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Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 99

Suffered heart attack at her home in LA

- BY HILLEL ITALIE

The Hungarian actress and socialite who was famous for being famous suffered a heart attack at her LA home. Obituary on

Zsa Zsa Gabor, the jet-setting Hungarian actress and socialite who helped invent a new kind of fame out of multiple marriages, conspicuou­s wealth and jaded wisdom about the glamorous life, died Sunday at her home, her husband said. She was 99.

The middle and most famous of the sisters Gabor died of a heart attack at her Los Angeles home, Frederic von Anhalt said.

Ms. Gabor had been hospitaliz­ed repeatedly since she broke her right hip in July 2010 after a fall at her home. She already had to use a wheelchair after being partly paralyzed in a 2002 car accident and suffering a stroke in 2005. Most of her right leg was amputated in January 2011 because of gangrene and the left leg was also threatened. Her misfortune­s were duly reported to the media by Mr. von Anhalt.

The great aunt of Paris Hilton and a spiritual matriarch to the Kardashian­s, Simpsons and other tabloid favorites, she was the original hall-of-mirrors celebrity, famous for being famous for being famous. Starting in the 1940s, Ms. Gabor rose from beauty queen to millionair­e’s wife to minor television personalit­y to minor film actress to major public character. With no special talent, no hit TV series such as her sister Eva’s “Green Acres,” Zsa Zsa neverthele­ss was a long-running hit just being Zsa Zsa.

Her secret, in part, was being in on the joke, once saying about a 1956 TV role, “I play a fabulously rich woman who has just bought her fifth husband; she is very unhappy. I won’t tell you who it’s supposed to be.”

Amid all the trivia, she had a peripheral part in two big scandals of the early 21st century: the death of Anna Nicole Smith (Mr. von Anhalt claimed to have had an affair with her) and the alleged financial scam of Bernard Madoff (a lawyer said she might have lost $10 million through him). And she was in the spotlight for a dustup from the late 20th century: “The slap heard ’round the world.”

In June 1989, Ms. Gabor smacked Paul Kramer, a police officer, on a Beverly Hills street, after he pulled over her Rolls-Royce Corniche convertibl­e for a traffic violation. She was convicted of misdemeano­r battery on a police officer, driving without a driver’s license and having an open container of alcohol in the car. She served three days in jail and performed community service.

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 ?? ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE ?? Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is shown Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 1986. Ms. Gabor died Sunday of a heart attack at her Bel-Air home, her husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, said. She was 99.
ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is shown Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 1986. Ms. Gabor died Sunday of a heart attack at her Bel-Air home, her husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, said. She was 99.

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