Zsa Zsa Gabor, the glamorous Hollywood icon who was in many ways famous for being herself, died Sunday, her publicist confirmed to several news outlets. She was 99.
Ms. Gabor had been in poor health over the last decade and was on life support for the last five years. She died of an apparent heart attack, TMZ reported.
Ms. Gabor was born in Hungary before 1920 — various accounts place her birth between 1917 and 1919. Her career started when she was named Miss Hungary in 1936.
Ms. Gabor had a storied life as an actress, socialite and celebrity’s celebrity — in many ways, she paved the way for today’s brand of reality stars who are famous for their personalities. She was the perfectly styled blonde whose stature commanded attention. In her Hungarian accent, she called everyone ‘dahling.’
Her marriages were the stuff of tabloid fodder — she was married nine times — and her notable quotes found their way on the gossip sheets of the times. Among her most famous witticisms — which largely poked fun at herself and the many men she married — are the following (found on the BrainyQuote):
- “I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.”
- “I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.”
- “A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he’s finished.”
But Ms. Gabor was also known for her movie and television work, starring on the big and small screens beginning in the 1950s. In 1962, she played herself on the comedy “Mister Ed,” a tale about a talking horse. The New York Times said she appeared in some 60 television and movie productions, including another small screen hit, “Batman.”
She was preceded in death by famous sisters Eva, who passed away in 1995, and Magda, in 1997. Ms. Gabor’s only child, Frances Hilton, died in 2015.