Hollywood legend Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 99


Zsa Zsa Gabor at London's Heathrow airport, June 1982

The actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has died, aged 99, according her publicist quoted in US media reports.

Born in Hungary, she emigrated to the United States during World War Two and made her Hollywood debut in 1952.

She appeared in more than 70 films, but was more famous for her celebrity lifestyle.

She was married nine times – taking her first husband at the age of 20 and wedding for the last time when she was nearly 70.

Choking back sobs, her husband Frederic von Anhalt told the AFP news agency that Gabor had passed away at home, surrounded by her friends and family.

“Everybody was there. She didn’t die alone,” he said.

Obituary: Zsa Zsa Gabor

Born Sari Gabor in Budapest on 6 February 1917, the future starlet was immediately nicknamed Zsa Zsa by her family.

Though she had initially wanted to be a vet, her mother had other ideas – and her beauty soon saw show business beckon.

Gabor was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936, but was later disqualified for lying about her age to enter the pageant.

Her resume includes a long list of film roles in such hit films as Moulin Rouge, Lili and Arriverderci Baby.

Her only child was Constance Francesca Hilton, her daughter with hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, who was born in 1947.

Gabor was plagued by ill-health in her later years, and was left wheelchair-bound after a 2002 car accident in Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

In 2011, she suffered an infection that saw her right leg was amputated above the knee to save her life.


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