Socialite, Actress. She is most remembered as the beautiful, vivacious, blonde socialite with a thick Hungarian accent, her nine marriages and her attempt to be a Hollywood movie star. She was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936 but disqualified as her true age was not on the contest application. In 1937, she married for the first time. Having a Jewish heritage, she escaped her native country for the United States just before the German occupation. By 1941 her mother and sisters, actress Eva Gabor and socialite Magda Gabor, also sought sanctuary in the United States. The three sisters had a childhood of expensive boarding schools, vacations at summer resorts and living in a estate with servants. Her mother Magda "Jolie" Furmann was a heiress to an European jewelry business and her father Valmos Gabor was a soldier. Her first divorce along with her parents' divorce happened about the time the family came to the United States. Her first film role was a supporting one in "Lovely to Look At" in 1952. This followed the same year with another supporting role in a comedy with Ginger Rogers, "We're Not Married!". Her break came later that year with a leading role in "Moulin Rouge" directed by John Houston. The rest of her films were supporting roles: "Lilo" in 1953, "Three Ring Circus" in 1954, "Death of a Scoundrel" in 1956, "The Man Wouldn't Talk" in 1958. After those films, she did cameo appearances playing herself in a few films. Her last cameo film appearance was in the in 1991 comedy, "The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear". Her television resume included "Burke's Law", "Life of Riley", "Gilligan's Island", "Batman", "The Love Boat" and countless talk and game show appearances. She was inducted into the B-Movie Hall of Fame on October 26, 2004. On June 14, 1989, she made the newspapers headlines after slapping a police officer over a traffic ticket for an expired car tag. The judge ordered her to spent 3 days in jail, 1200 hours of community service and to pay a fine including court cost of $25,000. The officer filed a civil suit for slander which was settled in his favor in 1991. She was sued by actress Elke Sommers for defamation of character with Sommers winning the judgment. In 1990 she lost seven million dollars to investor Bernie Madoff's Ponzi's scheme. The tabloid newspapers loved these and other incidents along with her love life with numerous marriages. She had nine husbands: Burham Asab Belge, a Turkish-government employee 15 years her senior; Conrad Hilton, a millionaire hotel magnate and the father of her only child; George Sanders, an actor who later married her sister Magda; Herbert Hutner, a lawyer, banker, and philanthropist; Josh Cosden, an oil man; Jack Ryan, the inventor of the Barbie doll; Michael O'Hara, lawyer; Felipe de Alba, Mexican lawyer, whose one-day marriage was annulled as the divorce from O'Hara was not completed before their marriage, and Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, socialite, millionaire, 26 years her junior and her widower. Her health started to decline in 2002 after an auto accident, then two strokes, followed by a broken hip, an above the knee amputated leg, having tube feedings and various other complications before dying of heart failure two months before her 100th birthday. Gabor had many quotes about men that were published in "US Today" in 2016. A good one is "I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back."
Bio by: Linda Davis
Gravesite Details Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery