biography

Born Sari Gabor on February 6, 1917, in Budapest, Hungary (some sources cite 1916 and 1919 as her date of birth), actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was the second of three daughters born to a Hungarian soldier and his much younger wife, Jolie. Along with sister Eva, Gabor began acting as a child, and by the time she was a teenager she had considerable stage experience. An early marriage at age 20 to a much older man lasted just a few years. In 1941, Gabor followed her sister Eva to the U.S. and left her husband behind. Instead of working on her acting career, the Gabor sisters became socialites in Hollywood, and Zsa Zsa met and quickly married hotel king Conrad Hilton in 1942. The union lasted about five years and produced her only child, Francesca Hilton, born just months before their divorce. Gabor married again in 1949, this time to actor George Sanders. Yet she didn't make her film debut until 1952 in the musical Lovely to Look At (1952; with Kathryn Grayson and Red Skelton).

Zsa Zsa GaborDinah Manoff, Lee Grant, Francesca Hilton, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Diana Canova, Judy Canova, and Dinah ShoreGeorge Sanders and Zsa Zsa Gabor

LEFT: Early 1950s glamour photo of Zsa Zsa Gabor. CENTER: From a 1977 appearance on Dinah! with Dinah Manoff, Lee Grant, Francesca Hilton, Diana Canova, Judy Canova, and Dinah Shore. RIGHT: With third husband George Sanders

Gabor stayed focused on her acting career for the following decade, acting in many films including Moulin Rouge (1952; with Jose Ferrer), We're Not Married! (1952; with Ginger Rogers, Fred Allen, and Marilyn Monroe), and Lili (1953; with Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, and Jean-Pierre Aumont). In fact, in just a year Gabor's career eclipsed that of Sanders, and the couple divorced in 1954. With the death of the studio system and musicals in the 1950s, Gabor's promising career began sliding, and soon she was acting in such B-movie fare as The Girl in the Kremlin (1957; with Lex Barker), The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1958; with Anthony Quayle, and Queen of Outer Space (1958; with Eric Fleming and Paul Birch); the latter was a campy sci-fi film that, interestingly, is the film that Gabor is best known for.

the films of zsa zsa gabor

We're Not Married! (1952)

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As Eve Melrose in the 20th Century Fox comedy We're Not Married!

Moulin Rouge (1952)

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As Jane Avril in the MGM musical Moulin Rouge

Lili (1953)

Jean-Pierre Aumont and Zsa Zsa GaborJean-Pierre Aumont and Zsa Zsa Gabor

Jean-Pierre Aumont portrays a magician who makes Zsa Zsa Gabor's clothes disappear in the MGM musical Lili

The Most Wanted Man (1953)

Fernandel and Zsa Zsa Gabor

With Fernandel in the French comedy The Most Wanted Man

The Story of Three Loves (1953)

Farley Granger and Zsa Zsa Gabor

From the Warner Bros. romance The Story of Three Loves with Farley Granger

3 Ring Circus (1954)

Joanne Dru, Dean Martin, and Zsa Zsa GaborZsa Zsa Gabor and Dean Martin

LEFT: With Joanne Dru and Dean Martinin the Martin and Lewis comedy 3 Ring Circus, released by Paramount. RIGHT: Gabor puts the moves on Dean Martin

Death of a Scoundrel (1956)

Zsa Zsa Gabor and George Sanders

With George Sanders in the RKO crime drama Death of a Scoundrel

The Girl in the Kremlin (1957)

Lex Barker and Zsa Zsa Gabor

From Universal-International's The Girl in the Kremlin with Lex Barker

Country Music Holiday (1958)

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Gabor portrays herself in the Paramount musical Country Music Holiday

The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1958)

Zsa Zsa Gabor and Anthony Quayle

With Anthony Quayle in the British Lion crime drama The The Man Who Wouldn't Talk

Queen of Outer Space (1958)

Eric Fleming and Zsa Zsa GaborPaul Birch, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Eric FlemingZsa Zsa Gabor

From the campy Allied Artists science fiction film Queen of Outer Space, which has earned its place as a cult classic. LEFT: Astronaut Eric Fleming hooks up with Zsa Zsa Gabor. CENTER: With Paul Birch and Eric Fleming. RIGHT: Gabor as Talleah leads a revolt against the evil queen

For the First Time (1959)

Mario Lanza and Zsa Zsa Gabor

With Mario Lanza in the MGM musical For the First Time. This film was released just a few weeks before Lanza's untimely death

Arrivederci, Baby! (1966)

Tony Curtis and Zsa Zsa Gabor

With Tony Curtis in the Paramount comedy crime caper Arrivederci, Baby!

