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Zsa Zsa Gabor

Nine husbands, numerous movies and TV shows, and one slap heard round the world have marked the actress’ life.

Zsa Zsa Gabor as she appeared in Austrian films, ca. 1930s

Early days

Zsa Zsa Gabor was born Sari Gabor in Budapest in 1917. She studied at a Swiss boarding school and moved into singing and acting in Europe by the 1930s.

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Zsa Zsa Gabor

For the fans

Gabor began acting in the U.S. in 1952 along with her sisters, Magda and Eva.

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Glamorous Gabor

Dressed to the nines

Gabor starred as singer Jane Avril in the 1952 film "Moulin Rouge." The film was nominated for seven Oscars, although Gabor herself was not nominated. It won for best art direction and costume design.

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Moulin Rouge

Art of the film

Jose Ferrer and Suzanne Flon also starred with Gabor in "Moulin Rouge," which is based on the life of artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. To play Toulouse-Lautrec, who was just five feet tall, the five-foot-nine-inch Ferrer performed some scenes walking on his knees.

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Zsa Zsa Gabor;Judy Canova

Surrounded by baggage

Gabor, left, appeared with comedian Judy Canova on "The Colgate Comedy Hour," an NBC comedy series that ran from 1950-1955.

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The Gabor Family Portrait

Family portrait

Three generations of Gabors gathered in Vienna's Hotel Sacher to take this 1955 portrait. From left, the top row shows Magda, the sisters' mother Jolie, and Eva. The bottom row features Zsa Zsa, the sister's father Vilmos, and Zsa Zsa's daughter, Francesca. The three Gabor sisters have 20 marriages among them, but Francesca, daughter of Zsa Zsa and hotel baron Conrad Hilton, is the only child of any of them.

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TOUCH OF EVIL, Orson Welles, Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1958

Where 'Evil' works

Gabor, center, had a small role as a strip-club owner in Orson Welles' famed 1958 crime drama, "Touch of Evil." The film's famed opening sequence, three and a half minutes of a continuous shot following a bomb placed into a car, is considered one of the greatest long shots ever filmed.

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F is for Fun

Gabor, center, with Larry Storch at right, played a gypsy grifter on a 1966 episode of "F Troop." Gabor appeared in numerous TV shows, including "Mr. Ed," "Gilligan's Island," "The Love Boat," "Batman" and "Facts of Life."

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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Here's Johnny

Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor were talk-show regulars. Zsa Zsa is seen here appearing on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1968.

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Name Droppers

Still statuesque

Gabor kept her figure and youthful looks for decades. Although her birth date has been debated, she is believed to have been born in 1917, making her 52 in this 1969 photo taken on the set of the game show "Name Droppers."

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GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, Jim Backus, Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1964-1967

'Island' girl

Jim Backus, who played millionaire Thurston Howell III on "Gilligan's Island," shared a scene with Gabor in 1965. She played Erika Tiffany Smith, a fellow millionaire who wants to buy the castaways' island. The Skipper develops a crush on Smith, but she only has eyes for the Professor.

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Eva Gabor;Zsa Zsa Gabor

Sister, sister

Zsa Zsa's youngest sister, Eva, left, had an acting career of her own, starring as the city socialite thrust into country life in "Green Acres." Like her sisters, she wed often. Eva Gabor was married five times. When she passed away in 1995 at age 76, her mother was still living. Jolie Gabor would die at age 100 in 1997, but was never aware her daughter had passed away.

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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIOS, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Robert Englund, Dick Cavett, 1987, (c) New Line/courtesy Everett Collection

Freddy's coming for you, dahling

Gabor and talk-show host Dick Cavett shared a memorable scene in "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors." A character dreams she is watching Gabor on Cavett's talk show, when suddenly Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund, center) appears and slashes Gabor to death.

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 Zsa Zsa Gabor

The slap heard round the world

Later in life, Gabor made the news for a 1989 incident where she slapped a Beverly Hills policeman who stopped her for a traffic violation. She claimed he had sworn at her. She served 72 hours in jail and numerous legends, true or not, have sprung up about her time there. It was claimed she said she had to "bathe in Evian water" and that her release from jail was delayed 15 minutes so she could put on her makeup.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Laughing at yourself

Gabor went on to parody her famous cop-slapping incident in the movie "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" and on a 1991 episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," starring Will Smith.

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Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor responds to reporters questions during a news conference prior to a performance in the stage play "Cinderella" on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1993, in Los Angeles.   A jury ordered Gabor and her husband Fredrick Von Anhalt to pay actress Elke Sommer an added $1.2 million in punative damages for allegedly telling German publications the actress is a Hollywood has-been.   Gabor has previously been ordered to pay $2 million in general damages.   (AP Photo/Chris Martinez)

Ready for the ball

Gabor also did some stage acting. She's seen here performing in "Cinderella" in Los Angeles in 1993, but she also acted in "Forty Carats" on Broadway and traveled with the national tour of perennial Broadway favorite "Blithe Spirit."

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Frederick Von Anhalt [& Wife #6]

Husband number nine

Gabor has been married nine times, wedding Frederick Von Anholt in 1986. Her third husband, George Sanders, later married her older sister Magda, but just for six weeks. A famous story claims that Gabor was once asked how many husbands she'd had, to which she is said to have replied, "You mean, besides my own?"

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Health issues

Gabor had hip replacement surgery in 2010, at age 93, but her recovery was slow and an infection developed.

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