Actress and Socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies From Heart Attack at 99

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Hungarian actress and longtime socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has passed away at the age of 99.

The first famous for being famous American star suffered a heart attack and died surrounded by her loved ones and friends at her Bel-Air home on Sunday.

Her husband, Frederic von Anhalt told AFP that Gabor didn’t die alone. ‘Everybody was there. She didn’t die alone,’ he said while choking back sobs.

The long-time Beverly Hills socialite had dealt with a number of health troubles after being involved in a car accident in 2002 which resulted in her becoming partially paralyzed.

Back in February, the glamorous actress who was known for her love life as much as she was for her films, was rushed to an emergency room after suffering from breathing difficulties.

Hungarian actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has passed away at the age of 99. She is pictured above in 2010
Hungarian actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has passed away at the age of 99. She is pictured above in 2010

The Hollywood star had celebrated her 99th birthday in February, with her ninth husband telling TMZ that the actress was admitted into a Los Angeles hospital.

At the time, Von Anhalt, who married Gabor in 1986, told the site that a doctor came to the couple’s home and removed mucus from her throat but it was then decided she should be taken to hospital.

Doctors diagnosed her with having a feeding tube-related lung infection. She underwent surgery to have it removed.

‘She is fighting right now and she wants to move on. She wants to live,’ her 72-year-old husband said of his wife at the time of her February hospitalization.

‘She squeezes my hand, she kisses. She is drinking water, she has ice cream. She wants to move on.

‘People don’t want to move on — they give up, they totally give up,’ he added. ‘[But] she wants to move on.

‘She never told me, ‘Let me go’ or ‘I don’t want to live anymore’, things like that… like people do when they get to an age like that. She never did it.

‘Her mother did it but she never did it. So we keep going and see what happens. The main thing that we are watching is that we don’t have any pain, you know? She has no pain at all.’

The Hungarian beauty, who hadn’t been seen in public for years, was previously hospitalized after developing a severe throat infection in 2012.

A year earlier in 2011, her right leg was amputated above the knee after doctors found an infection and antibiotics failed to cure it.

The most famous of the Gabor sisters, born Sari Gabor in Budapest in 1917, she pursued the spotlight as relentlessly as she did the men in her life.

Gabor’s stage career started in Vienna, when she was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936.

She decided to follow her sister Eva to California to pursue a career in Hollywood.

After a string of television work and odd parts in movies, her big break came with a starring role in Moulin Rouge in 1952 opposite Jose Ferrer.

The actress starred in films such as The Girl in the Kremlin and Queen of Outer Space.

She became a Hollywood sex symbol – fueled largely by her candid comments on her colorful love life.

‘Men have always liked me and I have always like men,’ she told Life magazine in 1951.

‘I am a marvelous housekeeper,’ she once said. ‘Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.’

And when asked ‘How many husbands have you had?’ she was quoted as saying, ‘You mean other than my own?’

Her lavish lifestyle and persona outshone her film and television career.

Gabor was true gossip fodder and every aspect of her life was fair game, including her nine marriages.

The outspoken Gabor first married Turkish diplomat Burhan Asaf Belge in 1937 and they divorced in 1941.

In 1942, she went on to marry Conrad Hilton, the hotel businessman and the great-grandfather of another ‘famous for being famous’ socialite Paris Hilton.

They stayed married for five years, and had a daughter, Francesca, together.

The couple split in 1947 and in 1949, Gabor married Oscar-winning actor George Sanders, but that marriage ended in 1954.

Sanders went on later to marry Gabor’s sister, Magda, but their marriage ended in divorce as well.

In 1962, the jet-setting socialite married Herbert Hutner, but they split four years later in 1966.

Gabor then married Joshua S. Cosden Jr. later that year in 1966, but they divorced a year later in 1967.

In 1975 she married Jack Ryan, but that marriage only lasted a year and they were divorced in 1976. 

That same year, she went on to marry Michael O’Hara, as the couple split in 1983. Gabor then married Felipe de Alba not long after, but the marriage was annulled that same year in 1983.

The marriage to de Alba was annulled because her divorce from O’Hara was not final at the time of the wedding.

Three years later, Gabor married von Anhalt in 1986, as this was her longest marriage of the nine. This marriage garnered her the title Princess von Anhalt, Duchess of Saxony.

While magazine covers came easily, the same couldn’t be said for roles on screen for Gabor.

In the years following her big break in the 1950s, she slipped back into supporting work in films, such as Death of a Scoundrel and The Man Who Wouldn’t Talk.

She missed out on playing Caswell in All About Eve after the part went to Marilyn Monroe.

Despite the lack of starring roles, her golden locks and radiant beauty made Gabor the epitome of Old Hollywood glamour.

And despite gracing countless magazine covers, one of the most recognized images of Gabor was a well-publicized mug shot.

It was taken on June 14, 1989, after Gabor was arrested for slapping police officer Paul Kramer in Beverly Hills who had stopped her car.

After a brief but costly trial costing more than $25,000, she was found guilty

She served three days behind bars and was ordered to do 120 hours of community service.

While living in Hollywood for years, she became a well-known socialite alongside her sister Eva. The two sisters could often be found attending lavish events and parties.

Throughout Gabor’s career, many critics said the sisters were famous for nothing, as some have compared the Kardashian family of sisters to them.

Gabor’s extravagant lifestyle and desire to call everyone ‘dahling’ often made her a headline-grabber.

Her thick Hungarian accent was much parodied — especially her penchant for calling everyone she met ‘darling’ — or ‘dahlink’ as she pronounced it.

It became her unique signature.

‘I call everyone ‘dahlink’ because I can’t remember their names,’ the socialite once said.

Her love life also is what seemingly kept her in the public eye, as she made a career joking about her several marriages and affairs.

She wrote in her 1993 autobiography ‘One Lifetime is Not Enough’ that she lost her virginity at the age of 15 to Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

‘For the rest of my life, I would search for another god to eclipse him,’ Gabor wrote.

Her romantic scorecard was a ‘Who’s Who’ of Hollywood heartthrobs of her day, and her kiss-and-tell book detailed romances with screen legends Sean Connery and Frank Sinatra.

Gabor was known to be picky, however, spurning the advances of John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, John Huston and Henry Fonda, she wrote in her autobiography.

Her romantic dalliances even included a flirtation with screen legend Greta Garbo.

‘She kissed me straight on the mouth. And I couldn’t help kissing her back because she was so overwhelmingly strong and so beautiful,’ Gabor wrote.

The icon was the author of the books ‘How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid of a Man,’ and ‘Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Complete Guide to Men’.

Gabor once summed up her attitude toward marriage by saying: ‘Getting divorced just because you don’t love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do.’

Tributes for the beloved actress began flooding social media, as many actors paid their respects to her.

British Actress Joan Collins took to Twitter and shared a photograph of Gabor.

Collins wrote: ‘Sorry to hear that Zsa Zsa Gabor has died. Here with Porfirio Rubirosa & Nick Hilton. She was such fun.’

Fellow actress and TV icon Barbara Eden took to Twitter and wrote: ‘Rest in peace Zsa Zsa Gabor. She and her sisters were lovely ladies who were always fun and delightful to be around. -B’

SOURCE: Daily Mail – Regina F. Graham, Jenny Stanton, Khaleda Rahman