R.I.P! The glamorous serial divorcee and socialite has died of a heart attack at the age of 99.
The flamboyant Zsa Zsa Gabor outlived both her sisters Magda and Eva, and also her only child Constance Francesca Hilton. She also narrowly missed out on living for an entire century by just a little over a month.
She had suffered a serious car accident in 2002, and from that point her health continued to fail. She developed dementia, and ultimately her last 5 years were spent on life support. Her 9th husband, Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt, remained beside her until her very last breath, in her Bel Air mansion, on December 18, 2016.
Zsa Zsa was deemed the forerunner of the modern ‘celebrity for celebrity’s sake’ culture that exists today with the likes of the Kardashians, and Paris Hilton, her step great-granddaughter through one of her previous marriages. In her own words: “I deserve attention not because of any talent, but just because of who I am.”
For 60 years she most expertly played herself, staring in numerous films including ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘Lili’ and ‘Touch of Evil’, the Orson Welles classic.
She also lit up the small screen, as well as the Broadway stage, in the productions ‘Forty Carats’ and Noel Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’.
However, what was more important to her was shocking and outraging audiences by merely being herself. She was most recognized by her catchphrase “dah-link”, which she always pronounced dramatically in her thick Hungarian accent.
She also uttered some jaw-dropping statements regarding her blasé attitude to having been married 9 times, such as “I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back” and “Getting divorced just because you don’t love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do.”
Also not shy of legal scandal, Zsa Zsa is also remembered for when a jury found her guilty after she was accused of instigating a confrontation with a police officer, whom she slapped, because he had ticketed her.
She had been recklessly driving in her $215 000 Rolls-Royce without a license while drinking from a flask containing whiskey. She ended up with a sentence of 3 days in jail, a $2350 fine, and community service in a women’s homeless shelter. She also had to reimburse the court costs of $10 000!
Zsa Zsa was born on the 6th of February, 1917, in Budapest, and her name was an affectionate variation of her birth name Sari. Her film career began in Vienna, and in 1936 she was the crowned ‘Miss Hungary’.
Her “European flair and style” created a demand for her to appear in Hollywood films, and finally she found her forte within the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle, and in the hefty list of her colossally wealthy and famous husbands.
This record breaking list of husbands included:
- Burhan Asaf Belge, a Turkish intellectual and journalist
- Conrad Hilton, the founder of the famous chain of Hilton hotels
- George Sanders, an English actor and author
- Herbert Hutner, a banker and philanthropist
- Joshua S. Cosden Jr., an oil magnate
- Jack Ryan, an eccentric inventor and engineer
- Michael O’Hara, a lawyer
- Felipe de Alba, a lawyer and actor
- Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, an entrepreneur
And despite breaking so many of these men’s hearts, almost all of her ex-husbands remained devoted to her up to her death, and forgave her for her ostentatious obsession with jewelry, wealth and the public’s attention.