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Nicknames: "Zsa Zsa"
Birthdate: (97)
Birthplace: Budapest, Austria-Hungary
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About Sári Zsa Gábor

Zsa Zsa Gabor, also known as Sári Prinzessin von Anhalt, is a Hungarian-American actress, socialite and former beauty queen.

Zsa Zsa Gabor was born as Sári Gábor (reportedly named after a famed Hungarian actress, Sári Fedák[citation needed]) in Budapest (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire), the middle daughter of Vilmos Gábor, a soldier, and Jolie Gábor. Her sisters, Magda and Eva, also became actresses and socialites. Their mother, Jolie (née Jancsi Tilleman), was of Jewish descent, and was related to Annette Tilleman, the wife of California politician Tom Lantos.

Following studies at a Swiss boarding-school, Madame Subilia's, Gabor competed in the Miss Hungary beauty contest in 1936, but was disqualified for being underage (according to her mother's biography). On a trip to Vienna in the same year, she was discovered by the famous tenor Richard Tauber and was invited to sing the soubrette role in his new operetta Der singende Traum ("The Singing Dream") at the Theater an der Wien, her first stage appearance. Gabor reportedly had a romance with a composer named Willi Schmidt-Kentner, according to the 1960 "bio-autobiography" Zsa Zsa Gábor, My Story, written by Gabor with Gerold Frank. Her initial fame came from her work as an actress, and grew from her public appearances in the 1970s and 1980s.

Gabor has been married nine times. She was divorced seven times, and one marriage was annulled. Her husbands, in chronological order, are:

   * Burhan Asaf Belge (1937 – 1941) (divorced)
   * Conrad Hilton (April 10, 1942 – 1947) (divorced)
   * George Sanders (April 2, 1949 – April 2, 1954) (divorced)
   * Herbert Hutner (November 5, 1962 – March 3, 1966) (divorced)
   * Joshua S. Cosden, Jr. (March 9, 1966 – October 18, 1967) (divorced)
   * Jack Ryan (January 21, 1975 – August 24, 1976) (divorced)
   * Michael O'Hara (August 27, 1976 – 1983) (divorced)
   * Felipe de Alba (April 13, 1983 – April 14, 1983) (annulled)
   * Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt (August 14, 1986 to present)

In 1974 she purchased a two-story Bel Air home from Elvis Presley. It was built by Howard Hughes. and featured an eccentric-looking French roof.

Zsa Zsa was the only sister to bear a child, Francesca Hilton (born March 10, 1947). According to Gabor's 1991 autobiography One Lifetime Is Not Enough, her pregnancy resulted from rape by then-husband Conrad Hilton.

In 2005, Gabor accused her daughter Francesca of larceny and fraud, alleging that her daughter forged her signature to get a $2 million loan on her mother's Bel Air house, and filed a lawsuit against Francesca in a California court.

Gabor also claimed in One Lifetime is not Enough to have had spent a "forced" romantic evening with Frank Sinatra in the 1950s after dinner with him at LaRue's on the Sunset Strip. She also had a relationship with Porfirio Rubirosa, a noted Dominican international playboy and sometime diplomat. She refused to leave George Sanders to marry Rubirosa, whereupon Rubirosa married Barbara Hutton (for 53 days) and then renewed his relationship with Gabor, who claimed that Rubirosa proposed to her every time he could, and would change the subject when she refused. They had a four-year relationship and were at one time engaged. Gabor essentially broke the engagement when she took a part in the movie Death of a Scoundrel (1956), which starred her ex-husband George Sanders, over Rubirosa's intense objections. Gabor, along with her current husband Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, has adopted four men. Under the adoption, these men were given new names. The three best known adopted children of Gabor are Oliver Prinz von Sachsen-Anhalt, Michael Prinz von Anhalt, and Marcus Prinz von Anhalt.

On June 14, 1989, Gabor was accused of slapping the face of a Beverly Hills police officer named Paul Kramer 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 (72 hours) in the El Segundo jail. The judge also required her 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. This fiasco was published in the documentary, The People vs. Zsa Zsa Gabor, without her consent.

-------------------- Long before there was Paris Hilton, there was her great-aunt, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and her sisters Eva and Magda. Gabor has been called the first celebrity to be famous solely for her celebrity. Like Hilton, she was gossip fodder before she had any accomplishments, at least by normal standards of accomplishment, and all aspects of her life have been covered in the tabloids.

