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Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor is an actress, born Sári Gabor in Budapest, Hungary, probably on February 6, 1917. She is one of three Gabor sisters who had acting careers. The birth years of the Gabor sisters were often lied about and thus remain uncertain. They were the children of Vilmos Gabor and his wife Jansci "Jolie" Tilleman (1894-1997). The sisters, Magda, Eva, and Zsa Zsa, were noted for their beauty rather than their acting ability: Their mother Jolie Gabor was noted primarily for being their mother. Zsa Zsa often claimed to have won the "Miss Hungary" beauty contest in 1936, but Jolie did sometimes, too.
Zsa Zsa was known for her affection for jewels and for her quick wit but acquired a reputation for serial matrimony:
- 1937 - 1941 Burhan Belge (1899-1967), press director for the foreign ministry of Turkey. He was later known as a writer and diplomat.
- 1942 - 1947 Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Hilton Hotel magnate by whom she had a daughter, Constance Francesca Hilton .
- 1949 - 1954 George Sanders, an actor; he later married Zsa Zsa's sister Magda, and ultimately committed suicide.
- 1964 - 1966 Herbert Hunter , a financial consultant
- 1966 - 1967 Joshua S. Cosden, Jr. , a businessman and oil heir
- 1975 - 1976 Jack Ryan, an inventor associated with the Barbie and Chatty Cathy dolls.
- 1977 - 1982 Michael O'Hara
- Zsa Zsa underwent a marriage ceremony with Felipe de Alba in 1982. The marriage was of doubtful legality (it was bigamous, as Zsa Zsa was still married to Michael O'Hara, and it was performed by a ship's captain at sea, but not in international waters). The marriage, which in any case lasted but one day, was therefore invalid on several grounds: An annulment was obtained for good measure.
- 1986 - present Frederick Prinz von Anhalt , Despite the implications of his name, this husband was neither royal nor a prince. He was born "Robert Lichtenberg" and was adopted (as an adult) by Marie Auguste Prinzessin von Anhalt (who used such adoptions as a source of income). Via the adoption he obtained the surname "Prinz von Anhalt" but did not in the process obtain a title or noble status: Therefore Zsa Zsa is not, as is sometimes stated, a "Princess of Anhalt".
Zsa Zsa was also linked romantically with Porfirio Rubirosa, a noted Dominican international playboy and sometime diplomat. She refused to leave George Sanders to marry him, whereupon Rubirosa thereupon married Barbara Hutton (for seventy-three days) and then began his relationship with Zsa Zsa again.
Among the movies in which Zsa Zsa appeared were Moulin Rouge (1952), Lili (1953), Queen of Outer Space (1958), and Touch of Evil (1958). Though her movies continued, their quality did not, and her later career was as a celebrity rather than a serious actress. She starred as dancer Jane Avril in the 1952 version of the film, Moulin Rouge.
The Gabor sisters (competing with each other for the limited number of roles they might play with Hungarian accents) often engaged in always well-publicized "feuds", but it was Zsa Zsa who seemed to thrive on adverse publicity.
Zsa Zsa was accused of assaulting a Beverly Hills, California police officer when he stopped her for a traffic violation on June 14, 1989. She was found guilty in a well-publicized trial and was sentenced to three days' imprisonment.
On November 27, 2002 Zsa Zsa was involved in an automobile accident that was initially reported as having sent her into a coma. The initial report was in error. Zsa Zsa was conscious by the time medical assistance arrived, and left the hospital in early January 2003, facing continued physical therapy.
- Moulin Rouge (1952)
- The Million Dollar Nickel (1952) (short subject)
- Lovely to Look At (1952)
- We're Not Married! (1952)
- The Story of Three Loves (1953)
- Lili (1953)
- The Most Wanted Man (1953)
- Love in a Hot Climate (1954)
- Ball of the Nations (1954)
- 3 Ring Circus (1954)
- Death of a Scoundrel (1956)
- The Girl in the Kremlin (1957)
- The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1958)
- Country Music Holiday (1958)
- Touch of Evil (1958)
- Queen of Outer Space (1958)
- For the First Time (1959)
- The Blue Contessa (1960)
- Pepe (1960) (cameo)
- Lykke og krone (1962) (documentary)
- The Road to Hong Kong (1962) (scenes deleted)
- Boys' Night Out (1962)
- Picture Mommy Dead (1966)
- Arrivederci, Baby! (1966)
- Jack of Diamonds (1967) (cameo)
- Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971) (narrator)
- Up the Front (1972)
- Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
- Every Girl Should Have One (1978)
- Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie (1984)
- Smart Alec (1986)
- (1987) (cameo)
- The People vs. Zsa Zsa Gabor (1991) (documentary)
- The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991) (cameo)
- The Naked Truth (1992)
- Happily Ever After (1993) (voice)
- The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) (cameo)
- A Very Brady Sequel (1996) (cameo)
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