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 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.
For the fans
Gabor began acting in the U.S. in 1952 along with her sisters, Magda and Eva.
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.
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.
Surrounded by baggage
Gabor, left, appeared with comedian Judy Canova on "The Colgate Comedy Hour," an NBC comedy series that ran from 1950-1955.
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.
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.
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."
Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor were talk-show regulars. Zsa Zsa is seen here appearing on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1968.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?"
Gabor had hip replacement surgery in 2010, at age 93, but her recovery was slow and an infection developed.