|A 1958 movie ad for one of the films that featured Zsa Zsa Gabor|
What was the Gabor's appeal?
|A photo of a younger Zsa Zsa Gabor|
Zsa Zsa was more famous for her off-screen antics than for her entertainment talents. She was married nine times, and her only child Francesca resulted from her marriage to the late hotel magnate Conrad Hilton (Francesca died at the age of 67 in January 2015). In Zsa Zsa Gabor's 1991 memoir "One Lifetime Is Not Enough", she claimed the baby had been conceived after she was allegedly raped by the hotel tycoon. But her marriage to Mr. Hilton was also reported to be one of her only marriages that was not for love, but for money, so we may never really know.
In 1989, Zsa Zsa (in)famously slapped a Beverly Hills police officer in the face and yelled vulgar obscenities at him from her Rolls Royce, and she even spent some time in prison for that incident. The judge stated that she already had a prior criminal record, adding that Ms. Gabor had been convicted in Britain of hitting another police officer with her purse, and was fined $5,000 for that incident.
|Zsa Zsa & then-husband Conrad Hilton sometime in the 1950's|
In 1994, she and TV talk-show host David Letterman drove around Los Angeles stopping at different fast food joints (see a clip at https://youtu.be/fEn8QdI8-24 for more), which kind of epitomized her self-mocking celebrity humor, especially in her later days.
Zsa Zsa Gabor did have some legitimate 'acting' credits (although mostly cameo appearances) to her name, having appeared in some 40+ films, including both American and European films, starring as herself in the movie A Very Brady Sequel in 1993, as well as a number television movies and TV shows (including an appearance on the sitcom Gilligan's Island in 1965, on Batman in 1968, as a cast-member on the soap opera As the World Turns in 1981 and on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1991 to name a few, see more by visiting http://bit.ly/2hSVVMr). Perhaps her most famous acting credit was for the original 1952 film production of Moulin Rouge. But she was never considered true, Oscar-worthy acting talent, and to her credit, she often parodied herself in some movie and TV appearances. According to her longtime publicist, the official cause of her death was heart failure, but TMZ reported that she had a heart attack.
|An older, frailer Zsa Zsa Gabor in more recent years|
Whether Zsa Zsa Gabor will be remembered for much outside of her narcissistic, gold-digging behavior will only be seen over time. But while she was alive, she certainly made a name for herself, and lived her life to the fullest.