LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Zsa Zsa Gabor, the curvy blonde actress known for her intriguing personal life, including nine marriages, her breathy accent and her habit of calling everyone “darling,” died Sunday after reportedly suffering a heart attack. She was 99.
Gabor is survived by her ninth husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt.
The actress was born Sari Gabor in Budapest on Feb. 6, 1917. Her two sisters, Magda and Eva, also became actresses and she followed Eva to America, where she became a popular celebrity — famous for being famous.
Her lengthy film career began with 1952’s “Lovely to Look At,” and included spots in a dozen films and television series, including John Huston’s “Moulin Rouge” (1952) and the 1958 film noir “Touch of Evil” by Orson Welles.
Gabor’s marriages were the makings of endless headlines and among her husbands were actor George Sanders and hotel magnate Conrad Hilton.
“I am a marvelous housekeeper,” she once said. “Every time I leave a man I keep his house.”
She also noted, “Husbands are like fires. They go out when unattended.”
Gabor often appeared as herself on the screen, including a memorable role in the 1991 film “The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear.”
She regularly appeared on the talk show “The Merv Griffin Show” during the 1960s and 1970s. Griffin also created the game show “Jeopardy!”
One of Gabor’s toughest rounds of medical problems began while she was watching “Jeopardy.” She broke her right hip and suffered a concussion in July 2010 when she fell out of bed while watching the U.S. quiz show. At one point, she received last rites.
Her now-deceased publicist, John Blanchette, told NewsCore after her initial fall, “She has been bedridden since her accident in 2002,” referring to a car accident that left the actress partially paralyzed and forced her to use a wheelchair.
She also suffered a stroke in 2005.
In November 2011, she was rushed to the hospital after bleeding from the feeding tube in her stomach, according to her husband. That incident came only a month after she was taken to UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, where she previously had been admitted multiple times, after losing consciousness.
Gabor’s right leg was amputated that same year after powerful antibiotics failed to clear up an infection. She was again hospitalized after screen legend Elizabeth Taylor died in March of that year. Gabor was quoted at the time as saying she feared she would be the next to go.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) December 19, 2016
There will only be one Zsa Zsa Gabor. And, I liked her a lot. Rest In Peace, my dear.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 18, 2016
I love to put on diamonds and beautiful evening gowns and make my girl-friends upset. Zsa Zsa Gabor pic.twitter.com/pvKgzrPpH3
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) December 18, 2016
Sorry to hear that Zsa Zsa Gabor has died. Here with Porfirio Rubirosa & Nick Hilton. She was such fun. pic.twitter.com/LXyliIBqMn
— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) December 19, 2016
RIP Zsa Zsa Gabor.
99 years old, 9 husbands, Miss Hungary & Hollywood star. What a life! pic.twitter.com/wt759OWCvu
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 18, 2016
Rest in peace Zsa Zsa Gabor. She and her sisters were lovely ladies who were always fun and delightful to be around. -B
— Barbara Eden (@Barbara_Eden) December 18, 2016
— JONATHAN SOTHCOTT (@sothcott) December 18, 2016