Picture Mommy Dead (1966)

Don Ameche and Zsa Zsa Gabor

From Bert I. Gordon's horror flick Picture Mommy Dead with Don Ameche

Jack of Diamonds (1967)

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From the MGM crime drama Jack of Diamonds

The Mike Douglas Show (1961-1982 Syndicated TV Series)

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Gabor served as co-host of The Mike Douglas Show for a week in October 1972

later years

In the 1960s, Gabor's film career slowed considerably, yet she made up for it with numerous television appearances and a well-received Las Vegas act. Yet, on occasion, she appeared in such films as Picture Mommy Dead (1966; with Don Ameche, Martha Hyer, and Susan Gordon) and Arrivederci, Baby! (1966; with Tony Curtis and Rosanna Schiaffino). Increasingly, rather than being known as an actress, Gabor was identified as the archetypal celebrity, and her public persona took over her career to such great effect that, from the 1970s onward, she often appeared in television series and films as herself. After a well-publicized run-in with a policeman in Beverly Hills in 1989, Gabor's career came to a close in the 1990s. A 2002 car accident compromised her health, and she had a stroke in 2005. Gabor had been very ill and was on life support for five years. Married a total of nine times, she was been married to current husband Frederic von Anhalt for 30 years; he survives her. Her daughter, Francesca Hilton, died in 2015 at age 67.

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filmography

FILM
The Naked Truth (1993) with Herb Edelman, M. Emmet Walsh, David Birney, Alex Cord, Yvonne De Carlo, Erik Estrada, Norman Fell, Lou Ferrigno, and Richard Gautier
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991) with Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson, Robert Goulet, Lloyd Bochner, and Peter Mark Richman
Johann Strauss - The King Without a Crown (1987) with Oliver Tobias, Karin Dor, Audrey Landers, and Mary Crosby
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) with Heather Langenkamp, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette, Robert Englund, Laurence Fishburne, John Saxon, Priscilla Pointer, and Brooke Bundy
Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie (1984) with Donald Pleasence, Yvonne Furneaux, June Wilkinson, and Aldo Ray
Every Girl Should Have One (1978) with Robert Alda, Alice Faye, Herb Vigran, and William Boyett
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
Up the Front (1972) with Frankie Howerd and Bob Hoskins
Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971) with Vincent Price, James Darren, Jill St. John, and Jim Backus
Jack of Diamonds (1967) with George Hamilton, Joseph Cotten, Maurice Evans, Carroll Baker, and Lilli Palmer
Arrivederci, Baby! (1966) with Tony Curtis, Lionel Jeffries, and Nancy Kwan
Picture Mommy Dead (1966) with Don Ameche, Martha Hyer, Susan Gordon, Wendell Corey, Signe Hasso, and Anna Lee
Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1966) with Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Dana, Janet Waldo, Hedda Hopper, Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Harvey Korman, Allan Melvin, and Daws Butler
Boys' Night Out (1962) with Kim Novak, James Garner, Tony Randall, Howard Duff, Janet Blair, Patti Page, Anne Jeffreys, William Bendix, Jim Backus, and Fred Clark
La contessa azzurra (1960)
Ninotchka (1960) with Maria Schell, Mischa Auer, and Gig Young
For the First Time (1959) with Mario Lanza
Queen of Outer Space (1959) with Eric Fleming, Dave Willock, Laurie Mitchell, Lisa Davis, Paul Birch, Marilyn Buferd, and Joi Lansing
Touch of Evil (1958) with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver, and Joi Lansing
Country Music Holiday (1958) with Ferlin Husky, Rocky Graziano, Faron Young, June Carter Cash, Jesse White, Cliff Norton, and Patty Duke
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1958) with Anna Neagle, Anthony Quayle, and Hugh McDermott
The Girl in the Kremlin (1957) with Lex Barker and William Schallert
Death of a Scoundrel (1956) with George Sanders, Yvonne De Carlo, Victor Jory, Nancy Gates, Coleen Gray, John Hoyt, Lisa Ferraday, Tom Conway, Werner Klemperer, and John Sutton
Ball der Nationen (1954)
3 Ring Circus (1954) with Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Joanne Dru, Wallace Ford, and Elsa Lanchester
Beauty and the Bullfighter (1954)
The Most Wanted Man (1953) with Fernandel
Lili (1953) with Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Kurt Kasznar, and Amanda Blake
The Story of Three Loves (1953) with Pier Angeli, Ethel Barrymore, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas, Farley Granger, James Mason, Agnes Moorehead, Richard Anderson, and Ricky Nelson
Moulin Rouge (1952) with Jose Ferrer
We're Not Married! (1952) with Ginger Rogers, Fred Allen, Marilyn Monroe, David Wayne, Eve Arden, Paul Douglas, Eddie Bracken, Mitzi Gaynor, and Jane Darwell
Lovely to Look at (1952) with Kathryn Grayson, Red Skelton, Howard Keel, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, and Ann Miller

