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Zsa Zsa Gabor, entertainer, dies at home at 99, husband says

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor on Sept. 4, 1958.

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor on Sept. 4, 1958. The Hungarian-born entertainer died on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles, according to her husband. Photo Credit: AP

Zsa Zsa Gabor, a Hungarian-born television actress and personality known for her glamour, many husbands and provocative one-liners, died Sunday of heart failure at home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles, according to her husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt.

Gabor was 99.

She was the last surviving Gabor sister: Eva, who gained stardom on the 1960s television comedy series “Green Acres” was 74 when she died in 1995. Magda died in 1997 at age 78. Among the three sisters, they had at least 18 husbands, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Zsa Zsa Gabor had been hospitalized repeatedly since she broke her right hip in July 2010 after a fall at her home. She was using a wheelchair after being partially paralyzed in a 2002 car crash and suffering a stroke in 2005. Most of her right leg was amputated in January 2011 because of gangrene and her left leg was also threatened.

Gabor was known for witty comments on men, marriage and sexuality, made more intriguing by her thick accent, imperfect English and frequently uttered term of endearment: “dahlink.”

Among the socialite’s famous quotes: “Husbands are like fires. They go out if unattended.”

She was also known for fibbing about her age, with entertainer Bob Hope once quipping, “You can calculate Zsa Zsa Gabor’s age by the rings on her fingers.”

Far from bashful about her many marriages, she once said, “A girl must marry for love. And keep on marrying until she finds it.”

In addition to her much-publicized personal life, Gabor acted in at least 30 films, including a turn as a strip club owner in the Orson Welles noir classic “Touch of Evil.”

She was born Feb. 6, 1917 in Budapest, and named Sari Gabor after Hungarian actress Sari Fedak, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Zsa Zsa” was a family nickname.

Gabor had her first marriage — to a Turkish ambassador to Hungary — annulled. Then in 1941, spurred by her sister Eva’s stories of Hollywood, she took a ship to America.

She is survived by von Anhalt, her ninth husband, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Her previous husbands included hotel heir Conrad Hilton, actor George Sanders, a Turkish diplomat and an oil magnate, among other men of industry and wealth.

With AP


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