Franck Fernandez – translator, interpreter, philologist
– “A woman must marry for love … in the meantime; she must marry all the men necessary until she finds him.”
– “These are just my working diamonds!”
– “I have never hated a man enough to return the jewelry he gave me.”
– “I deserve attention not for any talent, but for who I am. I am famous for being famous.”
– “One of my theories is that men love with their eyes, women love with their ears.”
These are some of the many comments of the very glamorous Zsa Zsa Gabor. She died at the age of 99 after a life of excesses, luxuries, frivolities, scandals, but … above all … very beautiful. Because if there is anything that can be said about Zsa Zsa Gabor, it is that, she was incredible, overwhelming and excessively beautiful.
She was born on February 6, 1917 under the name of Sári Gábor in what was still the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in the city of Budapest, within a family of the Jewish high bourgeoisie. From the beginning, her mother, Jolie Gabor, prepared her and her sisters Magda and Eva to be new “great horizontals” of the 20th century. At the age of 16, Zsa Zsa was chosen Miss Hungary and immediately began her artistic career in Vienna in the operetta “The Singing Dream”. She later married the Turkish diplomat Burha Asaf, her first husband. In 1941, she left for Hollywood following the steps of her sister Eva at whose wedding she met Charles Chaplin with whom she had a short relationship, reason for divorce from her Turkish husband. Later, she met her second husband Conrad Hilton, the founder of the Hilton hotel chain, with whom he had his only daughter: Constance Francesca Hilton. Then a rosary of lovers and husbands followed. She had nine marriages, among them the most famous was with the Mexican actor Felipe de Alba that only lasted 24 hours or with his lawyer Michael O’Hara that only lasted a week.
There were many lovers: King Farouk of Egypt, Frank Sinatra, billionaire Howard Hughes, John F. Kennedy, but the most famous of his relationships was with the Dominican playboy, polo player, racing driver, boxer, diplomat, spy and good for nothing Porfirio Rubirosa, who was husband or lover of the most beautiful and richest women of his time with the only merits of their masculine attributes and knowing how to serve ladies.
From the artistic life of Zsa Zsa, we can say that she was not really a great film actress, although she did participate in many films as a guest artist, and not only in the United States but also in France. Zsa Zsa Gabor excelled more on television and on Broadway in music theater. She was friend of almost all the Hollywood greats of her moment, especially of Elizabeth Taylor. Upon learning of the death of her great friend Taylor, she suffered a stroke that caused serious respiratory disorders. Upon learning of the death of her daughter Constance Francesca Hilton, she also suffered another stroke. The fact is that, since a car accident in 2002 in the company of the last of her husbands, the German prince Frédéric von Anhalt, she has remained in bed with her right leg an amputated and, in the las years, assisted by respiratory aid.
She was a great collector of jewelry, luxury cars and fur. For many years, she was talk of gossip magazines for her excesses, always ready to make fun of herself. In Spain in 1968, she slapped a police officer who came to claim her for not paying her hotel at Palma de Mallorca airport. In 1990, she slapped a police officer in Beverly Hills who arrested her for speeding and with a bottle of whiskey open in the glove box (which cost her three days in jail and 120 hours of community work), his famous fight with actress Shelley Winters and the very fantastic fights with Rubirosa. In 1992, she published his autobiography “One lifetime is not enough “.
With Zsa Zsa Gabor, it has gone of the last Hollywood’s icons. May the splendid Zsa Zsa Gabor rest in peace.