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, episode Hi-Ho Silver, originally aired November 18, 1991
City, episode Oil and Water, originally aired April 16, 1990
Matt Houston, episode The Purrfect Crime, originally aired January 9, 1983
The Facts of Life, episode Bought and Sold, originally aired March 4, 1981
The Love Boat, episode She Stole His Heart/Return of the Captain's Brother/Swag and Mag, originally aired December 6, 1980
Supertrain, episode A Very Formal Heist, originally aired April 14, 1979
Night Gallery, episode The Messiah on Mott Street/The Painted Mirror, originally aired December 15, 1971
Bracken's World, episode King David, originally aired October 3, 1969
The Name of the Game, episode Fear of High Places, originally aired September 20, 1968
Batman, episode Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires, originally aired March 14, 1968
Batman, episode The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra, originally aired March 7, 1968
Bonanza, episode Maestro Hoss, originally aired May 7, 1967
The Rounders, episode The Scavenger Hunt, originally aired October 11, 1966
F Troop, episode Play, Gypsy, Play, originally aired March 1, 1966
Gilligan's Island, episode Erika Tiffany Smith to the Rescue, originally aired December 30, 1965
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, episode Double Jeopardy, originally aired January 8, 1965
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Supersleuth?, originally aired December 16, 1964
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Cable Roberts?, originally aired October 4, 1963
The Dick Powell Theatre, episode Charlie's Duet, originally aired March 19, 1963
G.E. True Theater, episode The Legend That Walks Like a Man, originally aired February 12, 1961
The Danny Thomas Show, episode Kathy and the Glamour Girl, originally aired October 31, 1960
Lux Playhouse, episode This Will Do Nicely, originally aired April 17, 1959
Matinee Theatre, episode The Two Mrs. Carrolls, originally aired April 3, 1958
Shower of Stars, episode Season 4, episode 6, originally aired March 20, 1958
Matinee Theatre, episode The Europeans, originally aired January 6, 1958
Matinee Theatre, episode The Last Voyage, originally aired July 4, 1957
Playhouse 90, episode Circle of the Day, originally aired May 30, 1957
The Life of Riley, episode Foreign Intrigue, originally aired February 15, 1957
Playhouse 90, episode The Greer Case, originally aired January 31, 1957
Sneak Preview, episode Just Plain Folks, originally aired July 3, 1956
Matinee Theatre, episode The Babylonian Heart, originally aired April 19, 1956
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Autumn Fever, originally aired April 5, 1956
Matinee Theatre, episode Tall, Dark Stranger, originally aired February 28, 1956
G.E. True Theater, episode The Honest Man, originally aired February 19, 1956
The Red Skelton Hour, episode Season 5, episode 13, originally aired December 27, 1955
Climax!, episode A Man of Taste, originally aired December 1, 1955
Climax!, episode The Great Impersonation, originally aired March 10, 1955

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