Zsa Zsa Gabor, famous for her glamour and even more for her marriages, died of heart failure, her longtime publicist Edward Lozzi confirmed. She was 99.


Gabor began her career as Miss Hungary in 1936. Her television and film roles usually saw her as the classic femme fatale, with plunging necklines and dripping in diamonds. After a time, her persona outside of the movies became more famous than her as an actress, and she began appearing as cameos of herself. Her sisters Eva and Magda also gained celebrity status, but Zsa Zsa continued working through the 1990s. She was the last surviving Gabor sister.

“A girl must marry for love, and keep marrying until she finds it,” Gabor famously said. Her husbands included a Turkish diplomat, Conrad Hilton, George Sanders (who later married sister Magda), an industrialist, an oil magnate, a toy designer, a divorce lawyer, a man often referred to as the Duke of Saxony, and finally a Mexican filmmaker, though that one only lasted a day and was annulled.

Gabor appeared in more than 60 TV and feature films, her best and most famous being Moulin Rouge in 1952 and Lili in ’53. She also had roles in Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958) and Queen of Outer Space in the same year. She also spent time as a guest on various tv shows, including the 1960s Batman series.

In addition, Gabor published four books with help from ghost writers. Zsa Zsa Gabor: My Story came out in 1960, followed by Zsa Zsa’s Complete Guide to Menin 1969, How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid of a Man in 1970 and One Lifetime Is Not Enough in 1991.

During her life of luxury, Gabor purchased a Bel Air villa built by Howard Hughes and owned by Elvis Presley. She was once arrested for slapping a police officer who pulled her over a traffic violation, and discovered that her license had expired and that she was driving with an open bottle of vodka in the car. “You cannot drive a Rolls-Royce in Beverly Hills anymore, because they have it in for you,” she later joked about the incident.

Gabor had been in and out of the hospital for years, starting in 2002 when she was in a car accident with her hairdresser, which left her in a wheelchair. She suffered a stroke in 2005 and in 2007 underwent surgery to treat a leg infection. Her got hip replacement surgery in July 2010 following a fall in her home, and in January 2011 her right leg was amputated above the knee to avoid a spreading deadly infection.

Two months following this, the upset over the death of friend Elizabeth Taylor sent her back to the hospital with high blood pressure. Then in November 2011, she needed emergency surgery after blood was found flowing through a feeding tube in her stomach.

Gabor is survived by her husband Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, who is known as the Duke of Saxony, despite sharing no blood relation to the family. He was born Hans Robert Lichtenberg to a German policeman, but changed his name when he was adopted as an adult by Princess Marie Auguste of Anhalt in 1980.

Gabor had only one child, Francesca Hilton, but she passed in 2015.

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