ZSa Zsa Gabor, the 99-year-old formerbeauty queen and actress, died Sunday in Los Angeles.Her friend and former publicist, Edward Lozzi, told USA TODAY that she died around 1 p.m. PT Sunday. The news wZsa Zsa Gabor has died, according to reports.Curt Wilcott, APShe was ahead of her time.
In the Hollywood Golden Age, Gabor, or simply Zsa Zsa to most, was perhapsthe first celebutante.If there had been no Zsa Zsa, there probably would be no Kim Kardashian.”She did not suffer fools well,” said a statement from Lozzi, who had represented her “on and off” since 1989. “Zsa Zsa Gabor was one tough cookie.
Her beautiful lips and mouth would also be her worst enemy when and if she turned on the verbal machine gun.
Most of her problems originated from that beautiful mouth.”Zsa Zsa Gabor will always be an American icon and the klieg in the Gabor-Hilton dynasty.”Gabor had been in ill health since being hospitalized after a fall in July 2010.
She had hip replacement surgery afterward but returned to the hospital several times for treatment of swelling and clots.
Most of her right leg had been amputated because of gangrene.
Although after her television career Gabor had become a punchline or a caricature, known for her run-in with a Beverly Hills cop or for her many marriages, it wasn’t always that way. Gabor was of a time when “socialite” was not yet a term of derision.
Despite a spotty film career, she became a staple on TV.
She often appeared as herself and spoofed her active social life with a quip and a “dahlink” that became her signature term of endearment.
She was born Sari Gabor in Budapest, Hungary in 1917, the middle of three sisters.
Magda and Eva also were actresses and socialites; Eva starred on TV’s Green Acres. Eva Gabor died in 1995 and Magda in 1997.
Zsa Zsa competed in the 1936 Miss Hungary pageant but, her mother’s biography she said, was disqualified for being underage.
She made her film debut in the musicalLovely to Look At(1952) opposite Red Skelton, Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel.
Fittingly for someone who became famous just for being herself, Gabor’s character’s name was Zsa Zsa.
That same year, she also had a part in We’re Not Married!with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire and starred inMoulin Rougewith José Ferrer.
Gabor later appeared opposite one time husband George Sanders in Death of a Scoundrel(1956) and had a small role in Orson Welles’Touch of Evil(1958).
Memorably, she played Talleah in the B-movieQueen of Outer Space(1958).