Hollywood Legend And Sex Symbol Zsa Zsa Gabor Passes Away At 99
2016 has seen the death of many a legendary musician and actor and as the year is drawing to a close we receive the tragic news of yet another one. Hollywood icon Zsa Zsa Gabor has died aged 99.
While sad, one has to be impressed with making it to 99. The news was confirmed by her publicist Ed Lozzi who informed reporters that she passed away at her mansion in Bel Air. After five years on life support, Zsa Zsa Gabor succumbed to a heart attack. The outspoken but charming and always glamorous Gabor was a trailblazer throughout her 60 year career and changed the industry for many that came after her.
Gabor has had many health issues in the last few years starting with a car accident in 2002 that resulted in her being wheelchair-bound. Further complications occurred in 2005 when she suffered a massive stroke. A fall at her Bel-Air home left her with a broken hip in 2010. Her leg was amputated above the knee but she bravely fought on. Gabor has received a number of acting credits and accolades over the years but was always most famous for playing herself.
She was quite a character, probably most famous for calling everyone dah-ling in an exaggerated English accent. She often joked of her many jewels and a string of nine marriages. Her later years were fraught with unhappiness with husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, her junior by many years, and her daughter. Gabor outlived both her sisters, Eva Gabor who passed in 1995 and Magda in 1997.
Early roles were “Moulin Rouge” in 1952, 1953’s “Lili,” Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil” and the 1958 hit “Queen of Outer Space.” She was born Sari Gabor in Budapest and in 1936 became Miss Hungary. Her sister Eva went to Hollywood and Zsa Zsa soon followed. Her first small break, before Moulin Rouge was in MGM’s 1952 “Lovely to Look At”. TV appearances included “The Red Skelton Hour,” “Playhouse 90” and “Matinee Theater.”
In 960 she starred in a TV adaptation of “Ninotchka” and had several guest appearance on a variety of series such as “Batman”, “Bonanza,” and “The Facts of Life.” In 1981 she was in the soapie “As the World Turns”. The world of showbiz will miss her caustic humour and riveting personality.