Zsa Zsa Gabor (1919–2016,) originally Sári Gábor, was a Hungarian actress and socialite. She is famous not only for her television and film appearances, but also for her glamorous, and occasionally scandalous, personal life.
Born in Budapest, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Gabor was one of three sisters who all became socialites and performers, including popular television actress Eva Gabor. Zsa Zsa attended boarding school in Switzerland and contested in the 1936 Miss Hungary competition (she was disqualified for being underage) before moving to Hollywood in 1941.
After appearing in a 1950 episode of The Milton Berle Show, Gabor made her film debut in the musical Lovely to Look At (1952.) She received greater recognition for John Huston’s Moulin Rouge (1952) and Lili (1953.)
By the 1960s, Gabor’s persona had outshined her reputation as an actress, and her roles frequently required her to play a more or less dramatized version of herself. Her film career slowed, but she was in demand on television game shows and talk shows into the 1990s and appeared in such hit series as Gilligan’s Island (1965,) Bonanza (1967,) and Batman (1968.)
Gabor co-wrote such books as How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid of a Man (1970) and One Lifetime is Not Enough (1991.) Her outspoken and cheerful nature and her nine marriages secured her place as a larger-than-life Hollywood figure.