Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Legendary Hollywood Actress ACTRESS ZSA ZSA GABOR, 99

She was one of the biggest stars of Hollywood in her time and remained a legend of the industry even into this day. Not merely an actress, she was quintessential showbiz socialite, just like her two sisters and fellow actresses; and her fashion sense was iconic of the period in her heyday. She was notorious for her multiple marriages and how she easily moved from one man to another while surprisingly remaining in good amicable terms with her exes as much as possible. Her Hungarian heritage also went and cemented her pronunciation of the word darling – “DAH-Ling” – as a stereotypical verbal tic of a hot and wealthy European lady. She was Zsa Zsa Gabor, and now he’s gone to join her sisters in another place.

According to BBC, Gabor died at her home in Bel-Air, Los Angeles at the age of 99. Her final husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, issued a statement that his wife of over 30 years passed away surrounded by their family and friends. Choked up by emotion, von Anhalt said of that moment, &"Everybody was there. She didn't die alone."Such was understandable; his marriage to Gabor far outlasted all her other previous relationships.

Born 1917 in Budapest, Hungary (at the time a part of the Empire of Austria-Hungary), Zsa Zsa initially planned to make a career as a veterinarian, only to be steered by her mother to the path she took, starting as a beauty queen when she was crowned Miss Hungary in 1932 (only to be stripped of the title for being under-aged and lying about it to compete). Moving to America during World War II, she eventually established herself in Hollywood by starring in over 70 movies from the 1950s to even the 90s. But while critically acclaimed as a credible actress, Gabor seemed to prefer the popularity she got from her celebrity lifestyle and romances.

One of the signature elements of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s personal life were her nine marriages and countless extramarital dalliances. Seven times she divorced her husband of the time, one other marriage she had annulled. Only her 1986 wedding to von Anhalt – adopted by Princess Marie-Auguste of old Imperial German nobility in exchange for money – lasted more than the others. In her words Gabor explained that they were together so long because they were friends who never married for love, but just let it happen as the years went by.

Gabor had been in subpar health during her later years. A 2002 car accident permanently confined her to a wheelchair and in 2011 had her right leg amputated due to an infection.

The entertainment world went on mass tribute mode as soon as word of her death came out. Longtime talk show host Larry King commented that there could only ever be on Zsa Zsa Gabor, the celebrity who was famous just for being famous.

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