The bubbly personality of the century, Zsa Zsa Gabor has died at the age of 99 on Sunday in Los Angeles from heart failure.
Gabor had been having medical troubles since 2002 after a traumatic car crash left her in a coma and subsequently confined to a wheelchair. Then came her 2009 bout with pneumonia and in 2010 she fell and needed a hip replacement. The replacement caused additional issues with swelling and clots, which led to her leg needing to be amputated.
Born in Budapest, Hungary the European jewelry heiress was discovered at the age of 13 and went on to act with many Hollywood greats. She starred in movies like Lovely to Look At, We’re Not Married!, Moulin Rouge, Death of a Scoundrel and Touch of Evil. She also lent her voice to Disney’s Aristocats. Not to be confined to the big screen she also made appearances on TV shows like The Life of Riley, Playhouse 90, Matinee Theatre, Burke’s Law, Gilligan’s Island and Batman.
The former beauty queen was a vibrant personality in the Hollywood circuit. But she eventually overshadowed her own talent with a succession of marriages, nine in all, as well as run-ins with the law including slapping a police officer in 1989 when he pulled her over for drunk driving.
The “dahlink” socialite is also rumored to have had romantic liaisons with sexy leading men such as Sean Connery, Richard Burton, Frank Sinatra, as well as with politician Henry Kissinger.
She won a special award at the 1958 Golden Globes for the most glamorous actress. She earned her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960. It can be seen at 6915 Hollywood Blvd.
Zsa Zsa had one child, daughter Francesca Hilton, at the age of 30 from her second marriage. Francesca died in January 2015 from a stroke.