Zsa Zsa Gabor the Hungarian Prima Donna Dies

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Another star has fallen, as singer Zsa Zsa Gabor passed away December 18, 2016, at her home in Los Angeles, California. The cause of death was a heart attack. This celebrated singer was 99 years old.

Gabor dies just 61 days from her 100th birthday on February 17, 2017. This daughter of a Hungarian soldier was an actress and socialite. Her stage career began in Vienna, Austria, in 1936. The same year, she was also crowned Miss Hungary. In 1941, Gabor left Hungary and moved to the United States. Once there, she turned out to be an elite performer with “European panache and chic,” whose disposition that “radiated charisma and elegance.”

Gabor was recognized for her many funny quotes over the years, but the most famous were the following:

“Getting divorced just because you don’t love a man is almost as meaningless as getting married just because you do.”

Gabor was not shy about her divorces. She had nine marriages in total, despite the fact the actress asserts she has no more than eight different husbands.

“I am a wonderful housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.”

Besides, her career with marriages. Gabor gave birth to her only child, a daughter named Constance Francesca Hilton in 1947. As relayed in her 1991 memoirs “One Lifetime Is Not Enough,” her child was a product of rape by then-husband Conrad Hilton.

Gabor first movie in 1952 was called “Lovely,” which was a musical. In the film, her character’s name was Zsa Zsa. Not long after, she performed in both the slapstick “We’re Not Married!” and in the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec documentary “Moulin Rouge” as a ballerina/model named Jane Avril.

In the movies, “Lili” and “The Story of Three Loves,” the actress was downgraded to supporting roles. By 1958 her career started dwindling even further, and she landed minor roles such as Talleah in “Queen of Outer Space” and from there to minor appearances in “Touch of Evil.” Throughout the 1960s, Gabor became so renowned on the talk show route that most of her television and infrequent movie roles were just typed cast as herself.

However, after a long life of fame, marriages, and fortune, her health began to fail. The New York Times reports that in 2002, a car accident caused her to be paralyzed and to use a wheelchair for mobility. She also had serious strokes in 2005 and 2007 and had to undergo intense operations.

The Hungarian prima donna was not without losses herself; her daughter died on January 5, 2015, from a massive stroke. She was only 67 years old. Gabor’s only survivor is her husband.

Written by Jomo Merritt
Edited by Cathy Milne

Resources:

BIO: Happy Birthday, Zsa Zsa Gabor! Fun Facts About Her Glam Life
Variety: Hollywood Legend Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies at 99

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