The best known of three glamorous sisters from Hungary, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor pioneered a modern version of celebrity — she was famous for being famous. She started as a beauty contest winner in Hungary. Now dead at age 99.
With the advent of television shows, Gabor became a frequent guest as early as the 1950s, charming audiences with her fractured English and slightly risqué jokes.
Her nine marriages and reputation for shaving years off her age made her a pop-culture punch line. When entertainer Bob Hope joked, “You can calculate Zsa Zsa Gabor’s age by the rings on her fingers,” it only added to her fame.
Among her husbands were Conrad Hilton (famous for the hotel chain), and actor George Sanders. Her ninth husband who she married in 1986 is Prince Fredrick von Anhalt who bought his title.
To Gabor everyone everyone was “dahlink,” an endearment the endeared the vernacular of mid 20th century and is still used by many today. She was fun!