Zsa Zsa Gabor was probably born in 1917, although the zaftig Gabor girls always did their best to muddle up the records (even their mother's reported date of birth varies by as much as five years). As a young girl, Gabor may have competed in the Miss Hungary contest, or maybe not. At different times different Gabor sisters have claimed to have won that pageant, or have been runners-up. In 1937, Gabor married a Turkish foreign affairs minister who was considerably older than she was. She has claimed that they never consummated their marriage. Upon their arrival in Turkey, she caught the eye of Kemal Ataturk, President of Turkey, and they enjoyed a romance that lasted several months.

In 1941, having newly arrived in the United States, Gabor divorced her first husband and met Conrad Hilton (not necessarily in that order). Hilton, of the hotel Hiltons, married Gabor in 1942, but soon found his new bride was a profligate spender, and placed her on a strict $250-a-month allowance, souring their marriage. While pregnant with their daughter -- the only child any of the Gabor sisters would have -- she saw actor George Sanders on stage and declared that he would be her next husband. She had divorced Hilton by the time their daughter, Francesca, was born, but Hilton and Gabor remained on 'amicable' terms, and in 1955 he promised his ex-wife a special rate at all Hilton hotels for the rest of her life.

Once she had married Sanders, Zsa Zsa decided that she was an actress, and began to appear in films and on television. Her only demanding screen role was in the 1951 film of Moulin Rouge with Jose Ferrer, and during filming, director John Huston frequently humiliated her in front of the entire cast and crew. She took smaller parts in quirkier films throughout the 1950s, and began appearing as herself in cameos in the 1960s. She appeared as the gold-digging villain Minerva on two episodes of Batman, including the last episode.

During her marriage to Sanders, Gabor carried on a torrid affair with Dominican playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, beginning in 1952. Rubirosa left her after she appeared with a knot on her forehead which -- Gabor said -- was the result of a fall, but it was widely speculated that Rubirosa had punched her when she refused to leave her husband. Yet Gabor's marriage to Sanders soon ended, as did Rubirosa's brief marriage to Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, and Gabor and Rubirosa rekindled their affair, but in 1954 he gave her a black eye. Gabor dismissed the injury by saying, "Rubi loves me. Rubirosa in Spanish means red rose, for me it means black eye. A man only hits a woman if he loves her deeply."

Gabor was introduced to her next lover "Ramfis" Trujillo by Rubirosa in 1958. Although Ramfis showered gifts on Gabor and her friend Kim Novak, the romance was short-lived. During a 1964 trip to perform in a charity event for Princess Grace of Monaco, Gabor had an altercation with an aristocratic Englishwoman, Hannah Marcow. She said that Marcow had pushed her and Francesca on a plane, and that "no one pushes my child but me". Gabor brought a lawsuit, but dropped it the following year, presumably when a very patient lawyer explained that she could not possibly win.

1968 was a tumultuous year for Zsa Zsa. She slapped a bellboy in a hotel in London. She was removed from a plane bound to Mallorca when it was discovered that her hotel bill was unpaid, and she was smuggling more than $3,000 worth of clothing that she had not yet paid for. Her check was refused by a hotel in Lisbon. She also held a press conference to announce that someone was trying to kill her.

Gabor's ex-husband Sanders married her sister Magda in 1970. That marriage, was even more short-lived than his marriage to Zsa Zsa, who reportedly visited Sanders shortly before he committed suicide in 1972.

Gabor was always at her best on talk shows, as she could flash her diamonds and flirt with the host in her exaggerated Hungarian accent. She became famous for her bon mots, such as "Oh, Dahlink, zese are just my vorking diamonds." Other famous Zsa Zsa quips from her numerous appearances on Laugh-In and The Tonight Show include, "I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house." and "I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back."

In 1982, Gabor had a brief, bigamous marriage to Mexican movie star Felipe de Alba. The wedding took place on a ship and the captain officiated, but they were not yet in international waters, and Gabor was not yet legally divorced from her seventh husband, Michael O'Hara. He had been her divorce lawyer from husband number six, Jack Ryan. Just to be safe, Gabor had the marriage to de Alba annulled.

Gabor married Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt in 1986. It is her longest marriage to date, but contrary to popular belief, the marriage did not make Gabor royalty. Her husband was born Robert Lichtenberg, and as an adult had paid a royal, Marie Auguste Prinzessin von Anhalt, to adopt him -- a service the hard-up castle-owner provided to any customer who could pay. The adoption did not make Lichtenberg legally a prince or noble, it only gave him a more impressive-sounding name.

In 1989, Gabor was pulled over in Beverly Hills and found to be driving with an expired license. There was reportedly an open bottle of liquor in her car, and after a heated exchange with the officer, she slapped him. Gabor was arrested for driving on an expired license and battery. She compared the experience to "Nazi Germany", but was found guilty. Gabor indignantly said that she had not been judged by a jury of her peers: "It was not my class of people, there was not a producer, a press agent, a director, an actor." She served 72 hours in prison and paid a fine. She later lampooned the cop-slapping incident in the movie Naked Gun 2½.

