Before moving to the States, Gabor acted on stage in Vienna and in 1936 was crowned Miss Hungary. Once she moved to the U.S. in 1941, she became a socialite and actress, admired for her European style and flair, as well as her extravagant Hollywood lifestyle. Many credited her as being the first woman who became “famous for being famous,” much like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton of more recent times.
Speaking of Hilton, she is actually related to Zsa Zsa Gabor, as Gabor was once married to Conrad Hilton, Paris’s great-grandfather. Her seven other marriages included a marriage to actor George Sanders. Her marriage to Felipe de Alba was annulled, as she was still married to Michael O’Hara when she got hitched to de Alba.
Zsa Zsa had two prominent sisters, Magda and Eva Gabor. Magda was an actress and socialite as well, who was also married to actor George Sanders. Eva was a prominent actress as well, appearing in Green Acres, and voicing the character of “Duchess” in Disney’s animated film Aristocats.
Zsa Zsa was the only one of the three Gabor sisters who had a child. She had one daughter, Constance “Francesca” Hilton, with Conrad Hilton. Francesca died at the age of 67 in 2015 after suffering a stroke, but Gabor was never told about her daughter’s death as at the time her health was in a fragile state. She intended to move back to Hungary in 2017. Her last husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, stated that he planned to arrange a big birthday party for her 100th birthday and then move to Budapest with her, but she died just two months shy of her 100th birthday.
Her tumultuous personal life, over-the-top personality, and glamorous lifestyle contributed to her decades-long celebrity status. She is remembered by many in the industry, some of which have shared tweets in her memory.
Pop star Miley Cyrus credits Gabor with influencing her style with this heartfelt tweet:
I Dream of Jeannie actress Barbara Eden remembers the Gabor sisters:
Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie tweets about Zsa Zsa:
Former CNN news anchor Larry King remembers the late actress and socialite: