We remember Zsa Zsa Gabor!
She was an early symbol of glamour. Her European persona charmed the Hollywood socialite world she adopted when leaving the darkness of her home continent. With her two sisters, Eva and Magda, Zsa Zsa Gabor proudly flaunted their aristocratic behavior and many became fond of her.
Following her death this past Sunday, Zsa Zsa Gabor closes one of the last surviving chapters of Hollywood glamour in the first half of the twentieth century. Born in Hungary, Gabor fled with her sisters and mother to the US before World War II broke out. They would make Hollywood a stronghold with their acting and beauty and that lovely accent they took with them. Acting wasn’t just the only thing Zsa Zsa was know for; she married 8 times and had one marriage annulled after a day (it does not count as a marriage because Gabor was still legally married to another man, but in the process of divorcing him). “A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it,” Ms. Gabor once said, and was married to her last husband for thirty years – her longest.
Zsa Zsa Gabor appeared in more than 60 television movies and feature films, wrote four books, and ran a cosmetics company. While her career was not as highly successful as her close friend, Elizabeth Taylor, Gabor was still admired in her movies. Some of the words she said that stood out because of her Hungarian accent that never went away; instead of “darling,” her accent said “dahlink.” It was one of the quirks of being of European decent in Hollywood such as Greta Garbo and Sophia Loren, whose beauty and acting prowess made them attractive.
Her elder years were just as memorable, but became sad. Even as her acting career slowed, her upper-class personality stayed the same. In 1989, she slapped a traffic cop after he gave her a ticket for driving with an expired license. Gabor spent 3 days in jail and claimed that the officer was using “Gestapo tactics” during the incident. The last decade of her life was of poor health. A car accident left her in a wheelchair, a stroke, heart surgery, and hip replacement followed, and in 2011, she had her leg amputated due to an infection in order to save her life. In 2015, her only child died.
Zsa Zsa Gabor is no more, but in her 99 years of life, she was one of a kind and unforgettable to many in the Hollywood circles of the early days.