In 1993, Gabor was sued for libel, and ordered to pay more than one million dollars to actress Elke Sommer. The feud between the two blondes apparently began when Sommer said that Gabor had a big behind, and Gabor told the press that Sommer's career was washed up. The actual libel suit was brought about when Gabor's husband, von Anhalt né Lichtenberg, claimed that Sommer had said, "All German men are pigs." Losing the lawsuit forced Gabor into bankruptcy. The feud between Francesca Hilton and von Anhalt was renewed in 2005 when Gabor and von Anhalt sued Francesca for allegedly forging Gabor's signature on a loan on Gabor's home and stealing at least millions. At von Anhalt's request, however, the lawsuit was dropped in September 2007.

In 2002, Gabor was injured when a car she was riding in, driven by her hairstylist, hit a lamp post. She remains partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound from the accident, or from a rumored 2003 stroke. She has not spoken to the press since her 2002 accident, and she was hospitalized after a stroke in 2005.

Father: Vilmos Gabor (Hungarian soldier)

Mother: Jansci Tilleman ("Jolie", b. 29-Sep-1894, d. 1-Apr-1997 cardiac arrest)

Father: Edmund de Szigethy (Hungarian Count, stepfather, married Jolie)

Sister: Eva Gabor (actress-celebrity)

Sister: Magda Gabor (actress)

Slept with: Porfirio Rubirosa (Dominican diplomat, b. 1909, d. 1965)

Boyfriend: Lt. General Rafael Trujillo ("Ramfis", son of Dominican dictator)

Boyfriend: Hal Hays (building contractor, briefly engaged)

Husband: Burhan Belge (Turkish diplomat, b. 1899, m. 1937, div. 1941, d. 1967)

Husband: Conrad Hilton (hotel founder, m. 10-Apr-1942, div. 1947, one daughter)

Daughter: Francesca Hilton (heiress, b. 10-Mar-1947)

Husband: George Sanders (actor, m. 1-Apr-1949, div. 1954, later married Zsa Zsa's sister Magda)

Husband: Herbert Hunter (financial consultant, m. 9-Nov-1964, div. 1966)

Husband: Joshua S. Cosden, Jr. (oil heir, m. 1966, div. 1967)

Husband: Jack Patrick Ryan (Barbie doll designer, m. 21-Jan-1975, div. 1976)

Husband: Michael O'Hara (attorney, m. 1977, div. 1982)

Husband: Felipe De Alba (Mexican actor, m. 1982, annulled, lasted one day)

Husband: Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt ("Robert Lichtenberg", m. 14-Aug-1986)

   Hollywood Walk of Fame 6915 Hollywood Blvd (television)
   Battery slapped officer Paul Kramer in Beverly Hills, CA 14-Jun-1989
   Driving without a License Beverly Hills, CA 14-Jun-1989
   Defamation according to lawsuit filed by Elke Sommer (1993)
   Bankruptcy 18-Mar-1994
   Coma widely reported, likely untrue
   Paralyzed 2002
   Stroke 6-Jul-2005
   Liposuction
   Hungarian Ancestry
   Risk Factors: Smoking
   FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
   A Very Brady Sequel (23-Aug-1996) Herself
   The Beverly Hillbillies (15-Oct-1993) Herself
   Happily Ever After (28-May-1993) [VOICE]
   The Naked Truth (1992)
   The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (28-Jun-1991) Herself
   Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988)
   A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (27-Feb-1987) Herself
   Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (26-May-1976)
   Drop Dead Darling (28-Dec-1966)
   Picture Mommy Dead (2-Nov-1966)
   Boys' Night Out (21-Jun-1962)
   Pepe (21-Dec-1960) Herself
   Queen of Outer Space (7-Sep-1958)
   Touch of Evil (21-May-1958)
   Death of a Scoundrel (31-Oct-1956)
   3 Ring Circus (25-Dec-1954)
   Lili (10-Mar-1953)
   The Story of Three Loves (5-Mar-1953)
   We're Not Married! (11-Jul-1952)
   Lovely to Look at (29-May-1952)
   Moulin Rouge (1952)

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Zsa Zsa Gabor

Author of books:

Zsa Zsa's Complete Guide to Men (1969)

How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid... (1970)

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Zsa Zsa Gabor's Timeline

1917
February 6, 1917
Budapest, Austria-Hungary
1937
1937
Age 19
1941
1941
Age 23
1942
1942
Age 24
1946
1946
Age 28
1949
1949
Age 31
1954
1954
Age 36
1976
August 27, 1976
Age 59
Clark, Nevada, USA