Actress, tabloid personality star Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 99
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?”