Ac­tress, tabloid per­son­al­ity star Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 99

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Vic­tor Mor­ton

Ac­tress and so­cial-icon Zsa Zsa Gabor died Sun­day of an ap­par­ent heart at­tack. She was 99.

Fred­eric Prinz von An­halt, the Hun­gar­ian beauty queen’s ninth hus­band, told Agence France-Presse while hold­ing back sobs that Miss Gabor, who had been bedrid­den in re­cent years, died in Los An­ge­les sur­rounded by fam­ily.

“Ev­ery­body was there. She didn’t die alone,” he told AFP by tele­phone.

Born Sari Gabor, she was crowned Miss Hun­gary in 1936 and was a stage ac­tress in Vi­enna be­fore ar­riv­ing in the U.S. with her sister Eva and Magda just as Europe was be­ing en­gulfed by the war.

Her best-known film roles in the 1950s in­cluded sup­port­ing roles in “We’re Not Mar­ried” and Or­son Welles’ “Touch of Evil” and as the fe­male lead op­po­site Os­car-nom­i­nee Jose Fer­rer in “Moulin Rouge.”

But Miss Gabor was prob­a­bly best known as one of the first tabloid stars — some­one “fa­mous for be­ing fa­mous,” with her every per­sonal move and ro­man­tic fling mak­ing news. She even had a sig­na­ture phrase — “dahling,” in her florid Hun­gar­ian ac­cent.

She had one daugh­ter, Constance Francesca Hil­ton, born 1947 when she was mar­ried to hote­lier Con­rad Hil­ton, mak­ing Miss Gabor tech­ni­cally a dis­tant rel­a­tive to Paris Hil­ton.

She had nine hus­bands, but was still with Mr. von An­halt more than 30 years af­ter they were mar­ried.

Ever the saucy per­son­al­ity, when Miss Gabor was asked “How many hus­bands have you had?”, she replied, “You mean other than my own?”

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