her father Vilmos, because she had his red hair, his fierce temper, was superintellectual and very much interested in literature. In 1937 Magda married a Polish count, Count Jan Behovsky, who joined the RAF during the war and in 1946 was shot down.

She was then involved with a Portuguese ambassador to Budapest and became engaged to him. Considered fearless and courageous, Magda's relationship with the Ambassador helped her save the lives of 240 Jewish families during the World War II. She then traveled to America with her mother and father, joining her youngest sister, Eva, who had arrived in the United States in 1939. Magda's younger sister Zsa Zsa later said of Magda's arrival in America: "Magda, tall, slim, with green eyes, speaking eleven languages, a horsewoman and a brilliant tennis player, also started acting, winning parts in a variety of different plays."